Killer Lawyer: I'll Sue NY Times Over Harvey Weinstein Report

Harvey Weinstein

Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein has faced allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact spanning over almost three decades, The New York Times reports.

The New York Times reported that Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and/or unwanted physical contact by numerous people who worked with him over the past three decades or so.

Weinstein spoke to The Wrap and Page Six, telling both outlets that his apology statement, given to the Times, was honest - and that he's still set on suing the Times for $50 million. Weinstein said he is going on leave from the Weinstein Company to "deal with this issue head on".

His attorney Charles J Harder subsequently put out a statement saying the newspaper's story was defamatory because it relied on "mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report".

"We included all relevant comments from Mr. Weinstein in our story and published his entire response", she said. The story begins with actress Ashley Judd being invited to what she thought was a business breakfast with Weinstein at the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles. Instead, she says Weinstein repeatedly asked to massage her or for her to watch him shower.

The Times reports that Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women and that McGowan reached a settlement with the producer following an encounter at a hotel in 1997.

"We said, 'What is it, tell us the allegations, we will respond".

It is based on interviews with dozens of former and current employees who claim they saw examples of Weinstein's misbehavior, as well as legal records and internal documents from the businesses Weinstein has run.

Oscar-winner Brie Larson responded to the allegations by saying she stood "with the courageous survivors of sexual assault and harassment.as always".

"I have since learned it's not an excuse, in the office or out of it, to anyone".

I bet the women's organizations are stoked.

They later sold it and in 2005 set up The Weinstein Company.

Weinstein, married to British Marchesa fashion designer Georgina Chapman, also said that when he began working in the movie industry in the 60s and 70s, "rules about behaviour and workplaces were different".