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Hillary Clinton se declară "șocată şi uimită" de acuzațiile de asalturi sexuale şi viol făcute de mai multe actrițe împotriva donatorului său Harvey Weinstein, dar nu dă semne că ar vrea să returneze banii primiți de la Weinstein de-a lungul mai multor ani
Foto: Actrița Asia Argento care-l acuză pe Weinstein că a molestat-o sexual când ea avea doar 21 de ani
Continuă relatările despre scandalurile sexuale legate de Harvey Weinstein, puternicul producator de filme, co-fondator al Miramax, acuzat de molestarea sexuală a mai multe femei care au lucrat pentru el, potrivit ziarului New York Times şi a altor ziare americane.
Hillary Clinton se declară "șocată şi uimită" de acuzațiile de asalturi sexuale şi viol făcute de nai multe actrițe împotriva donatorului său Harvey Weinstein
Familia Clinton este multimilionară în dolari, deci nu se pune problema că nu ar avea de unde să returneze banii primiți de la Weinstein
În New Yorker, din 10 octombrie 2017, Ronan Farrow a raportat că există acuzații că Weinstein a asaltat şi hărțuit 13 femei și că le-a violat pe 3 dintre ele.
Afirmații privind asalturile sexuale şi violurile lui Weinstein făcute împotriva unor actrițe de la Hollywood
Pe 5 octombrie 2017, Jodi Kantor și Megan Twohey au publicat un articol în The New York Times, acuzându-l pe Weinstein că a hărțuit sexual un număr mare de femei, inclusiv pe actrița Ashley Judd.
Într-o declarație către New York Times, Weinstein a spus: "Apreciez modul în care m-am comportat cu colegii în trecut, dar dacă am provocat unora durere îmi cer scuze sincer pentru asta".
Un consilier a lui Weinstein l-a descris însă ca fiind "un vechi dinozaur care învață noi căi". El a spus că Weinstein trebuia să-şi ia un an liber de sabat și să lucreze cu terapeuți pentru a "rezolva această problemă."
Cu toate acestea, avocatul său consultant, Lisa Bloom, a declarat că "Weinstein neagă multe acuzații ca fiind false."
După ce însă avocata s-a confruntat cu criticii lui Weinstein, Bloom a anunțat încheierea rolului său de consiliere a lui Weinstein pe 7 octombrie. Într-un e-mail către " Hollywood Reporter", avocatul lui Weinstein, Charles Harder, a declarat că clientul său va da în judecată Times, iar orice venit obținut din acest proces va fi donat organizațiilor de femei .
În New Yorker, din 10 octombrie 2017, Ronan Farrow a raportat că există acuzații că Weinstein a asaltat şi hărțuit 13 femei și că le-a violat pe 3 dintre ele.
Potrivit lui Farrow, 16 foști sau actuali directori și asistenți ce au avut legături cu Weinstein au declarat că au fost martori sau că au fost informați despre relațiile sexuale neconsensuale ale lui Weinstein cu diverse femei.
4 actrițe, printre care Mira Sorvino și Rosanna Arquette, au mărturisit suspiciunilor lor despre Weinstein, după ce au povestit cum i-au respins avansurile lui sexuale și s-au plâns de el, pentru că după aceste episoade el le-a făcut să renunțe la proiecte lor de filme sau să-i convingă pe alții să facă acest lucru.
O serie de surse ale lui Farrow au spus că Weinstein a făcut referire la succesele sale în ceea ce privește plantarea de povești negative în mass-media cu privire la persoanele care l-au refuzat.
Într-un nou articol din New York Times publicat în aceeași zi, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie și actrița franceză Judith Godrèche, printre altele, l-au acuzat de asemenea pe Weinstein că au suferit din partea lui asalturi sexuale nedorite. Un reprezentant al Weinstein a spus că toate aceste afirmații, în ambele articole, ar fi false.
Cine e producătorul de filme de la Hollywood Harvey Weinstein - Wikipedia
Harvey Weinstein, CBE (onorific) (născut pe 19 martie 1952) este un producător american de film și fostul director de studio de film. El a fondat Miramax, care a produs mai multe filme independente populare, printre care Pulp Fiction, Clerks, The Crying Game și Sex, Lies și Videotape. A câștigat un premiu Oscar pentru producția Shakespeare in Love și a câștigat șapte premii Tony pentru a produce o varietate de piese și muzicale câștigătoare, printre care Producătorii, Billy Elliot Musical și August: Osage County.
Weinstein și fratele său Bob au fost co-președinți ai Companiei Weinstein din 2005 până în 2017. În octombrie 2017, comisia companiei a concediat Weinstein în urma acuzațiilor de trafic sexual și de agresiune sexuală.
