By Josh Rottenberg and Amy Kaufman
Los Angeles Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) This week’s collapse of Harvey Weinstein is unlike anything Hollywood has seen in modern memory.
Los Angeles Times
One might say it’s among the most stunning falls from grace Hollywood has ever seen, but the word “grace” has rarely been used where Harvey Weinstein is concerned.
In less than a week, the mounting scandal over allegations of sexual harassment and assault has rapidly consumed the once-powerful film mogul, and the entertainment industry as a whole.
With fresh accusations against Weinstein continuing to emerge after stories involving stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie broke in the New York Times and the New Yorker, organizations and individuals across Hollywood and in politics are scrambling to distance themselves from him, while large and uncomfortable questions are arising about what the scandal reveals about the culture of Hollywood.
Since the first New York Times story appeared last Thursday, Weinstein, a man who for decades was renowned for his ability to mint award-winning hits like “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “The King’s Speech” and whose films have racked up more than 300 Oscar nominations, has become a pariah.
The Weinstein Co., which he ran alongside his brother Bob, has fired him. His wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, with whom he has two children, has announced that she is divor-cing him. And the film academy, whose validation Weinstein so clearly cherished as a brash outsider from Queens, and whose 54-member board of governors currently has 21 women serving on it, has publicly disavowed him.
On Wednesday, the academy released a statement calling Weinstein’s alleged behavior “repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents” and announcing that its board of governors would hold a special meeting Saturday to review his membership.