Harvey Weinstein is taking "an indefinite leave of absence" from his film company pending an internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. "We take extremely seriously the accusations published in today’s New York Times about our Company’s co-chairman Harvey Weinstein," a statement from members of the Weinstein Company’s Board of Representatives read. "It is essential to our Company’s culture that all women who work for it or have any dealings with it or any of our executives are treated with respect and have no experience of harassment or discrimination."
The statement goes on to say that the company has hired a lawyer, John Kiernan of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, to "undertake a thorough and independent investigation and report to the full Board on the results of that investigation."
"In the meantime, the Company is under the leadership of its Co-Chairman, Bob Weinstein, and its Chief Operating Officer, David Glasser, who plan to proceed with business in the ordinary course," the statement concludes.