Harvey Weinstein is a successful movie producer who appears to have a dark past, according to the New York Times. The Times has uncovered allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein spanning decades, including at least eight settlements with women.
Harvey Weinstein, along with his brother Bob Weinstein, created the film distribution company Miramax in the early 1970’s. The brothers distributed movies such as Errol Morris’ documentary “The Thin Blue Line” and Steven Soderbergh’s “Sex, Lies, and Videotape.”
The brothers sold the company to Disney for $80 million in 1993. Under Disney, they put out hits such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s “Good Will Hunting.”
The brothers left Miramax in 2005 to form a production company, The Weinstein Company.
Harvey Weinstein, 65, is responsible for six films that have won the Oscar for Best Picture. Harvey Weinstein was also responsible for the television show “Project Runway,” and has collected seven Tony awards for play and musicals including “The Producers, Billy Elliot the Musical, and August: Osage County.”
Harvey Weinstein also received an award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization along with his brother.
Harvey Weinstein has five children from two marriages. He was married to Eve Chilton from 1987 to 2004, they have three children together and is currently married to actress Georgina Chapman. They married in 2007.
Allegations against Harvey Weinstein include asking women, including actress Ashley Judd, to massage him while he's naked and to watch him shower.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go,” said Harvey Weinstein in a statement to the Times Thursday.
Harvey Weinstein is being represented by lawyer Lisa Bloom, well known for creating the legal strategy that brought down alleged sexual harasser and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
“[Harvey Weinstein ]denies many of the accusations as patently false,” said Bloom in a statement to the Times.