“Fired Weinsteins because they were irresponsible, and Harvey was an incorrigible bully,” Eisner tweeted. “Had no idea he was capable of these horrible actions.”
Disney in 1993 paid $60 million to acquire Miramax, the film studio founded by the Weinstein brothers that they continued to operate until 2005. Eisner was chief executive of the Walt Disney Co. from 1984 through 2005.
The 12-year run the Weinsteins had at Miramax under Disney was not without controversy, most notably the release of Michael Moore’s 2004 documentary, “Fahrenheit 9/11.” The Weinsteins made and distributed the film despite strong Disney objections that the film, highly critical of Republican President George W. Bush, would be seen as partisan.
Weinstein has long supported Democratic candidates with his largesse, doling out millions to politicians like former presidential candidate and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, as well as other prominent Democrats.
Weinstein was fired from his studio, the Weinstein Company, on Sunday, just days after the publication of an investigative report by the New York Times. On Tuesday, the New Yorker published a story where several women alleged Weinstein had harassed or sexually assaulted them.