Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the Weinstein Co., effective immediately, three days after an expose detailed decades of allegations of sexual abuse against the movie mogul. In a statement, the company's board of directors announced his termination Sunday night, capping the swift downfall of one of Hollywood's most powerful producers and expelling him from the company he co-created. "In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of the Weinstein Company—brother Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar—have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with the Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately," their statement reads, per the AP.
Weinstein had previously voluntarily taken a leave of absence following eight allegations of sexual harassment uncovered in an expose by the New York Times. The board on Friday endorsed that decision and announced an investigation into the allegations. Weinstein, co-chairman of the film company, has also been its face and prime operator, making the Weinstein Co. an independent film leader and near annual presence at the Academy Awards. The allegations triggered cascading chaos at the Weinstein Co. Numerous members of its all-male board have stepped down since Thursday. The prominent attorney Lisa Bloom, daughter of well-known Los Angeles women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, on Saturday withdrew from representing Weinstein, as did another adviser, Lanny Davis. A new accuser emerged as well.