LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein (all times local):
According to TMZ, Weinstein is still in Arizona where he will be continuing an outpatient program to treat psychological issues. Weinstein’s psychologist told the celebrity website that Weinstein took the “intensive therapy” seriously and was “invested in the program.” The psychologist said he helped Weinstein focus on “dealing with his anger, his attitude toward others, boundary work and the beginnings of work on empathy.”
Actor Tom Hanks weighed in, calling the scandal a watershed moment for Hollywood.
“I think his last name will become a noun and a verb,” said Hanks. “It’ll become an identifying moniker for state of being for which there was a before and an after.”
A former television and stage actress says Harvey Weinstein ruined her career ambition after he exposed himself to her during a meeting in 1989.
Speaking at a Friday press conference with attorney Gloria Allred, Heather Kerr said that she been working in the office of an entertainment business manager and sometimes answered the phones. Weinstein was a frequent caller and at one point he suggested they meet at an office in Westwood. After she arrived, he told her to sit on the couch, sat next to her and kept telling her she needed to be “good” if she wanted to succeed. He then pulled down his zipper and exposed himself.
Kerr says she backed away from him, left the room and hurried out of the building. After some theater work, she quit acting. “I felt so powerless,” she tearfully recalled. Her acting credits in the 1980s include the TV shows “The Facts of Life” and “Mama’s Family.”
Weinstein is facing criminal charges in three cities after allegations of rape and sexual assault.
The Television Academy says it has voted to begin disciplinary proceedings against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
The academy’s board of governors issued a statement Friday declaring that “sexual harassment in any form is abhorrent and totally unacceptable.”
The academy, which bestows the Emmy awards, said a hearing has been set for November to consider “action up to and including termination of academy membership.”
Weinstein has recently been accused of multiple acts of sexual harassment and assault spanning decades. He has been fired from The Weinstein Co., a TV and movie film production company he co-founded with his brother Bob. He already has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
A group of staffers for the company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein have spoken out about the allegations of decades of sexual conduct against the media mogul by signing a letter stating they didn’t know they were “working for a serial sexual predator.”
The anonymous letter signed simply by “Select Members of The Weinstein Company Staff” was published online by The New Yorker on Thursday. In a separate story, the magazine says the letter was penned by about 30 Weinstein employees.
The employees say they knew of Weinstein’s “infamous temper” and that he could be “manipulative,” but didn’t know “that he used his power to systematically assault and silence women.”
Representatives for Weinstein and The Weinstein Company didn’t immediately return a request for comment Friday.
More than 40 women have accused Weinstein, 65, of harassment or abuse. Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Lupita Nyong’o have all accused Weinstein of harassment, while actresses Asia Argento and Rose McGowan have accused the film mogul of raping them.
Nyong’o accused Weinstein of several incidents of harassment in an op-ed piece published by The New York Times on Thursday, including a 2011 incident in which she said the mogul tried to give her a massage at his Connecticut home. She refused, instead giving the mogul a massage and leaving when he said he wanted to take off his pants, Nyong’o wrote.
The stories of harassment and abuse dating back decades has left to the total downfall of a producer who once ruled Hollywood’s awards season with a string of contenders including “Shakespeare in Love,” for which he shared an Oscar, and films such as “The King’s Speech” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Since The New York Times published its initial expose on Oct. 5, Weinstein has been fired from the company he co-founded, expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the producers guild has initiated his expulsion. Honors conferred by Harvard University and the British Film Institute have been rescinded, and several Democratic lawmakers have donated political contributions they received from Weinstein to charity.
Ring said in a statement Thursday that the breadth of accusations against Weinstein compelled his client to speak to police.
“My client is grateful to all the courageous women who have already come forward to finally expose Weinstein,” Ring said. “These women may not have realized it, but they gave my client the support and encouragement to hold Weinstein accountable for this horrible act.”
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