MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski is taking a stand. She has a three-year book deal with Harvey Weinstein’s publishing company, but she’s ending that relationship if he doesn’t resign. Saturday morning she took to Twitter to explain why.
A New York Times investigation “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades” uncovered three decades of sexual harassment allegations and at least eight legal settlements with accusers. They were everyone from two actresses to assistants.
Weinstein put together a legal team before the New York Times story came out.
It came as a surprise to many women that attorney Lisa Bloom had joined his team. She is known as a crusader for victims of sexual harassment who represented several of Bill O’Reilly’s accusers. Maybe she had a loyalty to Weinstein since his company is planning to turn Bloom’s book on Travyon Martin into a miniseries.
Bloom took a big turn on Saturday afternoon when she also quit Weinstein’s team of lawyers and consultants. She said the following on Twitter.
It is not known if Bloom’s decision was influenced by the backlash of angry women and no word yet on whether she still wants Weinstein’s company to produce the miniseries. I did send her a tweet with those questions since she made her resignation statement on Twitter.
Weinstein took a leave of absence after the Times published its story. He put out a statement trying to explain himself, blaming his behavior on growing up in the 60’s and 70’s when according to him the workplace culture was different. Here is part of his statement:
I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces
were different. That was the culture then.
I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone.
I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with
the people I work with have changed.
The New York Times story has had a domino effect. Board members have quit the Weinstein Company board of directors as reported by the Times.
So far, Weinstein has only threatened to sue the New York Times for its investigative report. To be continued…
New York Times (10/5/2017) Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades.
Los Angeles Time (10/5/2017) Harvey Weinstein to take a leave of absence amid sexual harassment claims, threatens lawsuit over report.
The Hollywood Reporter (4/19/2017) Attorney Lisa Bloom Declares Victory After Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News Exit.
New York Times (10/6/2017) Company Scrambles as Weinstein Takes Leave and a Third of the Board Resigns