Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal

As the public face and pugnacious spirit behind his company, Harvey Weinstein made himself synonymous with a kind of prestige cinema that was designed to attract discerning audiences and scoop up Oscars by the armful.

That is, until October 2017, when explosive allegations surfaced about decades of sexual harassment and misconduct by Weinstein. The claims against the longtime movie mogul soon expanded to dozens of women within the industry, ultimately bringing down Weinstein and his company in addition to sparking movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. Take a look back at the stories that shaped one of the fastest downfalls in recent Hollywood history.


(This story gallery was originally published at 10 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2017.)

Weinstein victims’ settlement hits another roadblock

Weinstein Co. directors are balking over terms of a deal that would settle claims from women who have accused the mogul of sexual assault.

Who is willing to defend Harvey Weinstein? A third high-powered lawyer wants off case

The attorney, who famously won Casey Anthony's acquittal, is the second high-powered lawyer to drop Weinstein as he faces sexual assault charges in New York.

Harvey Weinstein’s $44-million settlement with his accusers is in jeopardy

The sniping and brinkmanship being played out in public exposed months of behind-the-scenes infighting as negotiations lurched forward.

Harvey Weinstein lawyers argue against sex trafficking claim

The lawyers in a court filing late Monday urged a New York judge to toss out civil claims by women who say Harvey Weinstein tried to coerce sex in return for movie roles or career enhancement.

Harvey Weinstein hires Jose Baez, lawyer who won Casey Anthony acquittal, to lead his defense

Jose Baez, the famed defense attorney who won an acquittal for Casey Anthony in 2011, will take over as the disgraced mogul's lead defense counsel in a sex assault case in New York City.

Harvey Weinstein’s scorched-earth defense against rape allegations has had some success. It could also backfire

In the six months since his arrest, Harvey Weinstein has attacked the credibility of his accusers, New York City police and prosecutors. He's managed to get one of the six criminal charges against him dropped. Now a judge will decide if the arch-villain of the #MeToo movement will stand trial.

Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case can move forward, judge rules

A judge in New York City on Thursday rejected a motion to dismiss charges of sexual assault against former Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein.

Another actress sues Harvey Weinstein alleging repeated harassment and assault

The unnamed woman claims that the first incident occurred shortly after meeting Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and that he repeatedly harassed and sexually assaulted her over a period of nearly three years.

Harvey Weinstein tries new tack to get rape charges dropped

Harvey Weinstein's defense is asking a judge to dismiss the remaining charges against the movie mogul, saying the grand jury that indicted him wasn't told that a woman he's charged with raping in 2013 reportedly attended a screening with him later that day.

Request to dismiss charges against Harvey Weinstein is baseless, Manhattan prosecutors say

In a motion filed Monday, Manhattan prosecutors scoffed at a defense motion to drop all charges against Harvey Weinstein. A judge in New York City is expected to rule on the matter in late December.

Harvey Weinstein denies accusation he preyed on 16-year-old model

Ben Brafman, an attorney for the disgraced movie producer, called the new accusation 'preposterous' and said it would be proven false.

After speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, two actresses join forces to protect others in Hollywood

Jessica Barth and Caitlin Dulany, two actresses who made sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein last year, have joined together to create an online reporting system for those who say they've been abused or mistreated in Hollywood.

Detective in Harvey Weinstein case encouraged accuser to delete data from her phone, document shows

A detective involved in the sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein told one of the disgraced mogul’s accusers to delete information from her cellphone before turning it over to prosecutors, according to a document made public Wednesday.

Harvey Weinstein gets a win: Part of criminal case against him is dropped

Manhattan's district attorney has decided to drop part of the criminal case against Harvey Weinstein. The tossed charge involves allegations made by one of the three accusers in the case, Lucia Evans, who was among the first women to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual assault.

A year after #MeToo upended the status quo, the accused are attempting comebacks — but not offering apologies

A year after #MeToo, many men brought down by the movement are looking to come back to public life. But if you're waiting for them to apologize, forget it. These men might regret getting caught. But true remorse about the damage they caused isn’t forthcoming.

One year later, how Harvey Weinstein went from power player to pariah and sparked a national movement

A timeline of the sexual misconduct accusations against Harvey Weinstein and the fallout from the scandal.

One year after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, #MeToo has become a battle for hearts and minds

A year after news broke of accusations of sexual harassment and assault against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, the aftershocks from that seismic event continue to reverberate across the industry, from movie sets to casting sessions, TV writing rooms to executive boardrooms.

