As allegations of sexual harassment against embattled film mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to unfold, the USC School of Cinematic Arts said Tuesday that it is rejecting a $5-million pledge Weinstein had made to fund a program for female filmmakers.
Weinstein referenced the pledge last week in a statement to the New York Times in response to the paper's exhaustive story detailing accusations of sexual misconduct against him going back decades. "It will be named after my mom, and I won't disappoint her," he wrote.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, USC said simply, “The USC School of Cinematic Arts will not proceed with Mr. Weinstein’s pledge to fund a $5M endowment for women filmmakers."
Former President Obama responded on Tuesday to the allegations of sexual harassment that continue to swirl around film mogul and longtime Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein.
"Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," Obama said in a statement. "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status.
"We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories," he added. "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."
In a continuing turn of events equal parts dizzying and sickening, the allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein have mounted quickly since the initial report appeared in the New York Times last week.
On Sunday, Weinstein was fired from the company that bears his name, Weinstein Co. In the hours leading up to that announcement, Weinstein had been sending an email to other top executives in Hollywood in a desperate attempt to somehow keep the Weinstein Co. board, including his brother Bob Weinstein, from firing him.
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars as Thomas Edison in the coming Weinstein Co. period drama "The Current War," said Tuesday that he is "utterly disgusted" by the revelations of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein served as a producer on "The Current War," which chronicles the battle between Edison and George Westinghouse over their competing electrical systems and is slated for release next month.
But in the wake of the bombshell New York Times story last week detailing accusations of sexual misconduct against him stretching back decades, his name has been removed from the film.
Georgina Chapman announced she's leaving Harvey Weinstein over the sexual harassment and assault allegations that have broken over the last week.
"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. 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," the 41-year-old fashion designer and actress said in a statement to People.
Weinstein and Chapman have been married since December 2007. They have two children, India Pearl and Dashiell Max Robert.
But the mayor also took pains to note that Hollywood's lackluster record on its treatment of women extends beyond the current scandal, which the New York Times and the New Yorker ignited with explosive stories about Weinstein's alleged misconduct.
Garcetti, speaking at an appearance at the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday, said he had little personal interaction with Weinstein, noting he met the producer and his wife just once around five years ago.
Geiss alleged that her encounter with Weinstein took place at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, where she was shopping a screenplay. Geiss met with Weinstein at a restaurant near closing time to discuss her pitch and said that he invited her to his office — adjacent to his hotel room — to continue their meeting.
Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have revealed that they, too, were victimized by disgraced Miramax and Weinstein Co. mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein was credited with helping to launch Paltrow’s career, aiding in her Oscar win for “Shakespeare in Love” and turning her into the “first lady of Miramax.”
Before that, though, Paltrow claimed that the film producer assaulted her when she was 22 after he summoned her to his hotel suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills for a work meeting about 1996’s “Emma.” There, he placed his hands on her and suggested they go to the bedroom for massages — a story that has been echoed by several Weinstein accusers.
Brit pop trio Bananarama has reunited and will embark on a brief four-city tour of North America next year, 30 years after the original lineup split.
Founding members Siobhan Fahey, Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward will play a string of shows across the United Kingdom this fall. They will then cross the Atlantic for a run of dates starting Feb. 20 at the Novo Theater in Los Angeles, also making stops in San Francisco, Toronto and New York.
Bananarama formed in London in 1981 and eventually placed more than 30 hits on the U.K. charts, four of which also charted in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100. Their biggest U.S. hit was “Venus,” which reached No. 1 in 1986; “Cruel Summer” and “I Heard a Rumour” also reached the Top 10 in this country.