Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assaults were an ‘open secret’ in Hollywood. It was such an open secret that in Weinstein’s contract it said that if he harassed someone, he wouldn’t be fired, he would just have to pay his company a fine.
“According to the contract, if Weinstein “treated someone improperly in violation of the company’s Code of Conduct,” he must reimburse TWC for settlements or judgments. Additionally, “You [Weinstein] will pay the company liquidated damages of $250,000 for the first such instance, $500,000 for the second such instance, $750,000 for the third such instance, and $1,000,000 for each additional instance,”” wrote TMZ.
“The contract says as long as Weinstein pays, it constitutes a “cure” for the misconduct and no further action can be taken. Translation — Weinstein could be sued over and over and as long as he wrote a check, he keeps his job,” they wrote.
For someone as rich as Harvey Weinstein, this isn’t a huge deal. But now that his ‘secret’ is really out in the open, he is admitting he has a problem.
“I know a lot of people would like me to go into a facility, and I may well just do that — I will go anywhere I can learn more about myself. I want to be able to look at the people I have hurt and say, ‘I am sorry, I have changed and I’ve progressed.’ I am terribly embarrassed for my company, my staff and the only person who could fix this is me. I am going to fix myself, I am going to fix how I deal with women and how I deal with my temper and power,” said Weinstein.
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