Julie Chen and other spouses caught up in the #MeToo era face a difficult decision

Les Moonves is out at CBS, but his wife, Julie Chen, is sticking by her husband and, for now, her place as host of the network's "Big Brother," though she gave up her spot on "The Talk." Her forced career turn illustrates the predicament faced by partners of disgraced men.

A year into #MeToo, some movies, including four Weinstein titles, are still stuck in distribution limbo

The latest movies from Woody Allen and Roman Polanski are also among the titles that still have no domestic release date as distributors mull how to handle a dicey marketing dilemma.

NBC News denies that it tried to shut down Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein reporting

The network's executives say the sexual harassment expose was never ready for air by the network's standards while Ronan Farrow worked on it for NBC.

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer, seeking dismissal, claims alleged victim's emails show sex was consensual

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers on Friday filed a motion to dismiss his indictment on multiple sex charges, arguing that grand jurors never saw exculpatory evidence, including emails in which a woman he is accused of raping allegedly professed her love for him years after.

Harvey Weinstein's new claims against Ashley Judd outrage actress' attorney

Harvey Weinstein's lawyers are asking a federal judge to dismiss Ashley Judd's lawsuit charging he ruined her career after she rejected his sexual advances, arguing the producer tried to live up to a "bargain" she proposed to let her touch her if she "won an Academy Award in one of his films."

Harvey Weinstein effort to trash accusers backfires; his lawyer denies producer told British magazine that he traded acting roles for sex

Harvey Weinstein seemingly admitted to British Spectator magazine columnist Taki that he did use his business to get sexual favors.

Harvey Weinstein is indicted again. The new charges could bring a life sentence

Harvey Weinstein is facing new criminal charges. An indictment revealed Monday accuses him of sexually assaulting a woman and of committing a pattern of sex crimes.  A prior indictment accused him of raping a different woman and sexually assaulting another. He and his lawyer say he's not guilty.

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges in New York

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of committing a criminal sexual act on Tuesday.

Weinstein is sued by 3 women; one alleges rape and says his lawyer's firm duped her

Harvey Weinstein and his criminal defense attorney are targets of a new lawsuit by three women, including a technology sales executive who accuses the producer of sexual assault and rape and says his lawyer's firm duped her into handing over evidence.

'We got you, Harvey Weinstein': Hollywood celebrates disgraced film mogul's arrest and surrender

As Harvey Weinstein surrendered to New York police on Friday, celebrities — particularly some of his accusers — viewed his arrest as proof of the power of speaking out against sexual assault.

Defiant Harvey Weinstein denies sex crime charges. He 'did not invent the casting couch,' attorney says

In a milestone for the #MeToo movement, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York authorities Friday morning to face sexual assault charges.

Harvey Weinstein's accusers: Full list includes fledgling actresses and Hollywood royalty

Since scores of women came forward to accuse the once-mighty Harvey Weinstein of victimizing them, the Oscar-winning studio mogul’s downfall has been steep. Here's the growing list of Weinstein's accusers and their allegations.

Weinstein Co. sale approved by bankruptcy court

Judge Mary F. Walrath approved the sale of the studio’s assets to Dallas-based private equity firm Lantern Capital Partners, which will pay $310 million in cash and assume about $115 million in liabilities related to film and television projects.

Dallas firm to buy Weinstein Co. after auction yields no serious bids

It’s unclear if any Weinstein Co. bidders will top the so-called stalking horse offer made by Dallas-based private equity firm Lantern Capital Parnters in March. There appears to be scant interest among the logical entertainment industry buyers, including Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Miramax.

Weinstein stories that sparked #MeToo win Pulitzer Prize

The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for breaking the Harvey Weinstein scandal with reporting that galvanized the (hash)MeToo movement and set off a national reckoning over sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Weinstein Co., the once prominent indie studio, filed for bankruptcy with only $500,000 in cash

Weinstein Co.'s financial strain illustrates the catastrophic impact of the allegations and ensuing lawsuits against founder Harvey Weinstein on the company and its employees.

Weinstein Co. has filed for bankruptcy and will pursue a sale

The bankruptcy, the biggest to hit Hollywood in nearly three years, represents a stunning downfall for the New York-based Weinstein Co., five months after its co-founder was accused of sexual harassment and assault.

Weinstein Co. bankruptcy could hurt victims' chances for compensation, legal experts say

The Weinstein Co.'s pending bankruptcy has some victims' rights advocates worried about whether Weinstein’s accusers will be left in the lurch. In a  Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, victims' claims would take a back seat to the studio’s secured creditors.

Even in exile, Harvey Weinstein maintains an upscale lifestyle. But his expenses are adding up

The Oscar-winning producer has fled to Arizona, where he has indulged in expensive hideaways, posh restaurants and personalized addiction treatment.

