Information You May Need To Know About Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein Biography
Harvey Weinstein CBE is an American convicted sex offender and former film producer. He and his brother Bob Weinstein co-founded the entertainment company Miramax, which produced successful independent films including Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), The Crying Game (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Heavenly Creatures (1994), Flirting with Disaster (1996), and Shakespeare in Love (1998).
Weinstein won an Academy Award for producing Shakespeare in Love and seven Tony Awards for plays and musicals, including The Producers, Billy Elliot the Musical, and August: Osage County. After leaving Miramax, Weinstein and his brother Bob founded The Weinstein Company, a mini-major film studio. He was co-chairman, alongside Bob, from 2005 to 2017.
In October 2017, following sexual abuse allegations, Weinstein was dismissed from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. More than 80 women had made allegations against Weinstein by October 31. The allegations sparked the #MeToo social media campaign and many similar sexual abuse allegations against (and dismissals of) powerful men around the world; this phenomenon is referred to as the “Weinstein effect”.
Weinstein was arrested in New York and charged with rape on May 25, 2018. His trial began on January 6, 2020, and he was also charged with rape in Los Angeles. On February 24, 2020, he was found guilty of two of five felonies in New York. On March 11, 2020, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Weinstein is an inmate in Rikers Island prison.
Harvey Weinstein Age
He was born on March 19, 1952, in Flushing, New York, NY. He is 69 years old.
Harvey Weinstein Wife
Weinstein has been married twice. In 1987, he married his assistant Eve Chilton; they divorced in 2004. They had three daughters: Remy (previously Lily) (born 1995), Emma (born 1998), and Ruth (born 2002). In 2007, he married an English fashion designer and actress Georgina Chapman.
They have a daughter, India Pearl (born 2010), and a son, Dashiell (born 2013). On October 10, 2017, Chapman announced she was leaving Weinstein after the sexual harassment accusations. They divorced the next year.
Harvey Weinstein Disney Ownership Deal
Miramax continued to grow its library of films and directors until, in 1993, after the success of The Crying Game, Disney offered the Weinsteins $80 million for ownership of Miramax. The brothers agreed to the deal that would cement their Hollywood clout and ensure that they would remain at the head of their company, and the next year, Miramax released their first blockbuster, Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, and distributed the popular independent film Clerks.
Miramax won its first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1997 with the victory of The English Patient. (Pulp Fiction was nominated in 1995 but lost to Forrest Gump.) This started a string of critical successes that included Good Will Hunting (1997) and Shakespeare in Love (1998), both of which won several awards, including numerous Academy Awards.
Harvey Weinstein The Weinstein Company
The Weinstein brothers left Miramax on September 30, 2005, to form their own production company, The Weinstein Company, with several other media executives, directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, and Colin Vaines, who had successfully run the production department at Miramax for 10 years.
In February 2011, filmmaker Michael Moore took legal action against the Weinstein brothers, claiming he was owed $2.7 million in profits for his documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), which he said had been denied to him by “Hollywood accounting tricks”. In February 2012, Moore dropped the lawsuit for an undisclosed settlement.
In the aftermath of the sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein, the company was forced into bankruptcy, with Lantern Entertainment purchasing all assets in 2018. The company was shut down on July 16, 2018, and the website sometime thereafter.
Harvey Weinstein Fashion
Weinstein was active in the fashion industry. He produced Project Runway, the fashion reality show, making stars of designer Michael Kors, model Heidi Klum and editor Nina Garcia. He was instrumental in the revival of Halston, collaborating with Tamara Mellon, Sarah Jessica Parker, and stylist Rachel Zoe. He licensed the option to revive the Charles James brand.
Celebrities were asked to wear Marchesa (his wife’s label) at least once if they were in a Weinstein movie. His production companies were frequently involved in fashion-themed movies, including Madonna’s W.E., Robert Altman’s Prêt-à-Porter, and Tom Ford’s A Single Man. Stars of Weinstein’s films appeared on more than a dozen Vogue covers.
