Harvey Weinstein

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

19th March, 1952







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.

Rose McGowan Indicted On Felony Cocaine Possession Charge

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 12 June 2018

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McGowan insists that the charges are the result of a plant concocted as part of a campaign to silence her by Harvey Weinstein.

Rose McGowan, the actor who helped spear-head the #MeToo movement aimed at exposing sexual abuse in Hollywood, has been indicted by a grand jury for felony possession of cocaine, it has been reported.

Online court records at Loudoun County, Virginia show that the 44 year old star was handed down an indictment on one count of felony possession of a controlled substance on Monday (June 11th), with a trial date to be confirmed the day after. McGowan has previously argued that the charges are cooked up, and are connected to her activism after she was one of the first women to come forward with allegations of rape against Harvey Weinstein.

McGowan’s attorney, Jose Baez, told reporters soon afterwards: “Rose steadfastly maintains her innocence. These charges would have never been brought if it weren’t for her activism as a voice for women everywhere.”

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Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 06 June 2018

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Weinstein appeared in court in Manhattan to enter a not guilty plea to two charges of rape and one of a criminal sexual act.

Harvey Weinstein has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of rape and sexual assault as he appeared in court for the first time in formal proceedings, regarding the raft of allegations made against him.

The disgraced former Hollywood power-player appeared in court in New York City, after he was formally indicted last week on two counts of rape and one of a criminal sexual act. These regard separate incidents involving two separate women in 2013 and 2004.

One alleged victim told investigators that the mogul cornered her in a hotel room and raped her, while the other accuser, former actress Lucia Evans, elected to waive her right to anonymity and alleges that Weinstein forced her to perform a sexual act in his office in 2004.

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Harvey Weinstein Indicted On Rape Charges By Grand Jury

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 31 May 2018

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Weinstein has been indicted in New York on two counts of rape and one of a criminal sex act relating to two alleged incidents in 2004 and 2013.

Disgraced former movie industry power figure Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on rape and criminal sex act charges by a grand jury in New York City.

The development came a few hours after Weinstein had waived his right to appear before the panel and testify on Wednesday afternoon (May 30th). The grand jury’s role in the hearing was to decide whether there was enough evidence for criminal charges, and its decision means that the disgraced mogul is “another step closer to accountability”, according to Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

66 year old Weinstein was formally charged last week with two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act, for alleged incidents involving two separate women in 2004 and 2013.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals Brad Pitt Once Threatened Harvey Weinstein Over Sexual Harassment

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 24 May 2018

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It apparently happened after Weinstein "made a pass" at Paltrow back in 1995.

Gwyneth Paltrow has claimed that Brad Pitt once “threw” Harvey Weinstein against a wall and threatened to kill him, after the now-disgraced movie producer made a pass at the actress.

In a new interview, Paltrow says that the incident took place at the opening night of ‘Hamlet’ on Broadway back in 1995. Allegedly, Weinstein placed his hands upon her, and suggested that they find a bedroom and have massages, she told Howard Stern’s radio show this week.

This was when Paltrow, now 45, was a rising star and had just signed up with Weinstein’s production company to star in Emma and Shakespeare In Love.

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'Lord Of The Rings' Was Almost Directed By Quentin Tarantino

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 03 May 2018

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Harvey Weinstein wanted one movie, and almost sacked Peter Jackson over it.

In case you needed another reason to despise Harvey Weinstein, it has now been revealed that he almost prevented 'The Lord of the Rings' film series from happening. Well, it would still have happened, but definitely not as we know it. Can you imagine Quentin Tarantino at the helm instead of Peter Jackson?

Image caption Quentin Tarantino at 'The Beguiled' premiere

It would break any film lover's heart to discover that Weinstein cared so little about his potential audience and creating one of the greatest film franchises of all time and so much more about saving money. But he hated the idea of a 'Lord of the Rings' film series so much, that he tried to cut it into one single two-hour movie.

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Cate Blanchett Opens Up On Sexual Harassment From Harvey Weinstein

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 02 May 2018

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Blanchett, an advocate for the Time's Up movement, spoke to Variety about Harvey Weinstein's behaviour towards her.

Cate Blanchett has detailed allegations of sexual misconduct she suffered at the hands of the disgraced Hollywood power figure Harvey Weinstein.

The Australian star, who has been a vocal supporter of the Time’s Up movement ever since allegations against Weinstein and other figures in the industry snowballed in October last year. However, in a new interview with Variety, she detailed her encounters with Weinstein, saying that she got “a bad feeling” from him.

Blanchett has starred in several Weinstein-backed films, including The Aviator and Carol, and was asked by the interviewer whether he had ever behaved inappropriately with her. She replied, “With me, yes… He would often say to me, ‘We’re not friends.’”

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Piers Morgan Says Harvey Weinstein Thinks He'll Be "Forgiven"

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 29 April 2018

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Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is hoping to be "forgiven" by Hollywood, according to Piers Morgan.

Harvey Weinstein is one of the most reviled names right now in Hollywood, with the disgraced movie mogul being accused by a number of different people of sexual misconduct throughout the decades. Currently undergoing treatment for issues that haven't been disclosed in an Arizona clinic, not much has been heard about the producer.

Image caption Harvey Weinstein remains in an Arizona clinic

One of the most prolific accusers of Weinstein is actress Rose McGowan, who readily admits she doesn't think he'll be prosecuted for his alleged criminal activity. Weinstein has denied her claims and those of others who say he engaged in non-consensual sex with them.

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New York Times' Reporting On Harvey Weinstein Scandal To Get Film Treatment

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26 April 2018

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The work done by New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and Rebecca Corbett is to be made into a film.

Two large Hollywood production companies have acquired the rights to develop a movie documenting the reporting of the Harvey Weinstein scandal conducted by the New York Times, in the vein of Oscar-winning film Spotlight.

The film will follow the research, reporting and aftermath of the October 2017 expose compiled by the Times’ investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, as well as their editor, Rebecca Corbett. The article exposed decades of serious sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, then one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood.

That article, as well as the work of The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow, helped to galvanise the #MeToo movement and has exposed the abuses of power across various industries and won the Pulitzer Prize for public service.

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Rose McGowan Alleges Harvey Weinstein Has "Tried To Contact" Her

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 25 April 2018

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In a new interview, McGowan claims that Weinstein used agents to try and make contact with her in the wake of the #MeToo watershed.

Rose McGowan has revealed that the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein “tried to contact” her in the aftermath of the sexual assault scandal that rocked Hollywood and destroyed his career last year, although she has “no idea how he got my number”.

The 44 year old former ‘Charmed’ star alleges that she received “texts [and] things like that” from Weinstein in the days and weeks following the numerous claims of serious sexual assault and misconduct from many women – led by McGowan – last October. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Speaking to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme this week, McGowan explained: “A month ago - somebody that worked with him, represented him, I don't know, on his behalf - I shook, it was like a bullet once again. It was basically just kind of this person is reaching out. And I don't even understand what the point was. I can't understand to what end. The cat's out of the bag.”

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The Weinstein Company Declares Bankruptcy With Half A Billion In Debts

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 20 March 2018

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They are exploring their options after finally declaring bankruptcy.

More than five months after Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Co. over claims of his sexual misconduct, the company has officially declared itself bankrupt with debts of over half a billion dollars to its name. It's currently looking at a stalking horse bid from Lantern Capital.

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Yesterday (March 19th 2018), the film studio finally admitted defeat after failed attempts to stay afloat following Harvey Weinstein's dismissal, though it may thrive under new ownership as they accept a $310 million stalking horse offer with Lantern Capital.

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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