Weinstein Co. seeks to dismiss class-action lawsuit, saying Weinstein was solely responsible for his action

Weinstein Co. seeks to dismiss class action lawsuit, contending Harvey Weinstein was solely responsible for his actions.

Weinstein Co. board fires president and COO David Glasser 'for cause'

Weinstein Co.'s David Glasser came under fire this week after the New York attorney general’s office sued the studio for civil rights violations. New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman singled him out, accusing him of failing to respond to complaints to the company’s human resources department.

New York attorney general sues Weinstein Co. for civil rights 'violations,' throwing sale into question

Contreras-Sweet, backed by billionaire Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos., has been in negotiations with the Weinstein Co. for weeks for a deal that would give her control over the studio’s assets and establish a fund to help women who have alleged abuse by Weinstein.

LAPD submits three more cases of alleged sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein

The Los Angeles Police Department has submitted three cases for review by prosecutors of alleged sexual assault by film producer Harvey Weinstein. The cases bring to five the total number of cases under review by the Los Angeles prosecutors against Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein ex-assistant sues, describing unwanted touching, naked dictation and used condoms

Harvey Weinstein ex-assistant sues him alleging repeated touching, naked dictation and cleaning up condoms

6 women sue Harvey Weinstein, and his former assistant makes new accusations

Six women are suing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and the studio he co-founded, seeking to turn their case into a class-action suit representing what they say are hundreds of women whom he has sexually assaulted or harassed in his decades in Hollywood.

Harvey Weinstein resigns from Directors Guild of America as sex scandal grows with new lawsuits

The disgraced movie mogul, who faces numerous accusations of sexual misconduct, has already been kicked out of the Academy, BAFTA and the Producers Guild of America.

Harvey Weinstein faces new $10-million sexual harassment lawsuit from employee

The disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein and his namesake New York-based production company are facing a sexual harassment lawsuit from “Marco Polo” associate producer Alexandra Canosa.

Harvey Weinstein's accusers sue his company, alleging it enabled 'predatory behavior'

Harvey Weinstein's accusers sue his company, alleging negligence. It's the latest legal action against Weinstein Co., which has been roiled by allegations of sexual misconduct against its former co-chairman.

Hollywood & Highland censors sculpture in response to Weinstein scandal

Erika Rothenberg's "The Road to Hollywood" ended with a daybed overlooking the Hollywood sign — a daybed that some incorrectly interpreted as a casting couch. The Times art critic explain how a mob mentality has led to dangerous censorship.

Harvey Weinstein is the subject of multiple criminal investigations, but detectives face challenges

Harvey Weinstein faces multiple criminal investigations, but detectives will need to work to corroborate the allegations, examine evidence and interview any witnesses.

Harvey Weinstein and studio sued for assault and battery by an unnamed actress

In a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the actress also accused Weinstein Co. of negligence, marking the latest in a series of legal actions against the studio.

Harvey Weinstein team says indictment not imminent, criminal charges not warranted

Harvey Weinstein’s publicists and lawyers pushed back Wednesday against reports surrounding the disgraced movie mogul, saying that they do not expect an indictment soon and that they believe they will show he does not deserve to face criminal charges.

Harvey Weinstein paid ex-spies and private detectives to find dirt on accusers and journalists, report says

The once powerful producer Weinstein paid private security agencies to collect damaging information on Rose McGowan, Annabella Sciorra, Rosanna Arquette and other women trying to come forward to share their sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.

Harvey Weinstein expelled from Television Academy for life

The Television Academy has voted to expel disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein in the wake of sexual harassment and assault allegations....

NYPD calls Harvey Weinstein rape allegation credible, says it's gathering evidence for arrest

The New York Police Department stepped up the pressure on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on Friday, saying it had received a "credible" rape allegation from an actress, had corroborated parts of her story and were gathering evidence for an arrest warrant. Paz de la Huerta has revealed ...

Harvey Weinstein and Disney are targeted by a Canadian actress alleging sexual assault

The complaint alleges that the producer twice assaulted the actress in 2000. It could be the first of many Weinstein-related legal complaints to hit Disney, which previously owned Miramax.

LAPD investigating second woman who accused Harvey Weinstein of wrongdoing

LAPD investigating second woman's allegations of wrongdoing by Harvey Weinstein

Beverly Hills police launch sexual assault investigations involving Harvey Weinstein and James Toback

Beverly Hills police launch sexual assault investigations involving film mogul Harvey Weinstein and director James Toback.

