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This combination photo shows Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2016, left, and his brother Bob Weinstein at the premiere of "Sin City," in Los Angeles on March 28, 2005. Harvey Weinstein was fired Sunday by the Weinstein Co., the studio he co-founded with his brother Bob, after a bombshell New York Times expose alleged decades of crude sexual behavior on his part toward female employees and actresses. (AP Photo/File)
October 10, 2017 - 7:23 PM

NEW YORK - The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

The Weinstein Co. board of directors says it is "shocked and dismayed" over the most recent wave of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and insists the company didn't know about its former co-chairman's alleged conduct.

The statement calls Weinstein's alleged actions "antithetical to human decency." It says the board did not know of the alleged harassment and abuse of women.

The remaining board members also say they are committed to assisting with any criminal or other investigations into the allegations and reiterated the company has its own investigation ongoing.

Several members of the all-male board have resigned since Thursday's initial allegations. The board is now composed of Weinstein's brother Bob, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar.

Representatives for Harvey Weinstein have not returned messages seeking comment.

Earlier Tuesday, the New Yorker reported that 16 former and current executives and assistants at The Weinstein Co. and his former company Miramax either witnessed or knew of Weinstein's unwanted sexual advances.


7:35 p.m.

Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, say they are "disgusted" by revelations of sexual abuse and harassment being levelled at Harvey Weinstein.

The couple said in a joint statement Tuesday evening, "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status."

They also say the women who have come forward "to tell these painful stories" should be celebrated.

Weinstein has been a major Democratic Party donor for years. He and family have given more than $1.4 million in political contributions since the 1992 election cycle, including contributions to Obama.

The Obamas' statement did not mention anything about that money.


7:25 p.m.

Harvey Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, tells People magazine she is leaving her husband.

She said in a statement her heart breaks for all the women who have suffered because of Weinstein's "unforgivable" actions and pleaded for privacy for herself and her two young children as allegations against her husband mount. They married in 2007.

When the scandal broke last week in The New York Times last week, Weinstein told reporters Chapman was standing behind him.

Chapman founded the luxury brand Marchesa, known for feminine, dramatic red carpet gowns, with design partner Keren Craig in 2004, the year Chapman met Weinstein at a party in New York City.


7 p.m.

University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts is rejecting a $5 million pledge from Harvey Weinstein to fund an endowment for female filmmakers.

The School of Cinematic Arts said in a statement Tuesday that it will not proceed with Weinstein's pledge to fund the endowment. It did not offer additional details.

Two stories published Tuesday — one from The New Yorker and another in The New York Times — included details on-the-record accusations of sexual harassment and abuse by the movie mogul. The New Yorker piece says three women have accused the 65-year-old producer of raping them.

Weinstein's representatives have not responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press. One of his representatives vehemently denied the rape accusations in a statement provided to The New Yorker.


5:10 p.m.

A former actress and screenwriter says Harvey Weinstein appeared in an open bathrobe with no clothes on during a meeting at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Louisette Geiss says Weinstein asked several times that she watch him masturbate during the 2008 encounter.

Geiss made the allegations Tuesday during a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred, who invited Weinstein to meet with his alleged victims in a mediation or arbitration process.

Geiss said in a statement that she is coming forward to help give voice to other alleged victims of sexual harassment. She said her experience with Weinstein led to her departure from the entertainment industry. She now works in real estate.

A representative for Weinstein did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


3:15 p.m.

Matt Damon says he never saw any predatory behaviour from Harvey Weinstein but that the stories have made him sick to his stomach.

Damon tells the trade website Deadline Tuesday that change is necessary and overdue and that men have to be part of that. He praised the courage of the women who have spoken out with allegations against Weinstein.

Damon is a longtime collaborator of Weinstein's and has worked on a number of movies with the disgraced movie mogul, including "Good Will Hunting," which won Damon and Ben Affleck an Oscar for screenwriting.

Affleck tweeted earlier Tuesday that he's sickened by the news of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein.

Weinstein's representatives have not responded to messages seeking comment Tuesday.


