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After revelations accusing one of Hollywood’s most powerful men of sexual abuse towards actresses and former colleagues that span decades, Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein is in damage control.
As the chips start to fall for the once legendary mega-producer, the most powerful of the glitterati are banding together in what is fast becoming one of the biggest scandals in recent Hollywood history.
Actress Ashley Judd says she stands by her story after Weinstein claimed he “never laid a hand on her” and that she is “going through a tough time” after she made sexual allegations against him.
Actress Rose McGowan has also been vocal after an incident in 1997 led to a settlement of an undisclosed sum. McGowan is one of eight women whom The New York Times reports received such sums.
On Friday, the company board of directors will meet to discuss Weinstein’s future. The mogul is taking a leave of absence and acknowledged he has behaved poorly.
Weinstein released a statement saying “the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain.” He added: “I want a second chance in the community but I know I’ve got work to do to earn it.”
However his lawyer Charles J. Harder said the story is “saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein.”
“We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish,” he said. The New York Times says it stands by its reporting.
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