Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein is taking a leave of absence from his own company – after The New York Times released a report alleging decades of sexual harassment against women, including employees and actress Ashley Judd.
The article includes several first-person accounts of Weinstein’s alleged conduct and reports that two company officials say at least eight women have received settlements – including actress Rose McGowan.
Also included is Judd’s account of an incident from twenty years ago – in which she was asked to meet Weinstein in his hotel room.
In a statement, Weinstein acknowledged he behaved inappropriately with colleagues – but didn’t address any specific allegations in the Times piece.
Weinstein’s attorney Charles Harder said in a statement – that the Times story included false and defamatory accounts – but didn’t provide specifics.