2:25 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she's "shocked and appalled" by the revelations of sexual abuse and harassment being levelled at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

She says in a written statement issued Tuesday the behaviour being reported by women "cannot be tolerated."

Clinton adds the women are showing courage in coming forward with their allegations. And the Democratic former presidential candidate says the support of other women "is critical in helping to stop this kind of behaviour."

Clinton has been a beneficiary of the Weinstein family's donations. She says nothing about those donations in her statement.

The New Yorker magazine quotes Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister saying Weinstein denies "any allegations of non-consensual sex."


1:25 p.m.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and other actresses have come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In a follow-up to its earlier expose, The New York Times on Tuesday reported many other actresses have in recent days added to the chorus of accusations surrounding Weinstein. Paltrow describes his attempt to lure her into giving him a massage in a hotel room when she was a young aspiring actress. Her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, confronted Weinstein at a film premiere.

Angelina Jolie says she has "a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein" in her youth. She says she has refused to work with him and has warned others.

Earlier Tuesday, The New Yorker magazine published a piece in which three women accused Weinstein of raping them.

The New Yorker quotes Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister saying "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."


1:05 p.m.

Ben Affleck has tweeted a condemnation of fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Affleck got his big break in Hollywood as a writer and actor in "Good Will Hunting," which was produced by Weinstein's former company Miramax Films. Affleck says on Twitter he's sickened by the news of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein.

Earlier Tuesday, The New Yorker magazine published an article that included allegations Weinstein raped three women. A Weinstein representative says "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

Affleck calls Weinstein's behaviour "completely unacceptable" and says he's trying to figure out what he can do to prevent this from happening to others.


11:15 a.m.

The New Yorker magazine is reporting movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has previously raped three women, significantly intensifying the scandal surrounding him. A representative for Weinstein vehemently denies the allegations.

The expose was published Tuesday. It details allegations not just of sexual harassment but of rape.

Actress Asia Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans allege Weinstein forced himself on them sexually. A third woman spoke anonymously.

The New Yorker quotes Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister responding "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."


10:10 a.m.

TV's late-night hosts have mostly occupied themselves with skewering President Donald Trump in their monologues. But several made room to blast disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on Monday.

NBC's Jimmy Fallon warned if Weinstein didn't give up his sexual-harassment habits he might end up with his own show on Fox News Channel.

ABC's Jimmy Kimmel said Hillary Clinton has taken contributions from a high-profile man accused of many acts of sexual harassment. In fact, two men: outspoken Clinton supporter Weinstein and Donald Trump.

And CBS' Stephen Colbert noted the Weinstein Co. might change its name in an effort to escape the Harvey Weinstein stigma. Colbert joked a more positive new name now being considered is Asbestos Child Slappers Inc.

The New Yorker magazine quotes a Weinstein representative saying "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."


9:35 a.m.

George Clooney has called Harvey Weinstein's alleged behaviour "indefensible" in an interview in which he suggests it was well known the Weinstein Co. chairman was "a dog" but few people understood his conduct constituted "harassment on a very high level."

In remarks to the Daily Beast on Monday night, Clooney credits Weinstein for giving him his first big break as an actor in "From Dusk Till Dawn" and as a director in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." But he says he's "never seen any of this behaviour — ever."

The New Yorker magazine quotes a Weinstein representative saying "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."


3:05 a.m.

Condemnations of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to mount, with Jennifer Lawrence joining the chorus of A-list actors criticizing him over allegations he sexually harassed women for decades.

The allegations could prove to be a moment of reckoning for Hollywood, which is facing increased scrutiny over the fair treatment of women in the industry.

Lawrence praises the women who came forward in an expose published last week by The New York Times detailing Weinstein's alleged harassment of actresses and employees.

Lawrence won an Oscar for the Weinstein-produced "Silver Linings Playbook." She says she was never harassed by him.

Among those weighing in are Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Kevin Smith and Judi Dench. They have spoken of disgust over his behaviour and remorse over their business entanglements with him.

The New Yorker magazine quotes a Weinstein representative saying "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

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