Harvey Weinstein

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Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein Césars 2014 (cropped).jpg
Weinstein in 2014
Born (1952-03-19) March 19, 1952 (age 67)
New York City, New York, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity at Buffalo
OccupationFilm producer (1979–2017)
Criminal chargeFirst-degree rape, third-degree rape and first degree criminal sex act
Spouse(s)
Eve Chilton
(m. 1987; div. 2004)

Georgina Chapman
(m. 2007; sep. 2017)
Children5
RelativesBob Weinstein (brother)

Harvey Weinstein (born March 19, 1952) is an American movie producer and former movie studio executive. 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]

Harvey 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.

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.[3] As a result, the #MeToo movement began to raise awareness of victims of sexual abuse and harassment.

On May 25, 2018, Weinstein was arrested in New York, charged with rape and other offenses, and released on bail.[4]

Weinstein is Jewish[5] 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.[6]

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. Lartey, Jamiles; London, Edward Helmore David Batty in (14 October 2017). "Harvey Weinstein expelled from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. "Harvey Weinstein charged with rape". BBC News. May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  5. Renee, Ghert-Zand (March 6, 2012). "Weinstein Awarded French Legion of Honor". The Jewish Daily Forward.
  6. Rodriguez, Ashley. "How powerful was Harvey Weinstein? Almost no one has been thanked at the Oscars more". Quartz. Retrieved 15 October 2017.