TMZ is reporting that the meeting looks to get tense and ugly as the company seeks to entangle itself from Weinstein, who has been hit with damaging sexual harrassment allegations. The rumor is that TWC’s board is seeking to fire Weinstein as the first order of business next week.
TMZ also reports that Weinstein actually thinks the damage the allegations have done to his career are only temporary:
Our Weinstein sources say he knows he’s “momentarily toxic” but thinks with a little time, writers and actors will seek him out again because of his track record. He believes — and probably rightly so — that TWC exists because of him. He believes he can go back and produce movies, or he can just as easily do it somewhere else.
As one source put it, “Harvey’s like Judge Judy. She can do her show for CBS, but if she wanted to go to NBC she can do it because it’s all about her.”
It’s astounding that Harvey Weinstein thinks his name will only be mud in the short term. We’re not talking about one, two, or a handful of complaints against him; this whole situation is unrolling like an onion, with so many layers and more complexity at every turn.
Harvey Weinstein looks to be preserved in the history books as one of the entertainment industry’s most notorious lechers. I just don’t see how anybody would want to attach Weinstein’s name to a project now, in the near future, or even in the distant future.
Then again, I could be giving Hollywood too much credit.