Weinstein sex accusations show the power of social media and the limits of shame in our celebrity-driven world

Perspective: Weinstein sex accusations show the power of social media and the limits of shame in our celebrity-driven world

British police investigating 11 claims of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein spanning decades

Harvey Weinstein: crime investigation expands to seven women in London

Weinstein Co. projects' fates: What's canceled and what's on track

Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s studio, Weinstein Co., had dozens of projects in the works when sexual harassment and rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein hit the news this month. Some of those projects are now canceled. Others are still moving forward. Here’s a breakdown.

As Harvey Weinstein scandal spreads, talent agencies and guilds face tough questions

Did the major Hollywood talent agencies and guilds do enough to protect actresses from Harvey Weinstein and others?

Weinstein Co.'s future uncertain as Colony Capital deal falters

Colony may still buy some or all of the company, but the collapse of the deal leaves Weinstein Co. in need of another lifeline.

Harvey Weinstein sues his own company for documents to defend himself against claims of sexual abuse

In a complaint filed in Delaware chancery court, Weinstein’s attorneys said having access to the documents will assist the company in its defense against investigations and lawsuits.

As Harvey Weinstein sex scandal grows, one accuser says his company was negligent

Dominique Huett said Weinstein sexually abused her in 2010 in Beverly Hills and is suing his company for negligence.

Actress Natassia Malthe says Harvey Weinstein raped her in 2008

Natassia Malthe's complaint is the latest among more than 50 women who have alleged that now-disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein mistreated them.

Harvey Weinstein faces assault claims from two more women, and his company is sued for negligence

Mimi Haleyi is the latest among more than 50 women who've accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

Harvey Weinstein's alleged pattern of harassment echoes that of child sexual abusers

Although the specifics are different, the psychological and behavioral dynamics at play among the perpetrators and victims are virtually identical.

New York attorney general launches investigation of Weinstein Co.

The Attorney General civil right bureau issued a subpoena today as part of an investigation into whether officials at the Weinstein Co. violated state civil rights law or New York City human rights law.

How Harvey Weinstein used his fashion business as a pipeline to models

Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, best known for his film career, built a lucrative fashion business that included the TV show "Project Runway." Now, more than 10 fashion models have accused Weinstein of a wide range of sexual misconduct.

1980s actress Heather Kerr says Harvey Weinstein made her touch his genitals

Kerr was in her 20s when Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually assaulted her during a business meeting in 1989, she said during a press conference alongside her attorney, Gloria Allred, on Friday.

Weinstein Co. employees: 'We did not know'

A group of Weinstein Co. staffers responded to sexual harassment and assault allegations against their company’s disgraced co-founder.

Investigation launched after actress tells LAPD she was raped by Harvey Weinstein

Los Angeles police are investigating new allegations against Harvey Weinstein after an Italian model-actress reported that the producer sexually assaulted her in 2013.

It was Bob and Harvey Weinstein against the world. Then they turned on each other

Bob and Harvey Weinstein built an indie film powerhouse. Now the allegations against Harvey Weinstein have put the lesser known brother in the spotlight.

Harvey Weinstein resigns from the board of Weinstein Co. as sex scandal widens

Harvey Weinstein formally stepped down from the board of directors of the company he co-founded.

The end of Harvey Weinstein and an industry that secretly loves its bullies

What the Harvey Weinstein scandal can teach us about the industry, the movies and the work that must be done.

Harvey Weinstein: His cinematic gifts and his bullying sway over a Hollywood he fascinated and repelled

The myth and reality of Harvey Weinstein play out in the mogul's scandal.

Weinstein criminal probes growing in New York and London, but so far no cases in L.A.

Sex crimes detectives in New York and London are investigating allegations from at least five women who say they were raped or sexually assaulted by Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein's company gets a financial lifeline as he faces new criminal probe

The Weinstein Co., beset by allegations against ousted co-founder Harvey Weinstein, announced Monday that it is in negotiations to sell part or all of itself to Colony Capital. It also said it has a preliminary agreement for Colony Capital to give it an immediate cash infusion.

How Trump’s election and Weinstein’s fall signal warp speed on taking sexual harassment seriously

Sexual harassment allegations took down Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, Harvey Weinstein and possibly Amazon Studios' Roy Price. Donald Trump, however, won the presidency despite his comments about grabbing women. A look at how political opposites Trump and Weinstein are united in their bullying ways.

Kate Winslet didn't thank Harvey Weinstein when she won the Oscar. Here's why

Kate Winslet doesn't hold back in describing Harvey Weinstein's rude, bullying, "very, very, very unpleasant" behavior and why she's glad to be rid of him.

