Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has issued an apology following reports that Weinstein sexually harassed several women at a hotel room.
Several outlets including the New York Times, Variety, and New Yorker have published testimonies from different women on Thursday who say that the 65-year-old sexually harassed them in his hotel room.
Ashley Judd told The New York Times that two decades ago that Weinstein asked her to come to his hotel room for a business breakfast meeting. Weinstein allegedly greeted Judd in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage.
“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Ms. Judd said she remembers thinking.
Weinstein, who is the co-founder of Miramax, reportedly reached at least eight settlements with woman spanning over three decades, according to The Times. Dozens of Weinstein’s former and current colleagues, ranging from his assistants to top executives, said they knew of inappropriate conduct while they worked for him.
In 2015, Weinstein's female assistant came forward and said that he created a toxic environment for women at the company.
"I am a 28-year-old woman trying to make a living and a career. Harvey Weinstein is a 64-year-old, world famous man and this is his company. The balance of power is me: 0, Harvey Weinstein: 10," Lauren O'Connor said in a memo.
In a statement to The Times on Thursday Weinstein said: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”
The film mogul is preparing to take a leave of absence from work, according to The Times.