Movie studio chief Harvey Weinstein to take leave amid sexual harassment report
Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein is taking a leave of absence from his own company after The New York Times released a report alleging decades of sexual harassment against women, including employees and actress Ashley Judd. Thursday's article includes several first-person accounts of Weinstein's alleged conduct. The Times reports two company officials say at least eight women have received settlements, including actress Rose McGowan. The report also includes Judd's account an incident from two decades ago in which she was asked to meet Weinstein in his hotel room. In a statement, Weinstein acknowledged he behaved inappropriately with colleagues but did not address any specific allegations in the Times piece. Weinstein's attorney Charles Harder said in a statement that the Times story included false and defamatory accounts, but did not provide specifics.