The mounting evidence supporting allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein routinely sexually harassed women, allegedly even raping three victims, has forced tinseltown into a mass panic. No longer can celebrities hide, now forced to come forward to condemn the man they once celebrated publicly. Even though many have known Weinstein for close to 20 years, a large percentage deny ever knowing about his alleged behavior.
The latest in this string of mass denials is from the Weinstein Co. board, which Harvey co-founded with his brother Bob. In a statement issued Wednesday, the board claims they had no knowledge of Harvey Weinstein's behavior or his past settlements with accusers. Here is the statement:
The Weinstein Company’s Board of Representatives – Bob Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – are shocked and dismayed by the recently emerged allegations of extreme sexual misconduct and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein. These alleged actions are antithetical to human decency. These allegations come as an utter surprise to the Board. Any suggestion that the Board had knowledge of this conduct is false.
We are committed to assisting with our full energies in all criminal or other investigations of these alleged acts, while pursuing justice for the victims and a full and independent investigation of our own.
Actors Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and many more all deny ever knowing of Harvey Weinstein's behavior, despite their long relationship with him going back decades.
Actress Rose McGowan, who alleges Weinstein sexually harassed her and settled her lawsuit against him, has gone on the war path against those who claim they had no idea, calling them all liars.
Following the allegations, the TWC board quickly voted for Harvey's firing, which may result in a heated legal battle. Enlisting Hollywood powerhouse lawyer Patricia Glaser, Weinstein plans to sue the company for what he is supposedly entitled to under his employment contract.