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The Latest: Harassment scandal scraps starry Amazon series

Jan 9th 2018, 1:54 pm
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instagram dm on computerNEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

An Amazon series from Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and director David O. Russell is being scrapped because of Hollywood's sexual harassment scandal.

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2015 file photo, Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, participates in the "Hand of God" panel at the Amazon Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Amazon says Price is on leave following allegations of sexual harassment. In a statement Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, Amazon says Price's leave of absence is effective immediately. The decision came hours after The Hollywood Reporter published a producer's detailed claims of harassment by Price. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

The actors and Russell released a statement Friday that they had agreed with Amazon Studios to stop work on the untitled series that was being produced by The Weinstein Co. Amazon said Thursday it was reviewing its ties with the company in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against its disgraced former co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein.

The decision comes a day after Amazon Studios suspended its chief, Roy Price, after a producer accused him of sexual harassment. Isa Hackett, the daughter of author Philip K. Dick and producer on the "Man in the High Castle" series, accused Price of making numerous crude comments toward her after a 2015 Comic-Con event in San Diego.

The statement from Russell and the actors did not mention either Weinstein or Price.


6:12 p.m.

Oprah Winfrey says Harvey Weinstein's behavior is "hideous" and she agrees with others who also blame enablers in Hollywood.

She took to Facebook to say she hasn't "been able to find the words to articulate the magnitude of the situation." Winfrey cited a statement from filmmaker and former head of Focus Features, James Schamus, that the scandal is a "story of one predator and his many victims; but it is also a story about an overwhelming systemic enabling" by underlings and others in the entertainment industry.

Winfrey said that thanks how to dm on instagram on computer the brave voices of women who have accused Weinstein, "many more will now be emboldened to come forward EVERY time this happens." She added: "I believe a shift is coming."


5:30 p.m.

Vogue editor Anna Wintour is praising the bravery of women coming forward to allege Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them.

"Behavior like this is appalling and unacceptable. I feel horrible about what these women have experienced and admire their bravery in coming forward," Wintour says in a statement.

"We all have a role to play in creating safe environments where everyone can be free to work without fear."

Wintour has featured in her magazine the clothing label Marchesa, co-created by Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, and she and Weinstein have previously teamed up to appear on red carpets and for Barack Obama fundraisers.



Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Co. will be removed from three shows they produce for A&E Network channels.

The company said Friday that includes Lifetime's "Project Runway" and spinoff "Project Runway All Stars," as well as the History channel military drama "Six."

A Weinstein link remains: The next season of "Project Runway All Stars" has already been taped with the movie mogul's estranged wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, taking part.

A&E Networks said an air date for "All Stars" has yet to be set.

Chapman announced she is separating from Weinstein in the wake of his sexual misconduct scandal.


3:55 p.m.

Bob Weinstein claims business is continuing "as usual" for the Weinstein Co. and that the company's board is not exploring a sale or shutdown.

In a statement Friday, the Weinstein Co. co-chairman disputed reports that the company's future is in jeopardy. Weinstein, who is Harvey Weinstein's brother, said "our banks, partners and shareholders are fully supportive of our company."

Weinstein also said reports of a sale or closure of The Weinstein Co. were "untrue.

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