Film producer Harvey Weinstein fired in wake of sexual abuse allegations

Film producer Harvey Weinstein fired in wake of sexual abuse allegations

Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Company, effective immediately, as "new information" was revealed regarding his conduct amid a flurry of sexual abuse allegations, the company's board of directors has announced.

Weinstein had previously voluntarily taken a leave of absence following decades of sexual harassment allegations detailed on Thursday in a New York Times expose.

The board over the weekend endorsed that decision but it went further on Monday morning, removing Weinstein from the company he co-founded.

In a statement, the board cited "new information" about Weinstein's conduct that has emerged in the past few days.

A lawyer for Weinstein did not immediately comment.

The New York Times article chronicled allegations against Weinstein from film star Ashley Judd and former employees at both The Weinstein Co and Weinstein's former company, Miramax, over the course of several decades.

Harvey Weinstein on Thursday issued a lengthy statement that acknowledged causing "a lot of pain" while also asking for "a second chance".

But Weinstein and his lawyers have criticised the New York Times' report in statements and interviews.

"We are confident in the accuracy of our reporting," said a New York Times spokesperson in a statement.

"Mr Weinstein was aware and able to respond to specific allegations in our story before publication. In fact, we published his response in full."

More to come.

AP