Harvey Weinstein

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

19th March, 1952

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.83

Harvey Weinstein (born 19.03.1952) Harvey Weinstein is an American film producer and co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company and Miramax.

Childhood: Harvey Weinstein was born in Flushing, New York. His parents were Max Weinstein, a diamond cutter, and Miriam. He was raised in a Jewish household. He attended the John Bowne High School and the University at Buffalo.

Film career: Harvey Weinstein began his career producing rock concerts as Harvey & Corky Productions with his brother Bob Weinstein and their friend Corky Burger. They founded an independent film distribution company called Miramax (an amalgam of their parents' names). They released films such as Paul McCartney's 'Rockshow'. Their movie for Amnesty International 'The Secret Policeman's Other Ball' in 1982 was credited with raising the profile of the charity in the US. The company received national attention in 1988 after releasing Errol Morris's crime documentary 'The Thin Blue Line'. They became the most successful independent film studio in the US with the release of Steven Soderbergh's 'Sex, Lies, and Videotape' in 1989. 1989 also saw Miramax release 'The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover' and 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!' which were both X-rated by the MPAA, though Weinstein attempted to sue the ratings computer and it was later changed to NC-17 rated. Following the release of 'The Crying Game' in 1993, Disney bought the company for $80 million and released Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' in 1994 and distributed 'Clerks'. Miramax won an Academy Award with 'The English Patient' in 1996 and soon followed many other successes including 'Shakespeare in Love' and 'Good Will Hunting'. In 2005, the Weinsteins left Miramax and formed the production company The Weinstein Company garnering Academy Award nominations with 'Transamerica' and 'Mrs. Henderson Presents'. They did the documentary film 'The Oath of Tobruk' about the 2011 Libyan revolution. He was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his efforts in the British film industry. He has been criticized for his editing of the Asian films 'Shaolin Soccer', 'Hero' and 'Princess Mononoke', detailed in Peter Biskind's book 'Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film'. He has a reputation for anger, once putting a reporter in a headlock while throwing him out of a party and once attacking Julie Taymor over a screening her movie 'Frida'. He has been involved in a variety of charities regarding poverty, AIDS, juvenile diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. In 2009, singer Sam Moore attempted to sure The Weinstein Company for allegedly basing the comedy 'Soul Men' on his career. In 2011, Michael Moore took the company to court alleging that he was owed millions for the 2004 documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11'. Harvey Weinstein:

Personal life: Harvey Weinstein married his assistant Eve Chilton in 1987. They divorced in 2004 after having had three children; Lily, Emma and Ruth. In 2007, he married Georgina Chapman with whom he has two children; India Pearl and Dashiell. In 2012, he was the victim of an attempted extortion by Vivek Shah who threatened to murder his family if they did not pay millions of dollars. He was soon arrested.

Seal Brands Oprah Winfrey "Sanctimonious"

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 11 January 2018

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Following Oprah's Golden Globes speech, Seal has branded her a hypocrite and has suggested she knew about Harvey Weinstein's behaviour.

The growing hype behind a potential Oprah Winfrey presidential campaign doesn’t seem to have everybody enamoured with the idea, with singer Seal dubbing the star as “sanctimonious” and accusing her of being aware of Harvey Weinstein’s misdeeds well before they were made public.

The 54 year old singer launched a stinging attack on the legendary American chat show host, just a few hours after she delivered a rousing speech at the 2018 Golden Globes at the weekend, at which virtually all the female stars wore black in solidarity with the #metoo movement.

Winfrey had told the crowd that “a new day is on the horizon” where nobody will be a victim of sexual violence. That speech sparked a resurgence of interest in long-standing speculation that she might run for president in 2020, with big-name stars throwing their support behind her.

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Harvey Weinstein Slapped By Man In Arizona Restaurant

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 11 January 2018

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A phone-shot video shows the disgraced Weinstein being accosted in a Paradise Valley restaurant by a fellow diner.

The disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein was slapped in the face by a fellow diner at a restaurant at an exclusive resort near Scottsdale, Arizona – and the incident was caught on a camera phone.

Weinstein, 65, was at the Elements restaurant at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort in Arizona on Tuesday night (January 9th) when an unidentified - and clearly somewhat drunk - man approached him and his “sober coach” at around 9pm.

Apparently, the other patron asked Weinstein for a picture, to which the former movie mogul declined. At this point, when they got up to leave, the man told his friend to start filming, which was when the incident occurred.

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Mira Sorvino's Father Threatens Harvey Weinstein Over Assault Claims

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 05 January 2018

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Harvey better hope he never has to meet Paul.

Mira Sorvino's father is still absolutely furious after hearing about his daughter's ordeal at the hands of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein. He's even gone as far as to threaten to kill him if he ever meets him, and is adamant that he be jailed for life.

Image caption Mira Sorvino at a Golden Globes party

The 78-year-old actor told TMZ just how 'furious' he was when he found out that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed Mira in a hotel room in the early 1990s, around the time that she was shooting 'Mighty Aphrodite'. Reporters asked for his comment on suggestions that she was 'blackballed' in Hollywood after refusing his advances.

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Meryl Streep Slams Melania And Ivanka Trump For Their Silence On Sexual Misconduct

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 03 January 2018

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The Oscar-winner told the New York Times she did not know about the behaviour of producer Harvey Weinstein.

Meryl Streep has opened up about the sexual misconduct scandal in Hollywood, and the criticisms she faced in the wake of allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

Speaking to The New York Times, Streep said she “really had to think,” before responding to the allegations against Weinstein, as it underlined her own sense of “cluelessness”.

