HARVEY Weinstein has been hit by a string of sexual harassment allegations dating back decades.
The movie producer is the subject of a number of claims – some of which are from the biggest names in Hollywood. Here is the latest on the story which has rocked the movie world…
The 65-year-old is an American film producer who co-founded Miramax, which produced several box office hits including Pulp Fiction and Clerks.
Weinstein has an Academy Award for producing Shakespeare in Love and has several Tony awards for a string of plays and musicals such as The Producers and Billy Elliot the Musical.
He and his brother Bob were co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company after they left Miramax – although Harvey was sacked after the recent scandal.
In 2004, Weinstein was given an honorary CBE for his contributions to the British film industry.
He is involved in campaigning against poverty and Aids and helps with research on diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Harvey Weingard – played by Maury Chaykin – on hit show Entourage is based on Weinstein.
Weinstein has been married twice and has been wed to English fashion designer and actress Georgina Chapman, 41, since 2007.
Chapman announced she was leaving him in the wake of the harassment claims, saying: “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions.
“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.”
The producer is worth around £153million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
He is considered to be one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and sold Miramax to Disney for £61million in 1993.
The company went on to produce Pulp Fiction, Clerks, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love.
The legendary producer was the subject of a number of allegations – including from film star Ashley Judd – published in the New York Times.
Judd, 49, recalled an incident in which she expected to discuss business with Weinstein, 65, but instead, was summoned to his hotel room.
She claimed that Weinstein — wearing a bathrobe — then asked her if he could give her a massage, or if she would be willing to watch him take a shower.
Other claims included offers of career advancement in exchange for sex, forced massages and incidents in which he was alleged to have fully exposed himself.
A lawyer for Weinstein hit out, calling the allegations "patently false".
But Weinstein said in a statement: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it.
“Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”
Mylene Klass is the latest A-lister to accuse the producer of inappropriate conduct.
She told The Sun, Weinstein attempted to offer her a sex contract, but she told him to "f*** off".
Hours before, Kate Beckinsale revealed how the producer targeted her in London, when she was just 17.
In a damning post on Instagram, she said her career was "undoubtedly harmed" after she rejected his advances.
She said when she was called to meet him at the Savoy Hotel, she "assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common".
But arriving at reception, she was told to go to his room, where he opened the door "in his bathrobe".
Since the initial claims became public, a number of others have come forward with allegations of their own against the Hollywood figure, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, Brit model Cara Delevingne and actress Asia Argento.
US President Donald Trump has waded into the story – saying he was not surprised by the allegations levelled against the Hollywood heavyweight.
Speaking as he boarded Marine One – the presidential helicopter – Mr Trump said: "I've known Harvey Weinstein a long time… I'm not at all surprised to see it."
Weinstein has now been forced out of his own company in the wake of the scandal.
The directors of The Weinstein Company collectively agreed to give the producer the boot.
The 65-year-old's firm is now said to be in the hands of his brother, Bob Weinstein and chief operating officer David Glasser.
Theresa May expressed “concern” about the claims as MPs called for the producer to be stripped of his CBE.
But fashion designer Donna Karan sparked controversy after saying Weinstein’s alleged victims may have been “asking for it” by the way they dress.
And Matt Damon and Russell Crowe have been accused of helping to stop an article exposing the sex scandal from being published.
Ewan McGregor slammed the Hollywood bigwig and revealed he had heard sex abuse rumours for years.
But he was himself blasted by Twitter users for staying silent for so long.
The FBI has now reportedly opened a probe into the claims against the movie mogul, amid suggestions he might flee the country like Roman Polanski.
He was filmed staggering into the road and trying to flag down a passing car after his worried daughter told cops he is "suicidal".
In a series of tweets on October 12, Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her and Amazon Studios ignored her complaints.
She tweeted: "I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn't been proven. I said I was the proof."
Ms McGowan reportedly reached a settlement with Weinstein after a hotel room encounter during the Sundance film festival.
Lawyers acting on behalf of Weinstein's first wife, Eve Chilton, have reportedly asked him to hand over $5million due for future child support and divorce payments.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, Ms Chilton has demanded the pile of cash which includes $1.4million in basic child support payments and $500,000 for healthcare, $124,000 for statutory add-ons and $500,000 for college and college prep.
Ms Chilton has reportedly expressed concerns that her ex-husband is running out of cash to cough up as he faces a string of legal battles.
The former Weinstein assistant divorced the Hollywood mogul in 2004 after 17 years of marriage and have three children: Lily, 22, Emma, 19 and Ruth, 15.
The New York Daily News says Weinstein was excused from appearing at court in Manhattan on December 21.
The 65-year-old has produced a wealth of well-known films such as Shakespeare in Love, Gangs of New York and Oscar winners such as The Artist.
Although his most recent movie, Tulip Fever was branded a critical disaster.
Having earned 303 Oscar nominations, actress Merlyl Streep referred to him as "God" at last month's Golden Globes.
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