NEW YORK (AP) – The chorus of Hollywood stars denouncing film producer Harvey Weinstein echoed across the Atlantic on Friday, even as his brother said the embattled production company that bears both their names insisted business was “continuing as usual.”
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Co. issued a statement saying the company wasn’t shutting down or exploring a sale following allegations that co-founder Weinstein sexually harassed or sexually assaulted dozens of women. The statement mentioned a slate of three upcoming films – “Polaroid,” ‘’Paddington 2” and “War with Grandpa” – and said: “Business is continuing as usual as the company moves ahead.”
The public pressure increased on the one-time movie mogul, with Oscar-winners and former Weinstein colleagues Emma Thompson and Quentin Tarantino airing their displeasure, and more actresses coming forward to describe harrowing hotel encounters with movie mogul.
“I don’t think you can describe him as a sex addict – he’s a predator. There’s a difference,” Thompson, who starred in the Weinstein produced film “Brideshead Revisited,” said on BBC Two’s “Newsnight.” “What he’s at the top of the ladder of is a system of harassment and belittling and bullying and interference.”
Some 30 women – including actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow – have spoken out recently to say Weinstein had sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them.
Weinstein was fired Sunday by The Weinstein Co., a studio he co-founded with his brother. Harvey Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sexual conduct with any women.
Thompson said she had only “business contact” with Weinstein but recalled his “bullying behavior.”
The actress said there are “many” men in Hollywood in the Weinstein vein.