Harvey Weinstein resigns from his own company

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Update (October 17, 2017): Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of directors of his own production company, after previously being relieved of his duties in the wake of his sexual harassment scandal.

The Weinstein Company said on Tuesday: "The Board today ratified its decision to terminate Harvey Weinstein's employment with The Weinstein Company. Harvey Weinstein resigned from the Board."

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Update (October 11, 2017): The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, organisers of the Oscars, has condemned Academy Award-winning producer Harvey Weinstein in the wake of Cara Delevingne making fresh accusations of sexual harassment.

A statement released on Wednesday from the MPAA read: "The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents.

"The Board of Governors will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 14, to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy."

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Update (October 10, 2017): Harvey Weinstein's wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, has confirmed that she has separated from the one-time Hollywood mogul following yet more accusations of historic sexual harassment from Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and others.

"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," Georgina said in a statement to People. "I have chosen to leave my husband... Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time."

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Original: Movie executive Harvey Weinstein has officially been fired from his company.

The 65-year-old, who took a leave of absence following allegations of sexual misconduct in a New York Times article, had founded The Weinstein Company alongside his brother Robert.

However, in a statement on Sunday (October 9), the company's board revealed that it had terminated his employment "effective immediately".

The news comes after Harvey's lawyer Lisa Bloom announced she would no longer be representing Harvey, and as several clients of the Weinstein Company threatened to pull their business if Harvey remained involved, according to CNN.

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The board said in a statement: "The directors of the Weinstein Company – Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with the Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately."

Meanwhile, fallout from the allegations continues to unfold.

So far, about a third of the Weinstein Company's board has resigned, while NBC is reporting the company may change its name because of the scandal.

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Harvey himself gave an interview to Page Six following the claims, in which he said that he "bears responsibility" for his actions but is still launching legal action against the New York Times.

"I have got to change, I've got to grow, I've got to deal with my personality, I've got to work on my temper, I have got to dig deep," he added.

"I am going to fix myself, I am going to fix how I deal with women and how I deal with my temper and power."

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