Harvey Weinstein expelled from motion picture academy

Producer Harvey Weinstein has been kicked out of the motion picture academy following allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Which leads to the question: Who's next?

Working for Harvey Weinstein was a coveted career steppingstone that came at a price

The psychological toll that came with working for Oscar-wining movie producer Harvey Weinstein included verbal abuse that would sometimes turn physical, according to former employees.

So who has dared to defend Harvey Weinstein?

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, actress Lindsay Lohan, actor Tony Denison, fashion designer Donna Karan and director Woody Allen have risen to Harvey Weinstein’s defense despite a tidal wave of industry condemnation.

No one took Rose McGowan’s claims seriously. Now everyone is listening

Even before the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Rose McGowan was, in her words, Hollywood's "feminist whistleblowing badass."

Amazon Studios cuts ties with Weinstein Co. following Harvey Weinstein sex scandal

The move comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal

Why Rose McGowan is the hero of this Harvey Weinstein horror show

The actress didn't tell her Harvey Weinstein story and leave it at that. She launched a campaign against Hollywood's "rape culture" so fierce it got her temporarily banned from Twitter.

In Hollywood, what should've been scandal was long met with a shrug. A new outcry has changed that

Harvey Weinstein moment sheds light — or doesn't — on Hollywood, hypocrisy and turning trauma into art.

The fallout: How the Harvey Weinstein scandal exposed sexual harassment as Hollywood's dirty secret

As more women come forward with allegations against Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, many in Hollywood are looking at the issue in the industry.

As woes escalate for Harvey Weinstein's former company, potential buyers begin to circle

Hollywood is already starting to kick the tires of the Weinstein Co. barely a week after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against its ousted co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein's legacy: A first step to removing the industry's systemic sexism

Los Angeles Times columnist Glenn Whipp writes about his encounters with Harvey Weinstein and why the producer's downfall could be a watershed moment for the entertainment industry.

Hachette pulls the plug on Weinstein Books

Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Hachette Book Group terminates the Weinstein Books imprint.

Has anyone fallen faster than Harvey Weinstein?

After decades as a Hollywood elite, Harvey Weinstein's fall from grace was fast and furious.

With shock and anger, Hollywood responds to the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal

As more accusations pile up against Harvey Weinstein, a growing number of celebrities have issued statements about the tarnished movie mogul's alleged sexual misconduct.

LAPD responds to family disturbance call involving Harvey Weinstein

LAPD response to disturbance involving Harvey Weinstein at L.A. home

Film academy to hold emergency meeting to discuss Harvey Weinstein's membership

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday it will hold a meeting Saturday to discuss Harvey Weinstein's membe...

The legal fallout from the mushrooming Weinstein sex scandal could be big

The mounting sexual assault and harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein could have severe legal consequences for the executive and his already struggling namesake company.

Can Weinstein Co. survive without Harvey Weinstein?

The future looks grim for Weinstein Co. as leaders scramble to contain the fallout from Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment scandal.

Being harassed by Harvey Weinstein was 'disgusting' and 'pathetic,' TV reporter says

Harvey Weinstein lured TV reporter Lauren Sivan downstairs at a restaurant in 2007 and then engaged in a “disgusting and kind of pathetic” display of sexual harassment, Sivan told Megyn Kelly in her first television interview about the encounter.

Another man behaving badly in Hollywood — this time, Harvey Weinstein. What a shocker

The New York Times reported that Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexually harassing women over nearly three decades. He's apologized and has hired a team of people, including a well-known feminist attorney, to help him figure out why he's behaved badly.

Weinstein Co. orders investigation of Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations

The Weinstein Co.'s board of directors met by phone Thursday night in a heated exchange to discuss how to respond to sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein sexual harassment controversy exposes Hollywood's double standard

Hollywood has been unusually quiet over the allegations against the prominent filmmaker.

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein is fired from his company after sexual harassment allegations

Harvey Weinstein, the indie film impresario, has been forced out of his company in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

Senators start giving away money Harvey Weinstein donated to them

Harvey Weinstein has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic politicians, including the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Harvey Weinstein loses key supporters, including advisor Lisa Bloom, who came under pressure to quit

The attorney's resignation comes after a new report surfaced Friday alleging that the producer had masturbated in front of a TV journalist 10 years ago.

Harvey Weinstein to take a leave of absence amid sexual harassment claims, threatens lawsuit over report

The article, published by the New York Times on Thursday, said that Weinstein has over the years reached at least eight legal settlements with women over alleged harassment.

Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood future is in question after sexual harassment allegations

Harvey Weinstein's company was struggling long before accusations of sexual harassment surfaced. Will they deal a fatal blow to the indie film company?