Disgraced Hollywood media mogul Harvey Weinstein probably won’t be having a good day Wednesday.
His wife is leaving him, USC says “no thanks” to a $5 million endowment for women filmmakers and even ex-President Obama and wife Michelle say they are “disgusted” by his actions.
And this is all after sharp criticism from Hillary Clinton, media exposes and being fired from his own company by a board of directors that includes his brother.
Weinstein’s wife Tuesday announced she is splitting with her husband in the wake of mounting allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against him.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgiveable actions,” Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, said in a statement to People magazine. “I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.’
Chapman, 41, and Weinstein, 65, were married in 2007 and have two children — India Pearl, 7, and Dashiell, 4.
Weinstein has three other children from a previous marriage.
Chapman is a fashion designer for Marchesa.
Meanwhile, Weinstein recently said he was working with USC to create a foundation to create scholarships for female directors.
But the university announced Tuesday it wants nothing to do with his proposed $5 million foundation.
“The USC School of Cinematic Arts will not proceed with Mr. Weinstein’s pledge to fund a $5M endowment for women filmmakers,” according to the school.
Following the publication of a New York Times article last week that outlined a series of sexual harassment claims against Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company issued a written statement that included his plans for the scholarship fund.
“It will be named after my mom and I won’t disappoint her,” Weinstein said.
In the wake of the New York Times story, and an ensuing story by The New Yorker in which some women alleged they were sexually assaulted by Weinstein, USC student Tiana Lowe started a petition on Change.org calling on the university to cut ties with the producer.
“In short, he’s doing what guilty men throughout history have done to avoid taking ownership of their actions: blaming a pervasive culture, deflecting focus and buying moral absolution,” Lowe wrote in the petition. “As a woman at USC, the prospect that my university might sell an indulgence to ease Harvey Weinstein’s non-existent guilt saddens me.”
She added, “I’d like USC to finally muster the moral spine to refuse Harvey Weinstein’s blood money in exchange for its soul. We are blessed with the expansive and charitable Trojan family. We don’t need this money. What we need is some damn principles.”
More than 200 people had signed the petition by late afternoon Tuesday.
Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama added their voices Tuesday to those condemning alleged acts of sexual harassment and assault by film mogul — and high-profile Democratic Party supporter — Weinstein.
“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein,” the Obamas said in a joint statement.
“Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status,” according to the Obamas. “We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories. And we all need to build a culture — including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect — so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future.”
–City News Service
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