Harvey Weinstein Fired From Weinstein Company After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Sivan said the incident occurred at the Socialista restaurant and nightclub  in Manhattan

Sivan said the incident occurred at the Socialista restaurant and nightclub  in Manhattan

Harvey Weinstein's own company - The Weinstein Company has sacked its co-founder on Sunday, following allegations by an independent law firm that he indulged in sexual harassment.

A report surfaced late Friday in the Huffington Post claiming that Weinstein had made unwanted sexual advances toward a TV journalist, Lauren Sivan, a decade ago in NY, including cornering Sivan at a restaurant and masturbating in front of her.

But it went further Sunday, removing Weinstein from the company he co-founded. Besides Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar - who were cited in the release firing Weinstein - the board comprised of the 65-year-old Harvey Weinstein himself and Lasry, Sarnoff, Ziff and Tudor Jones.

Democratic lawmakers have quickly distanced themselves from Weinstein, a major Democratic donor, after the Times report.

The Weinstein Company immediately installed a committee to investigate the allegations.

The Weinsteins sold Miramax to Disney in 1993, and they left the company in 2005 to start The Weinstein Company.

Weinstein was sacked from his movie studio, the Weinstein Company, on Sunday following the New York Times's publication of an exposé that detailed how multiple women, including actress Ashley Judd, have accused him of sexual harassment over the course of nearly three decades.

Two unnamed sources told the newspaper that "Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women". The actress praises the women who spoke up against Weinstein, such as Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, as heroes, while admitting she never knew about any of the offenses made against Weinstein.

The departure leaves Weinstein's brother Bob, a co-chairman, and chief operating officer David Glasser at the helm of the company. Bloom's mother, the powerful lawyer Gloria Allred, jeered her daughter, saying: "Had I been asked by Mr. Weinstein to represent him, I would have declined, because I do not represent individuals accused of sex harassment".