Educația și cariera timpurie
Weinstein s-a născut la Flushing, New York. El a fost crescut într-o familie evreiască, fiind fiul lui Max Weinstein, un tăietor de diamant (1976) și Miriam (d. 2016 la 90 de ani). A crescut cu fratele său mai mic, Bob Weinstein, într-un ansamblu de locuințe numit Electchester din New York City.
A absolvit liceul John Bowne și Universitatea din Buffalo. Weinstein a primit un doctorat onorific al SUNY la ceremonia de la Buffalo în 2000. Weinstein, fratele său Bob și Corky Burger au produs în mod independent concerte rock ca Harvey & Corky Productions în Buffalo, în majoritatea anilor 1970.
Cariera ca producător de filme
1970: Muncă timpurie și crearea lui Miramax
Ambii frați Weinstein au crescut cu o pasiune pentru filme ceea ce a alimentat dorința de a intra în industria cinematografică. La sfârșitul anilor '70, profitând de activitatea lor de promovare a concertelor, frații au creat o mică companie independentă de distribuție de filme numită Miramax, numită astfel după părinților lor, Miriam și Max. Primele lansări ale companiei au fost în primul rând filme de concert orientate spre muzică, cum ar fi Rockshow-ul lui Paul McCartney.
1980: Succes cu filme de artă și filme independente
La începutul anilor 1980, Miramax a dobândit dreptul la două filme britanice de spectacole de beneficii filmate pentru organizația pentru drepturile omului, Amnesty International. În strânsă colaborare cu Martin Lewis, producătorul filmelor originale, frații Weinstein au editat cele două filme într-un film adaptat pieței americane. Filmul care a rezultat a fost lansat ca "The Other Policeman's Ball" în mai 1982 și a devenit primul hit al lui Miramax. Filmul a câştigat sume considerabile pentru Amnesty International și a fost creditat de Amnesty pentru că a contribuit la creșterea profilului său în Statele Unite.
Weinstein şi-a construit lent acest succes pe parcursul anilor '80, cu filme de artă care au atins atenția criticii și un succes comercial modest. Harvey Weinstein și Miramax au câștigat o atenție sporită în 1988, odată cu lansarea documentarului "The Thin Blue Line" al lui Errol Morris, care detaliază lupta lui Randall Adams, un deținut condamnat la moarte.
Publicitatea care a inconjurat cazul a dus la lansarea lui Adams si a publicitatii la nivel national pentru Miramax. În 1989, lansarea lor de succes a fost filmul lui Steven Soderbergh, "Sex, Lies și Videotape", filmulcare a făcut ca Miramax să devină cel mai de succes studio independent din America.
De asemenea, în 1989, Miramax a lansat două filme de artă, "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Love" precum şi filmul filmul "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down !" al lui Pedro Almodóvar. ambele cărți de rating ale MPAA au acordat un rating X, oprind efectiv eliberarea la nivel național pentru aceste filme. Weinstein a dat în judecată MPAA pentru sistemul de rating. Procesul său a fost mai târziu pierdut, dar Weinstein a făcut ca MPAA să fie de acord să introducă noul rating NC-17
Cine e producătorul de filme de la Hollywood Harvey Weinstein - Wikipedia
Harvey Weinstein, CBE (honorary) (born March 19, 1952) is an American film producer and former film studio executive. He co-founded Miramax, which produced several popular independent films including Pulp Fiction, Clerks, The Crying Game, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape. He won an Academy Award for producing Shakespeare in Love, and garnered seven Tony Awards for producing a variety of winning plays and musicals, including The Producers, Billy Elliot the Musical, and August: Osage County.
Weinstein and his brother Bob were co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company from 2005 to 2017. In October 2017, the company's board fired Weinstein following allegations of sexual harrassment and sexual assault.
Education and early career
Weinstein was born in Flushing, New York. He was raised in a Jewish family, the son of Max Weinstein, a diamond cutter (d. 1976) and Miriam (née Postel; d. 2016 at 90). He grew up with his younger brother, Bob Weinstein, in a housing co-op named Electchester in New York City. He graduated from John Bowne High School and the University at Buffalo. Weinstein received an honorary SUNY Doctorate of Humane Letters in a ceremony at Buffalo in 2000. Weinstein, his brother Bob, and Corky Burger independently produced rock concerts as Harvey & Corky Productions in Buffalo through most of the 1970s.
1970s: Early work and creation of Miramax Both Weinstein brothers had grown up with a passion for movies and they nurtured a desire to enter the film industry. In the late 1970s, using profits from their concert promotion business, the brothers created a small independent film distribution company named Miramax, named after their parents, Miriam and Max. The company's first releases were primarily music-oriented concert films such as Paul McCartney's Rockshow.
