On Thursday, the Times dropped a bombshell article detailing a slew of sexual harassment allegations made against the mogul. His response to the ensuing controversy has shifted along a bizarre spectrum from dubiously remorseful to vowing to sue the Times for its reporting.
“Mr. Weinstein and his lawyer have confirmed the essential points of the story,” Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokeswoman for the newspaper, told Variety in a statement. “Mr. Weinstein has not pointed to any errors or challenged any facts in our story. Also, Mr. Weinstein should publicly waive the NDAs in the women’s agreements so they can tell their stories. As a supporter of women, he must support their right to speak openly about these issues of gender and power.”
Among the revelations in the Times report was that Weinstein has reached confidential settlements with at least eight women, including actress Rose McGowan.
Amidst the calamity, the Weinstein Company has been attempting to sort out how to deal with the scandal internally. Variety learned on Friday that the company’s board of directors is planning on suspending the embattled producer, with an official announcement expected to come as early as Friday afternoon. Weinstein announced on Thursday that he was planning to take a leave of absence from his work.