Revelations about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged decades-long sexual misconduct has caused him to be fired from the company that bears his (and his brother Bob’s) surname name. The Weinstein Company, formed after the Weinstein brothers sold Miramax to Disney, released a statement saying:
“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, 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.”
That statement indicates that five board members on the all-male board of directors, including his brother Robert, made the decision to fire Weinstein. The Weinstein Company board that made this decision was already depleted in ranks by board members who quit soon after the misconduct revelations became public. These included Tim Sarnoff, who runs Technicolor, and billionaires Marc Lasry and Dirk Ziff. (Billionaire board member Paul Tudor Jones was not mentioned in the statement firing Weinstein, nor has it been reported that he has left the company.) Before the scandal and the resignations, the Weinstein board was a larger all-male board of directors. Besides Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — who were cited in the release firing Weinstein — the board comprised of the 65-year-old Harvey Weinstein himself and Lasry, Sarnoff, Ziff and Tudor Jones.