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Harvey Weinstein fired over sexual harassment allegations


Harvey Weinstein was sacked over the weekend as head of the film studio he co-founded with his brother.

Oscar-winning movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been fired from a company he helped found, amid "new information" following allegations of sexual abuse and harassment.

Among his other producing credits included films like Pulp Fiction, The Aviator, and Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

They continued to work for the firm until 2005 when they quit to set up the Weinstein Company, which spawned hits including The King's Speech, Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook.

The 44-year-old has taken to Twitter again to motivate others to come forward by sharing an image of herself in her 20s from the time she alleges she was victimised by Harvey Weinstein.

About a third of the company's all-male board resigned the same day.

Earlier this week, the American film producer apologised after the New York Times reported a number of allegations made against him.

The actress went on to praise the women who spoke out against Weinstein's alleged assault, calling them "brave" and "heroes".

Mr Weinstein had been informed.

In a series of statements, Weinstein veered between contrition and anger. In a Thursday statement he said that he sometimes behaved badly with some of his colleagues in the past and apologized for it. "It relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file, which has been debunked by nine different eyewitnesses".

Later in the statement, he vowed to do better, and said he would channel his anger against the National Rifle Association and President Donald Trump.

"It will be named after my mom, and I won't disappoint her", he said. The Weinstein Company board that made this decision was already depleted in ranks by board members who quit soon after the misconduct revelations became public. All have disputed the claims.

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