Harvey Weinstein Sexual Crimes
In October 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker reported that more than a dozen women accused Weinstein of sexually harassing, assaulting, or raping them. Many other women in the film industry subsequently reported similar experiences with Weinstein, who denied “any non-consensual sex”. As a result of these accusations, Weinstein was fired from his production company, suspended from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He also resigned from the Directors Guild of America and was denounced by leading figures in politics whom he had supported. The Los Angeles Police Department opened a criminal investigation for alleged rape, and New York and London police began investigating other sexual assault allegations. On October 10, 2017, Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, announced that she was leaving him.
Ronan Farrow reported in The New Yorker that Weinstein hired British-Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube in order to stop the publication of the abuse allegations against him. Using false identities, private investigators from Black Cube reportedly tracked and met journalists and actresses, in particular Rose McGowan, who accused Weinstein of rape. Weinstein reportedly had Black Cube and other agencies “target, or collect information on, dozens of individuals, and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focussed on their personal or sexual histories.”
The allegations precipitated a wave of “national reckoning” against sexual harassment and assault in the United States, known as the Weinstein effect. Compounded by other sexual harassment cases earlier in the year, the Weinstein reports and subsequent #MeToo hashtag campaign, which encouraged individuals to share their suppressed stories of sexual misconduct, created a cavalcade of allegations across multiple industries that brought about the swift ouster of many men in positions of power both in the United States and, as it spread, around the world.
In 2019, a documentary Untouchable was released with interviews from several of his accusers.
Harvey Weinstein Conviction and Sentencing
After deliberating for five days, a jury convicted Weinstein on February 24, 2020, of two of five criminal charges: one count of criminal sexual assault in the first degree and one count of rape in the third degree. The jury found him not guilty regarding predatory sexual assault, which could have led to a life sentence.
He was remanded to jail at Rikers Island in New York City pending his sentencing hearing on March 11, when he was sentenced to 23 years in prison. He has said through his attorneys that he would appeal the verdict.
Weinstein still faces a criminal trial in Los Angeles, after which he will begin serving his sentence in New York before any possible sentence in California. It is unclear if this appeal will be filed before or after his upcoming charges on similar counts in Los Angeles.
Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison As Rape Accusers Fill Two Rows In Courtroom
Weinstein, his handcuffs temporarily removed and likening himself to Hollywood’s blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, was sentenced to 23 years in prison, with New York Supreme Court Judge James Burke dismissing pleas from the former Hollywood mogul and newly convicted rapist for the minimum five-year hitch.
The judge delivered the sentence to a packed courtroom, with accusers who testified during the trial — Jessica Mann, Miriam “Mimi” Haley, Annabella Sciorra, Tarale Wulff, Lauren Young, and Dawn Dunning — filling the first two rows of the courtroom. They, along with supporter and witness Rosie Perez and attorney Gloria Allred, entered the courtroom as a group, prior to Weinstein’s arrival.
“The sentence just handed down by this court was obscene,” Weinstein’s attorney Donna Rotunno told reporters outside the courthouse. “That number was obnoxious. There are murderers who will get out of court (sic) faster than Harvey Weinstein will. That number spoke to the pressure of movements and the public. That number did not speak to evidence, nor did it speak to justice. I am overcome with anger at that number. I think that number is a cowardly number to give. I think the judge caved, just as I believe the jury caved, and I am not happy.” Weinstein left the courtroom immediately after the sentence was handed down.
Before the sentence was read, Weinstein’s accusers and a courtroom packed with reporters witnessed — if not always heard — a remarkable, long and rambling monologue of self-defense and self-justification delivered in a low, rumbling, sometimes inaudible voice by the man about to be sent to prison. “I really feel remorse in this situation,” Weinstein said at one point. But he also bemoaned the state of a country in which “thousands” of men and women are losing due process for behavior about which “they are confused.” He said: “I’m totally confused. I think men are confused about all of this.”
Judge Burke expressed no such confusion, saying that although Weinstein’s recent conviction was the ex-mogul’s first, it was not his first offense. He ordered Weinstein to register as a sex offender, then passed a sentence of 20 years in prison for Weinstein’s conviction on first-degree sexual assault and three years for third-degree rape, to be served consecutively.