This May Have Been a Part of Your Job If You Wanted to Work for Harvey Weinstein
If you ever wanted to work for Harvey Weinstein (before the scandal, of course) but didn’t get the chance, you should be pretty glad it didn’t work out. It’s likely you would have been horrified by some of the things you would have been asked to do. When Weinstein was head of The Weinstein Company, he had a few crazy requests. Surprisingly, some of his employees went along with it.
Here’s the shocking thing that might have been part of your job description if you wanted to work for Harvey Weinstein.
A civil rights lawsuit was recently filed by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. The suit was against Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Companies, and Robert Weinstein (Harvey Weinstein’s brother and business partner). A press release cited Harvey Weinstein’s “egregious examples of sexual misconduct.” In the release, it says there were violations of New York’s civil rights, human rights, and business laws.
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Working for Harvey Weinstein
The lawsuit details some of the horrific treatment employees experienced, including new allegations against former CEO Harvey Weinstein. In the press release, the behavior toward these individuals was described as “vicious and exploitative mistreatment.” Victims said they were sexually harassed, intimidated, and more. The suit says employees worked in a gender-based hostile work environment, and that the mistreatment lasted from roughly 2005 to 2017.
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Harvey Weinstein’s alleged misuse of company funds
If you think your company is wasteful, this most likely takes the cake. The New York Times reports Weinstein allegedly abused his company credit card. Claims were made that Weinstein gave a $27,000 tip to yacht staff and picked up a model in Europe on a private jet. He is also accused of putting women on movie production payrolls in the absence of an obvious assignment.
There’s more: two staff members said they took Weinstein to sex-addiction therapy back in 2015. However, in a statement sent to USA Today, Weinstein’s representative denies the former CEO mishandled company funds.
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Enabling Harvey’s sex life was a condition of employment for some of his staff
Weinstein was quite concerned about his sex life. In fact, he was so concerned about his sexual performance that he enlisted the help of some of his employees. According to the New York Times, Weinstein asked his assistants to deliver erectile dysfunction drugs to him.
One of the assistants received a $500 bonus for obtaining the drugs. The medications were paid for with Weinstein’s company credit card, and sometimes delivered in brown bags to his hotel room or to meetings he was having with women.
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Employees felt pressure to keep quiet
Some employees were afraid to tell anyone about the shocking things that were going on at The Weinstein Company. Weinstein’s former assistant, Sandeep Rehal, told The New York Times she avoided telling others about her job.
“You become more and more aware of everything going on, then you realize what it is you’re cleaning up, and you don’t ever want to tell anyone that — friends, family, my parents — what kind of job this is,” said Rehal. Weinstein’s other assistant, Michelle Franklin, told the newspaper she decided to finally speak up. Later, she was fired.
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Preventing unfair benefits and protecting victims
In Schneiderman’s statement, he explains the timing of the lawsuit, saying he wants to make sure those who helped carry out Weinstein’s horrific behavior do not benefit unfairly. Consequently, the lawsuit was carried out now, before the sale of The Weinstein Company is finalized. Said Schneiderman:
The [Office of the Attorney General] has instituted this proceeding at the present time in light of its factual and legal findings, and the possible imminent sale of [The Weinstein Companies] and/or its assets to purchasers in a transaction that could leave survivors of Respondents’ unlawful conduct without adequate redress, enable perpetrators or enablers of misconduct to obtain unwarranted financial benefits, and fail to protect adequately TWC employees who would be reporting to some of the same managers (including TWC’s Chief Operating Officer (“COO”)) who failed to investigate [Harvey Weinstein’s] ongoing misconduct or adequately protect female employees from [Harvey Weinstein] when [Harvey Weinstein] served as co-CEO of TWC.
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What Harvey did after the scandal
After the scandal, Weinstein claimed to have a sex addiction. He then checked himself into an Arizona sex addiction rehabilitation center (on an outpatient basis). He checked out of the facility just one week later.
The psychologist who treated him claimed Weinstein underwent “intensive therapy,” reports TMZ. The psychologist told TMZ he helped Weinstein with “dealing with his anger, his attitude toward others, boundary work, and the beginnings of work on empathy.”
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What is the fate of The Weinstein Company?
Now that Schneiderman has stepped in, what does that mean for The Weinstein Company? Well, it looks like the deal to sell the company to Maria Contreras-Sweet (former head of the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama) is on the rocks.
The New York Post reports Contreras-Sweet withdrew her $500-million bid to purchase the company. However, the newspaper later reported the deal could be back on the table. If the deal doesn’t go through, The Weinstein Company might have no other choice but to file for bankruptcy.
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