A company has announced Friday that it would look into sexual harassment allegations levied against one of their employees. The employee, a famous Democrat, decided to go on an unexplained indefinite leave of absence.
Several women claimed that they were sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein, according to NBC News. The women who were harassed allegedly received financial settlements.
“We strongly endorse Harvey Weinstein’s already-announced decision to take an indefinite leave of absence from the Company, commencing today,” the board of the Weinstein Company announced Friday.
They continued, “As Harvey has said, it is important for him to get professional help for the problems he has acknowledged.” Among those who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment is actress Ashley Judd.
The company hired Debevoise & Plimpton, a law firm, to help uncover whether or not these accusations are based on fact or fiction. They spoke at length about what happens next,
“Next steps will depend on Harvey’s therapeutic progress, the outcome of the Board’s independent investigation, and Harvey’s own personal decisions,” said the law firm. It seems as if the Weinstein Company is taking all accusations at face value, and truly want to get to the bottom of the case. Their participation and cooperation are paramount to coming out at the end of this situation with clean hands, and they seem to be aware of that.
Oddly enough, there were three board members who were not mentioned in the announcement. Those individuals are Paul Tudor Jones, Marc Lasry, and Dirk Ziff. Ziff resigned from the board before the leave of absence was approved. The other two board members have not offered any official explanations as of yet concerning their absence from participating in this process.
Weinstein is extremely popular, and has made many public appearances since he started his business. There is a good chance he agreed to back out of the company until the investigation is complete, for the sake of the company.
News of Weinstein’s behavior is causing a knee-jerk reaction in the political world. Many politicians are giving back the donations they received from Weinstein due to the claims. It’s not often that you see politicians returning donations.
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People who have already returned donations, or are currently working to return donations, include Democrat Senators Cory Booker, Charles Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, and Patrick Leahy.
In an effort to shed some light on the subject, the Republican National Committee released a statement on Thursday explaining what the Democrats need to do in order to save face. “If Democrats and the Democratic National Committee truly stand up for women like they say they do, then returning this dirty money should be a no brainer,” the statement read.
Weinstein has made a statement about his situation as well, stating, “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.” It sounds as if he is admitting guilt, but we will not be able to confirm that for sure until the investigation concludes.