1980s: Success with arthouse and independent films
In the early 1980s, Miramax acquired the rights to two British films of benefit shows filmed for the human rights organization Amnesty International. Working closely with Martin Lewis, the producer of the original films, the Weinstein brothers edited the two films into one movie tailored for the American market. The resulting film was released as The Secret Policeman's Other Ball in May 1982 and it became Miramax's first hit. The movie raised considerable sums for Amnesty International and was credited by Amnesty with having helped to raise its profile in the United States.
Weinstein at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival The Weinsteins slowly built upon this success throughout the 1980s with arthouse films that achieved critical attention and modest commercial success. Harvey Weinstein and Miramax gained wider attention in 1988 with the release of Errol Morris's documentary The Thin Blue Line, which detailed the struggle of Randall Adams, a wrongfully convicted inmate sentenced to death row. The publicity that soon surrounded the case resulted in the release of Adams and nationwide publicity for Miramax. In 1989, their successful launch release of Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape propelled Miramax to become the most successful independent studio in America.
Also in 1989, Miramax released two art-house films, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and director Pedro Almodóvar's film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, both of which the MPAA rating board gave an X-rating, effectively stopping nationwide release for these films. Weinstein sued the MPAA over the rating system. His lawsuit was later thrown out, but got the MPAA to agree to introduce the new NC-17 rating.
1990s–2000s: Further success, 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. Agreeing to the deal that would cement their Hollywood clout and ensure that they would remain at the head of their company, Miramax followed the next year with 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.
2005–2017: The Weinstein Company
On March 29, 2005, it was announced that the Weinstein brothers would leave Miramax on September 30 to form their own production company, named 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 ten years. On October 8, 2017, the board of The Weinstein Company fired Harvey Weinstein, following numerous allegations of his sexual misconduct.
Praise and criticism
In 2004, Weinstein was appointed an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the British film industry (the award being "honorary" because he is a citizen of the United States).
While lauded for opening up the independent film market and making it financially viable, Weinstein has been criticized by some for the techniques he has allegedly applied in his business dealings. Peter Biskind's book, Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film, details criticism of Miramax's release history and editing of Asian films, such as Shaolin Soccer, Hero and Princess Mononoke. There is a rumor that when Harvey Weinstein was charged with handling the U.S. release of Princess Mononoke, director Hayao Miyazaki sent him a samurai sword in the mail. Attached to the blade was a stark message: "No cuts". Miyazaki commented on the incident: "Actually, my producer did that. Although I did go to New York to meet this man, this Harvey Weinstein, and I was bombarded with this aggressive attack, all these demands for cuts. I defeated him." Weinstein has always insisted that such editing was done in the interest of creating the most financially viable film. "I'm not cutting for fun", Harvey Weinstein said in an interview. "I'm cutting for the shit to work. All my life I served one master: the film. I love movies."
Another example cited by Biskind was Phillip Noyce's The Quiet American, whose release Weinstein delayed following the September 11 attacks, due to audience reaction in test screenings to the film's critical tone towards America's past foreign policy. After being told the film would go straight-to-video, Noyce planned to screen the film in Toronto International Film Festival in order to mobilize critics to pressure Miramax to release it theatrically. Weinstein decided to screen the film at the Festival only after he was lobbied by star Michael Caine, who threatened to boycott publicity for another film he had made for Miramax. The film received mostly positive reviews at the Festival, and Miramax eventually released the film theatrically, but it was alleged that Miramax did not make a major effort to promote the film for Academy Award consideration, though Caine was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Weinstein's aggressive efforts to campaign for Oscars for his films during Oscar season led to a ban on such campaigns by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Weinstein has also cultivated a reputation for ruthlessness and fits of anger. According to Biskind, Weinstein once put a New York Observer reporter in a headlock while throwing him out of a party. On another occasion, Weinstein excoriated director Julie Taymor and her husband during a disagreement over a test screening of her movie Frida.
In a 2004 newspaper article, in New York magazine, Weinstein appeared somewhat repentant for his often aggressive discussions with directors and producers. However, a Newsweek story on October 13, 2008, criticized Weinstein, who was accused of "hassling Sydney Pollack on his deathbed" about the release of the film The Reader. After Weinstein offered $1 million to charity if the accusation could be proven, journalist Nikki Finke published an email sent by Scott Rudin on August 22 asserting that Weinstein "harassed" Anthony Minghella's widow and a bedridden Pollack until Pollack's family asked him to stop.
In September 2009, Weinstein publicly voiced opposition to efforts to extradite Roman Polanski from Switzerland to the U.S. regarding a 1977 charge that he had drugged and raped a 13-year-old, to which Polanski had pleaded guilty before fleeing the country. Weinstein, whose company had distributed a film about the Polanski case, questioned whether Polanski committed any crime, prompting Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley to insist that Polanski's guilty plea indicated that his action was a crime, and that several other serious charges were pending.
