Harvey Weinstein: His downfall’s key developments

By Press Association Reporters

Hollywood kingmaker Harvey Weinstein has had a meteoric fall from grace since dozens of women accused him of sexual assault and harassment.

Here are the key developments in his downfall.

Leonardo DiCaprio, pictured with Cameron Diaz and Harvey Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival, saluted the ‘strength’ of the women who ‘made their voices heard’ (PA)

:: Thursday October 5

The New York Times exposes allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein from former colleagues including actress Ashley Judd.

The producer apologises, saying he realises he “has caused a lot of pain” and says he intends to take a “leave of absence” from his firm, The Weinstein Company (TWC).

The Queen meets Harvey Weinstein during a reception for the dramatic arts at Buckingham Palace (PA)

:: Friday October 6

TWC’s board of directors says the majority of its members “strongly endorsed” his decision to step aside indefinitely.

:: Saturday October 7

Weinstein’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, announces her resignation.

:: Sunday October 8

TWC’s board of directors announces that Weinstein has been dismissed with immediate effect “in light of new information about misconduct”.

:: Monday October 9

British actress Romola Garai claims Weinstein wore only a dressing gown as he auditioned her for a film role when she was just 18.

Romola Garai arriving for the Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, London (PA)

Stars including Kate Winslet, Dame Judi Dench and Meryl Streep speak out against the movie mogul.

:: Tuesday October 10

Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein and actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrive for the 50th anniversary gala of the NFT at the National Film Theatre on the South Bank in London (PA)

Meanwhile, three women allege in an article in The New Yorker that Weinstein had raped them.

His spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, says: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.”

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman arriving at the 2014 EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London (PA)

Weinstein’s wife, British fashion designer Georgina Chapman, announces she is leaving him.

:: Wednesday October 11

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) announces it has suspended Weinstein’s membership.

Harvey Weinstein attends the Audi EE British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party at Kensington Palace (PA)

Cara Delevingne says Weinstein made advances towards her in a hotel room after asking her to kiss another woman.

Bond actress Lea Seydoux says she had to defend herself after the director jumped on her and tried to kiss her.

:: Thursday October 12

Police in Britain and the US say they have opened investigations into Weinstein.

Merseyside Police say they received an allegation of sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s, and referred it to Scotland Yard.

British actresses Sophie Dix and Kate Beckinsale also come forward, with the latter saying a robed Weinstein offered her alcohol when she was just 17.

(Kate Beckinsale/Instagram)

:: Saturday October 14

Oscar hosts The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences vote to immediately expel Weinstein, making him only the second person in history to be turfed out.

Harvey Weinstein and Gwyneth Paltrow with Oscars won for Shakespeare In Love in 1999 (PA)

:: Sunday October 15

British actress Lysette Anthony says she has told the Metropolitan Police she was attacked by Weinstein in her London home in the late 1980s.

Lysette Anthony (Matt Crossick/PA)

Sources confirm that three further sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein have been made to British police.

The fresh complaints, from one alleged victim, relate to incidents in 2010, 2011 and 2015, in Westminster and Camden.

A third woman also contacts British police with sexual assault claims against Weinstein, saying he assaulted her in Westminster in 1992.

:: Tuesday October 17

Weinstein steps down from the board of TWC after already losing his job as co-chairman.

His younger brother, Bob Weinstein, is also forced to deny an allegation of sexual harassment after a claim by Amanda Segel, a former executive producer of sci-fi series The Mist.

:: Thursday October 19

The Los Angeles Police Department launches an investigation after an Italian actress and model claims Weinstein raped her in a hotel near Beverly Hills in 2013.

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o says she was also a victim of Weinstein’s harassment as a drama student.

Long-term collaborator Quentin Tarantino admits he knew allegations against Weinstein, saying: “I knew enough to do more than I did.”

:: Monday October 23

New York state’s top prosecutor, attorney general Eric Schneiderman, launches a civil rights investigation on TWC, seeking all documents relating to harassment allegations against the studio.

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