Image caption Meryl Streep at the Washington premiere of 'The Post'

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Kate Winslet Branded "Difficult" By Shamed Producer Harvey Weinstein

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30 December 2017

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The actress said working with Weinstein was uncomfortable

Harvey Weinstein’s unfair influence over Hollywood and its leading ladies has been coming to light ever since the shocking revelations of his widespread sexual harassment and misconduct were exposed earlier this year. Now it is British actress Kate Winslet who has revealed herself to have been at the end of producer Weinstein’s authority after he labelled her "difficult" because she refused to tolerate his bullying.

Kate Winslet said she refused to put up with Harvey Weinstein's bullying

The actress - who has starred in big films including Revolutionary Road and The Reader - has spoken out about her experiences with shamed Weinstein who has faced hundreds of accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Meryl Streep Targetted By Street Poster Campaign Claiming "She Knew" About Harvey Weinstein

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 20 December 2017

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The posters appeared in various locations around Los Angeles on Tuesday, just a day after she and Rose McGowan had clashed over her knowledge of Weinstein's behaviour.

Days after she was assailed by Rose McGowan for working with the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, Meryl Streep has become the subject of a guerrilla campaign of street art, with posters appearing around Los Angeles this week claiming ‘She Knew’ about Weinstein’s alleged sex crimes.

The posters, which were spotted in various locations in L.A. on Tuesday (December 19th), feature an image of Streep, 68, with Weinstein, and a red banner placed over her eyes with the words ‘She Knew’ across it.

It’s not known at the time of writing who is responsible for producing and distributing the posters, but social media indicates that they have been spotted at a number of L.A. locations, including the SAG-AFTRA building, near Streep’s home in Pasadena and at the Hollywood / Highland complex, as well as across the road from the 20th Century Fox studios.

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Matt Damon Gives Controversial Interview On Harvey Weinstein And Hollywood Sexual Harassment

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 15 December 2017

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Damon condemned Weinstein in the interview, but claimed there was a "spectrum" on which abusers should be condemned and that some did not deserve to lose their careers.

Matt Damon has stirred up controversy with a rather haphazard interview about the state of Hollywood in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, appearing to argue that men who have groped or harassed women should not be judged as harshly as they haven't molested children or raped women.

The 47 year old star was speaking to ABC News journalist Peter Travers on Thursday (December 14th), and discussion turned to the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing the film industry following the revelations of widespread abuse and harassment perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein and others.

He condemned the actions of the disgraced movie mogul, saying that he didn’t know about the details of his behaviour at the time, but admitted that they didn’t surprise him.

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Salma Hayek Pens Essay Detailing Alleged Sexual Harassment By Harvey Weinstein

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 13 December 2017

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Hayek becomes the latest Hollywood star to accuse the disgraced movie mogul of inappropriate and abusive behaviour.

Salma Hayek has added her voice to those of the dozens of women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse, saying in a new op-ed piece that, “for years”, the disgraced movie producer was “my monster”.

On Wednesday (December 13th), the 51 year old star penned a lengthy essay for the New York Times detailing her ordeals with Weinstein on the 2002 Miramax movie Frida. In it, she gave a detailed account of her history with Weinstein, including allegedly inappropriate on-set demands she refused to co-operate with during shooting of the movie.

They included her saying “No” to “opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn’t even involved with. No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage. No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman.”

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Renee Zellweger Hits Back At Claims Of "Sexual Favours" For Harvey Weinstein

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 08 December 2017

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Zellweger vehemently denied a story attributed to Harvey Weinstein in a new lawsuit that she and other actresses offered "sexual favours" to him for career advancement.

Renee Zellweger has rubbished claims made in a new lawsuit that she gave Harvey Weinstein “sexual favours” in order to boost her career prospects, calling the disgraced producer “full of s***”.

The story stems from a lawsuit filed this week by actress Melissa Sagemiller, which stated that Weinstein used to cite Zellweger’s name in an example of how a sexual relationship with him could help to boost aspiring female actors’ careers.

“Renée Zellweger, Charlize Theron and other actresses gave sexual favours,” the lawsuit claims Weinstein said, along with comments such as: “Don’t you want your career to be more than just this little teen film?”

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Pamela Anderson Claims Harvey Weinstein's Victims "Knew What They Were Getting Into"

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 01 December 2017

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Anderson was speaking to Megyn Kelly about the Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal.

Pamela Anderson has made some controversial comments regarding the sexual misconduct scandal that has rocked Hollywood over the last two months, saying that the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape “knew what they were getting into”.

The former ‘Baywatch’ actress, 50, was speaking to journalist Megyn Kelly in an interview on Thursday (November 30th). When the subject turned to the Weinstein scandal, Anderson remarked that it was an open secret in Hollywood that Weinstein was a predator.

“I think it was common knowledge. That certain people or certain producers in Hollywood are people to avoid privately,” she said. “You know what you're getting in to if you go to a hotel room, alone.”

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Usher seen with various family, friends and colleagues, including Terry Lewis, aka Jimmy Jam, Usher Raymond and Harvey Weinstein, at his Star ceremony. The musician and actor is the latest celebrity to be honoured with his own spot. - The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th September 2016- Usher receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Walk of Fame - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th September 2016

Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at the The Weinstein Company And Netflix Golden Globes After Party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 8th January 2017

Harvey Weinstein seen on the Red Carpet for the 2017 Breakthrough Prize awards held at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, San Francisco, California, United States - Sunday 4th December 2016

Harvey Weinstein, James Dolan and John Sykes - New York Premiere of 12-12-12 at Clearview Cinemas Ziegfeld Theater - NYC, New York, United States - Saturday 9th November 2013