Harvey Weinstein & Former Crisis PR Firm’s Legal Dust-Up To Be Short Lived
There may or may not be smoke in crisis PR maestro Michael Sitrick's legal dispute with former client Harvey Weinstein over outstanding bills, but the whole thing is likely to have water poured on it within days.
Despite a recent fiery court filing by Sitrick & Company alleging that the disgraced and now indicted producer has been squirreling away assets to avoid paying his debts, the two sides are actually close to ending the matter, we hear.
In fact, the parties are… Read
Vertical Entertainment Acquires ‘The Reckoning’, Docu On Harvey Weinstein & #MeToo Era
EXCLUSIVE: Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to The Reckoning, a documentary about Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo era that premiered at Hot Docs International in April.
Here’s the logline: The Reckoning details the personal toll of the movie mogul's alleged pathology and broadens the systemic scale of abuse to the ensuing harassment scandals in the #MeToo era. Featuring interviews with insiders, complainants and whistleblowers, as well as… Read
Jon Hendry, Former IATSE Boss In Santa Fe, Hit With Third Sex Harassment Suit
EXCLUSIVE: Former Santa Fe IATSE boss Jon Hendry has been hit with a third sexual harassment lawsuit – this one by a former assistant who accuses him of a laundry list of other allegations, including racketeering and campaign finance violations.
Hendry, once the most powerful labor leader in New Mexico, was ousted in March as IATSE Local 480's longtime business agent after two former staffers accused him of sexually harassing them. That same month he was ousted as… Read
Harvey Weinstein’s Lawyers Argue Ashley Judd’s Civil Suit Should Be Tossed — Updated
UPDATED with statement from Ashley Judd’s attorney
Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers are urging a federal court judge to throw out Ashley Judd’s civil suit, arguing that too much time has passed for her to bring a legal claim seeking damages for allegedly ruining her career.
Judd sued Weinstein in April, arguing that the once-powerful Hollywood producer sabotaged her chances of landing a role in the blockbuster The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in 1998. The singer and actress… Read
Netflix Terminates Contract With The Weinstein Co.
UPDATED with Netflix statement about Peaky Blinders: Netflix won a U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s approval to terminate its output deal with The Weinstein Company, a settlement that means the streaming service won’t be obligated to stream a third season of MTV’s Scream.
The agreement, filed today (read it here), comes as Lantern Entertainment continues to work through various objections stemming from The Weinstein Co.’s bankruptcy, in hopes of establishing productive… Read
Hollywood’s Sex Harassment Commission Gets Assist From Kapor Center In Funding Drive
EXCLUSIVE: The Anita Hill-led Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equity in the Workplace has turned to the nonprofit Kapor Center for Social Impact to assist in raising the millions of dollars needed to fund its efforts to stamp out sexual abuse in the entertainment industry.
Founded last December in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the commission is asking Hollywood to fund its mission over the next five years. All major networks, studios… Read
Harvey Weinstein Gang Try To Walk Back Sex For Jobs Interview; Journo Says “May” Have Gotten Quote Wrong – Update
UPDATE, 11:41 AM: In a PR face plant by a team that clearly can’t spin straight, Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer and the columnist who claimed the disgraced producer said he offered movie roles for sex now are trying desperately to put out the blaze from the damning quote.
"I was present for the conversation; it was not an interview but a social meeting between old friends," Benjamin Brafman said in a statement this morning after Deadline reported on the Spectator piece… Read
Asia Argento Defended From Bullying On Anthony Bourdain Suicide In Open Letter
An open letter signed by more than 40 people, most of them female celebrities but including male actor and abuse victim Terry Crews, has called on the public to stop blaming actress Asia Argento for the suicide of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.
The letter, published Thursday by the Los Angeles Times, claimed Argento “has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for… Read
Weinstein Co. Sale Expected To Close Friday After Bankruptcy Court OKs Price Cut
The sale of The Weinstein Company to Lantern Capital for $289 million is set to go forward Friday after a Delaware bankruptcy judge rejected objections from several Hollywood A-listers this morning.
"This has been a difficult company to sell," TWC attorney Paul Zumbro said, "and I'm confident we have the best deal in hand."
After months of drama, the final hurdles preventing the sale were last-minute issues brought by top actors and directors. But Judge Christopher… Read
Lantern Entertainment To Create $8.75 M Fund For The Weinstein Co.’s Unsecured Creditors
Lantern Entertainment has agreed to create a fund for The Weinstein Co.’s unsecured creditors, a group that includes co-founder Harvey Weinstein’s accusers as well as the actors, directors and others in Hollywood who say they’re still owed money for their participation in the bankrupt studio’s films and television shows.
The Dallas-based private equity firm pledged to contribute $8.75 million to an escrow fund to pay participation and other claims, according to documents… Read
Robin Wright “Never Socialized” With ‘House Of Cards’ Co-Star Kevin Spacey And Other First Interview Revelations
“I think we were all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened," House of Cards star Robin Wright told Today show’s Savannah Guthrie in very statesman-like responses to jettisoned co-star Kevin Spacey, fired last fall after accusations of past sexual misconduct surfaced against him.
Breaking her silence in an interview conducted just before three more allegations were made against Spacey, Wright focused on how thankful the rest of the show’s cast is that they get to… Read
Guy Pearce Regrets Going Public With Kevin Spacey “Handsy” Claim
Actor Guy Pearce regrets going public with allegations that Kevin Spacey was “handsy” during filming of 1997’s L.A. Confidential, and has released a statement to Australian press expressing his second thoughts.
“I very much understand that it’s too sensitive a topic to be brushed off,” Pearce said in a statement to the Sydney Morning Herald. “I addressed and handled the situation when it took place, hence my regret at making it public now.”
Last week, the Australian TV… Read