Former Disney Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg shares email he sent to Harvey Weinstein
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Former chairman of Walt Disney Studios Jeffrey Katzenberg has published an email sent to Harvey Weinstein in the wake of sexual abuse allegations against the producer.
Katzenberg and Weinstein worked together for over 30 years, Katzenberg overseeing the purchase of Weinstein's production company Miramax by Disney.
Like many Hollywood big-wigs, Katzenberg received a “desperate” email from Weinstein following the public allegations, asking for the former Dreamworks studio CEO’s allegiance, writing: “A lot of the allegations are false as you know.”
Katzenberg has since spoken to The Hollywood Reporter , saying: "I was paralyzed [after receiving the email]. didn't know whether I should not respond, or respond and express the way I truly felt.” Harvey Weinstein: his accusers Harvey Weinstein: his accusers 1/8 1990: an unidentified former Miramax assistant
According to a former Miramax employee, a young assistant “left the company abruptly after an encounter with Harvey Weinstein” and received a settlement from Weinstein for an unspecified incident in 1990. Getty 2/8 1991: Laura Madden, a production assistant who worked at Miramax for a decade
Madden told the Times that Weinstein consistently “prodded her for massages at hotels,” a common theme among the sources the Times’s reporters spoke with. On one occasion, she said she locked herself in his hotel bathroom, sobbing 3/8 1996: actress Ashley Judd
Judd recounted for the Times how Weinstein allegedly harassed her while she was filming Kiss the Girls, inviting her to his hotel room and asking her for a massage, then inviting her to watch him shower. Judd first went public with the allegations in a 2015 interview with Variety during which she discussed the experience without naming the producer involved. She described Weinstein’s behavior as “coercive bargaining”; “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” she told the Times AFP/Getty 4/8 1997: actress Rose McGowan
McGowan reportedly reached a “previously undisclosed” $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997, over an incident that occurred in a hotel room Getty 5/8 1998: Zelda Perkins, Miramax production assistant
According to unnamed former colleagues of Perkins’s who spoke to the Times, Perkins allegedly confronted Weinstein about his behaviour toward her and other women at the company. She allegedly threatened to sue him or “go public”; a Miramax lawyer was reportedly tasked with negotiating a settlement Getty 6/8 2014: Emily Nestor, a Weinstein Company temp employee
Nestor had been temping at the Weinstein Company for only one day when Weinstein allegedly offered to boost her career in return for sexual favors, according to the Times. She declined and reportedly complained of his behaviour to colleagues, who later passed the information on to senior executives. An internal Weinstein Company document cited by the Times describes Nestor’s encounter with Weinstein as follows: “She said he was very persistent and focused though she kept saying no for over an hour” Getty 7/8 2015: Ambra Battilana, an aspiring model and actress
In March 2015, Battilana was reportedly summoned to Weinstein’s office on a Friday night to discuss her career. According to a police report cited by the Times, Battilana said she was assaulted by Weinstein, who “grabbed her breasts after asking if they were real and put his hands up her skirt.” Weinstein later claimed that Battilana had set him up, according to colleagues of his who were interviewed by the Times. The Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, later declined to press charges, and according to the Times, “made a payment” to Battilana. On 5 October, the International Business Times reported that after Vance dropped the charges, he received $10,000 from Weinstein’s lawyer 8/8 2015: Lauren O’Connor, an employee of the Weinstein Company
Lauren O’Connor penned a memo to executives alleging “a toxic environment for women” at the company. The memo cited numerous incidents of Weinstein harassing or coercing women who worked for him. She expressed fear that Weinstein was using her and other female employees to “facilitate liaisons with ‘vulnerable women who hope he will get them work.’” That same year, Weinstein allegedly reached a settlement with O’Connor Getty
After speaking to multiple close friends and colleagues, Katzenberg decided to respond Weinstein, writing: “You yourself, in your quotes, have acknowledged that you have behaved inappropriately… so it seems to me we are now down to degrees of horrible.
“You have done terrible things to a number of women over a period of years. I cannot in any way say this is OK with me… It's not at all, and I am sickened by it, angry with you and incredibly disappointed in you. Read more