Hollywood Exec Harvey Weinstein Fired for Sexual Harassment Claims
Date: Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
The Weinstein Company has fired Co-Founder and Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, a controversial supporter of top Democratic Party candidates, for allegations of sexual harassment going back decades.
Three PR experts in Variety castigated Weinstein’s original written response to the crisis, wherein he threatened to sue the New York Times for publishing the allegations.
“Suing the New York Times only serves one purpose, and that is to keep the story alive,” Bruce Rubin, a Miami crisis PR expert, said. “The saber-rattling strategy just isn’t going to work.”
“This was his one opportunity to speak to victims,” Richard Levick, a crisis PR expert in Washington, D.C., said. “It was one of the worst written apologies I’ve ever seen in a crisis situation.”
“Sometimes it’s really tough for people in power to recognize how profoundly their world has shifted,” President Elizabeth Toledo of Camino PR said. “He’s now going to be held publicly accountable for these decisions he’s made, and it’s not going to be a winning strategy for him at the end of the day to try to bully his way out of it.”
Over the weekend, Weinstein hired the PR crisis team of Sitrick and Company.
The allegations against Weinstein include claims by several women, including actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, of sexual harassment such as asking them to watch him take a shower or performing a lewd act in front of them.
In the wake of the allegations, several Democratic Party leaders, including Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Al Franken, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, said they would give campaign donations they received from Weinstein to charity.
Actress Meryl Streep, who won an Oscar for IRON LADY, a Weinstein movie, released a statement today claiming few in Hollywood knew of the allegations against Harvey.
Sexual harassment attorney Gloria Allred criticized her daughter, Lisa Bloom’s, decision to represent Weinstein. Bloom was involved in the allegations against Bill O’Reilly, which led to his departure from the Fox News Channel.
After Weinstein was suspended last week, Bloom decided to withdraw from his case.