Movie producer Harvey Weinstein has hired some high-powered lawyers and crisis managers ahead of upcoming "bombshell" stories from the New York Times and the New Yorker about his personal behavior, Variety reports. The stories detail "sexual allegations and improper workplace behavior," according to Variety, though both publications declined to comment. Weinstein's legal team reportedly includes Lisa Bloom, an attorney specializing in sexual harassment cases, and Charles Harder, who represented Hulk Hogan in the lawsuit that ended up bringing down Gawker.
In a statement, Weinstein said: "The story sounds so good, I want to buy the movie rights." Bloom quipped that the Miramax and Weinstein Company co-founder "is obviously excellent at assembling a legal team." Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that reporters from the New York Times have been calling dozens of people who have worked with the famously temperamental Weinstein over the decades and have also obtained internal human resources documents. Sources say that at least one of the stories could be released this week, though it's also possible they could be dropped as a result of opposition from Weinstein's legal team. (Read more Harvey Weinstein stories.)