How The Harvey Weinstein Story Has Unfolded?

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Los Angeles: It can be difficult to keep up on all the developments related to Harvey Weinstein in recent weeks.

An Oct. 5 New York Times investigation by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey revealed sexual harassment allegations against Mr. Weinstein dating back to 1990.

More women began to come forward with accusations of sexual harassment and assault against him. On Oct. 10, the actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie told The Times that they, too, had been harassed by Mr. Weinstein.

Here is a brief look back at the major elements of the continuing story, which has spilled well beyond Hollywood.

How the story broke open?

The first Times article represented the first time multiple women — among them the actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan — went on the record with specific allegations against Mr. Weinstein. Read his full statement in response to the article.

The New Yorker published an investigation by Ronan Farrow on Oct. 10. That story included multiple accusations of sexual assault by Mr. Weinstein.

In a statement on Oct. 10, his spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.”

Mr. Weinstein has not been charged with any crimes. He was fired from the Weinstein Company, which he co-founded, on Oct. 8, after initially taking a leave of absence. The decision was made “in light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days,” the company’s board said in a statement.

Before he was fired, he called and emailed top Hollywood figures, asking them to speak up in his defense.

“Do not let me be fired,” he wrote in an email to agents and studio executives.
He resigned from the company’s board on Oct. 17. The company descended into chaos. Hachette Book Group said it would shut down the Weinstein Company’s publishing imprint, Weinstein Books.

He was ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a rare action for the organization that awarded his studio five best picture Oscars.

The police in New York and London said they were investigating some of the accusations against Mr. Weinstein. In 2015, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., decided not to pursue sexual abuse charges after accusations by Ambra Battilana, a model from Italy. Mr. Vance said his office did not have enough evidence to prosecute.

Hollywood responds

At first, people in Hollywood were reluctant to talk, as were people in the fashion world. But the floodgates soon opened.

Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Glenn Close and Judi Dench were among the women in Hollywood who said they did not have a personal accusation to levy against Mr. Weinstein, but they spoke out about his alleged conduct.

“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” Ms. Streep said in a statement. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”

He was the top target of sharp attacks from late-night hosts. “Saturday Night Live,” which was criticized for preparing but shelving jokes about Mr. Weinstein on its Oct. 7 show, followed up with jabs on its Oct. 14 show.

The accusations spurred conversations about harassment and male sexual predation in Hollywood. Sarah Polley, a writer, director and actor, and Lena Dunham, an actress, were among those to share their experiences.

Beyond Hollywood

Countless women outside Hollywood said they had experienced similar harassment and assaults in their own industries. A hashtag, #MeToo, quickly spread through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as women, and some men, shared their personal stories and displayed how widespread the problem was.

The issue became a political cudgel, and Democratic politicians he had supported, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, condemned Mr. Weinstein. Politicians, including Gov.

Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, were under pressure to return donations from Mr. Weinstein, which he did. See how writers from the right and the left responded.

The media industry reckoned with why it took so long for “the worst-kept secret” in Hollywood and New York to be published, and whether NBC missed an opportunity to report it.

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