NEW YORK (CBS) Harvey Weinstein is out. Just three days after "The New York Times" broke the story of decades of sexual harassment allegations made by actresses and employees against the powerful studio head, he was fired Sunday night.
Initially, Weinstein had fought back against at least 8 allegations of sexual harassment, including claims by actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan. After the story came out, some in the industry said Weinstein's behavior was an open secret.
"These allegations probably weren't that surprising to everybody,” said Christopher Rosen, Executive Editor of Entertainment Weekly. “But, at the same time, I do think it is kind of a shock to see so many people on the record in that story."
Weinstein released a statement to the newspaper that read in part, "I came of age in the '60s and '70s. When all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. "
His attorney threatened to sue "The Times" and Weinstein agreed to an indefinite leave of absence.But the company's board of directors- which includes Weinstein's brother Bob-decided that was not enough.
Friday, news anchor Lauren Sivan came forward to say in 2007, Weinstein cornered her in a Manhattan restaurant and explicitly touched himself.
Democrats in Congress including Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren decided the multiple allegations were too disturbing, saying they're donating Weinstein's political donations to charity.
Bob Weinstein and the chief operating officer of the company are now in charge.