In November 2011, independent filmmaker Michael Bartlett blamed Weinstein for the poor quality of his film, World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries, citing pressure from Weinstein to deliver the film ahead of schedule. When Weinstein said, "This is the date you will deliver the film and if it isn't finished then we'll finish it for you", the post production was rushed and the editing and sound mix were not completed properly.
In March 2012, Weinstein was made a Chevalier (knight) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Consulate in New York City in recognition of Miramax's efforts to increase the presence and popularity of foreign films in the United States.
In April 2012, Time magazine included Weinstein in its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
In 2013, New York Post film critic Kyle Smith accused Harvey Weinstein of making numerous anti-Catholic films, including Priest (1994), The Butcher Boy (1997), The Magdalene Sisters (2002), and Philomena (2013).
Activism and rejection of supportWeinstein is also active on issues such as poverty, AIDS, juvenile diabetes, and multiple sclerosis research. He serves on the Board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a New York City-based non-profit that targets poverty, and co-chaired one of its annual benefits. He is critical of the lack of gun control laws and universal health care in the United States.
Weinstein has been a supporter and contributor to the Democratic Party including the campaigns of President Barack Obama and presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry. He supported Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, and in 2012, he hosted an election fundraiser for President Obama at his home in Westport, Connecticut. In 2013, he expressed support of President Obama amid criticism for the launch of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Weinstein has expressed favorable opinions about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Following the emergence of allegations of Weinstein's sexual harassment, many politicians he had supported rejected his support. Senator Al Franken, who had received $20,000 from Weinstein, donated his contributions to the Minnesota Indian Women's Resources Center. Senators Patrick Leahy and Martin Heinrich also donated campaign contributions from Weinstein to funds supporting women.
Sexual assault allegations
On October 5, 2017, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published an exposé in The New York Times accusing Weinstein of sexually harassing a number of women, including actress Ashley Judd. In a statement to the Times, Weinstein said: "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it." An adviser described him as "an old dinosaur learning new ways." He said he was due to take a sabbatical and was working with therapists to "deal with this issue head on." However, his consulting lawyer, Lisa Bloom, stated that "he denies many of the accusations as patently false." After facing criticism, Bloom announced the end of her role advising Weinstein on October 7. In an email to The Hollywood Reporter, Weinstein's attorney Charles Harder said his client would be suing the Times and any proceeds derived from the suit would be donated to women's organizations.
In The New Yorker on October 10, 2017, Ronan Farrow reported allegations that Weinstein had assaulted or harassed 13 women, and raped three of them. According to Farrow, 16 former, or current, executives and assistants connected with Weinstein said that they had witnessed or had been informed of Weinstein's non-consensual sexual advances to women. Four actresses, including Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, relayed their suspicion that after rejecting Weinstein's advances, and complaining about him, he had them dropped from projects, or persuaded others to do so. A number of Farrow's sources said Weinstein has referred to his success in planting stories in the media about individuals who had crossed him. In a New York Times article published on the same day, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and French actress Judith Godrèche, among others, also accused Weinstein of making unwanted sexual advances. A Weinstein representative said all these claims, in both articles, were false.
Alleged plagiarism and owed payments In February 2009, former Sam & Dave singer Samuel David Moore filed suit against Harvey and Bob Weinstein for allegedly basing Soul Men, a Weinstein Co. comedy starring Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson, on Sam & Dave's career.
In February 2011, filmmaker Michael Moore took legal action against the Weinstein brothers, claiming he was owed millions in profits for his 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. In February 2012, Moore dropped the lawsuit for an undisclosed settlement.
Depictions in media
Harvey Weingard, a character portrayed by Maury Chaykin on the HBO TV series Entourage, is based on Weinstein. Although the character is portrayed as an intimidating and aggressive producer, Weinstein has reportedly responded positively to the character. The foul-mouthed character Malcolm Tucker in the BBC series The Thick of It is based on Hollywood agents and producers, notably Harvey Weinstein and the team at Miramax that has been "long celebrated for Malcolm-like behavior", according to actor Peter Capaldi.
Weinstein has been married twice. In 1987, he married his assistant Eve Chilton. They divorced in 2004. They had three children: Remy (previously Lily) (born 1995), Emma (born 1998), and Ruth (born 2002). In 2007, he married English fashion designer and actress Georgina Chapman. They have a daughter, India Pearl (born 2010) and a son, Dashiell (born 2013). In October 2017, Chapman announced the two were separating.
On August 20, 2012, Vivek Shah was arrested for the attempted extortion of Weinstein, Chris Cline, and three other unnamed individuals. Shah demanded millions of dollars be wired to an offshore bank account or he would murder the family members of each recipient of his extortion letters. A seven-count felony indictment against Shah was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in September 2012. Shah was convicted in September 2013 and sentenced to seven years in prison
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