Harvey Weinstein

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Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein Césars 2014 (cropped) (centered).jpg
Weinstein in 2014
Born (1952-03-19) March 19, 1952 (age 68)
EducationUniversity at Buffalo
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1979–2017
Spouse(s)
Eve Chilton
(m. 1987; div. 2004)

Georgina Chapman
(m. 2007; div. 2017)
Children5
RelativesBob Weinstein (brother)
Criminal information
Criminal statusCurrently incarcerated, awaiting second trial in Los Angeles
Conviction(s)
1 count of third-degree rape, 1 count of criminal sexual assault in the first degree
Criminal chargeRape, criminal sex act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct
PenaltyAwaiting sentencing

Harvey Weinstein (born March 19, 1952) is an American movie producer, movie studio executive and convicted rapist. He and his brother Bob Weinstein co-founded Miramax, which produced several popular independent movies including Pulp Fiction, Clerks, The Crying Game, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape.[1]

Career[change | change source]

Weinstein won an Academy Award for producing Shakespeare in Love, and won seven Tony Awards for producing a variety of winning plays and musicals, including The Producers, Billy Elliot the Musical, and August: Osage County.[2]

Weinstein and his brother Bob were co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company from 2005 to 2017.

Weinstein is Jewish[3] and a Democrat.

In Oscar acceptance speeches given since 1966, Weinstein has been thanked a total of 34 times by actors and actresses – equalling thanks given to God, and second only to Steven Spielberg with 43 mentions.[4]

Sexual harassment allegations[change | change source]

In October 2017, following many allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, Weinstein was fired by his company's board of directors, and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[5] As a result, the #MeToo movement began to raise awareness of victims of sexual abuse and harassment.

Arrest and trial[change | change source]

On May 25, 2018, Weinstein was arrested in New York, charged with rape and other offenses, and released on bail.[6]

On February 24, 2020, he was found guilty of two of five felonies in New York, charges which carry a sentence of up to twenty five years.[7]

On March 22, 2020, Weinstein was diagnosed with COVID-19 while in prison in New York.[8][9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Kunz, William M. (2007). Culture Conglomerates: Consolidation in the Motion Picture And Television Industries. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-7425-4066-8. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  2. Klinger, Barbara (March 13, 2006). Beyond the Multiplex: Cinema, New Technologies, and the Home. University of California Press. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-520-24586-0. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  3. Renee, Ghert-Zand (March 6, 2012). "Weinstein Awarded French Legion of Honor". The Jewish Daily Forward.
  4. Rodriguez, Ashley. "How powerful was Harvey Weinstein? Almost no one has been thanked at the Oscars more". Quartz. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  5. Lartey, Jamiles; London, Edward Helmore David Batty in (October 14, 2017). "Harvey Weinstein expelled from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". The Guardian. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  6. "Harvey Weinstein charged with rape". BBC News. May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  7. Pilkington, Ed (February 24, 2020). "Harvey Weinstein found guilty at rape trial". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  8. Mahoney, Joe (March 22, 2020). "At New York prison, Harvey Weinstein put in isolation after contracting virus". Niagara Gazette. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  9. Patten, Dominic (March 22, 2020). "Harvey Weinstein Tests Positive For Coronavirus In NY State Prison; Convicted Producer In Isolation". Deadline. Retrieved March 22, 2020.