The Weinstein Co. board issued a statement late Tuesday expressing shock and dismay at allegations that Harvey Weinstein repeatedly sexually assaulted actresses over the course of several years.
In the statement, the board called the alleged conduct “antithetical to human decency,” and denied any previous knowledge of the claims. The board fired Weinstein on Sunday, alleging that he had breached the company’s code of ethics, three days after the New York Times reported that he had settled at least eight sexual harassment claims.
The New Yorker reported claims that Weinstein had forced actress Lucia Evans to perform oral sex at his New York office in 2004, had forcibly performed oral sex on actress Asia Argento in France in 1997, and had raped another woman. Weinstein has denied the claims.
The full statement:
The Weinstein Company’s Board of Representatives – Bob Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – are shocked and dismayed by the recently emerged allegations of extreme sexual misconduct and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein. These alleged actions are antithetical to human decency. These allegations come as an utter surprise to the Board. Any suggestion that the Board had knowledge of this conduct is false.
We are committed to assisting with our full energies in all criminal or other investigations of these alleged acts, while pursuing justice for the victims and a full and independent investigation of our own.