What began with a few brave women coming forward about mistreatment at the hands of Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein has emerged into a movement against abuse that has reverberated across industries.
In just half a year, dozens of once powerful men have been held accountable for mistreatment, thousands of people have raised their voices to say, “me too,” and at least one industry — people hope, anyway — will never be the same.
Again, it’s happened in six months.
As it stands, the allegations against Weinstein range from harassment to rape, include the stories of more than 80 women and span several decades. (Through a spokesperson, Weinstein has repeatedly denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex.”)
Below is a timeline of how the Weinstein scandal unfolded.
“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly,” Judd told the Times.
In response, Weinstein issues a statement and announces his leave of absence from The Weinstein Company.
Weinstein is fired by The Weinstein Company, which he co-founded with his brother Bob in 2005. The board cites “new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days” as the reason for his termination.
The story, 10 months in the making, also included new allegations of harassment and other improper behavior — along with assertions that people at Weinstein’s film company knew about his misconduct.
Later that day, The New York Times published a followup story with quotes from Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and other Hollywood actresses with allegations against Weinstein.
Weinstein issues his first of what would be several denials of “non-consensual sex.”
In a statement, the Academy says the action was intended “not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”
In the coming weeks, the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts would all take steps to distance themselves from Weinstein.
Law enforcement in London and New York are also investigating alleged sex crimes by Weinstein.
“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” Halperin said in a statement to CNN.
“I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize. Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”
NBC News, where Halperin was a contributor, would cut ties with him days later.
Director and producer Brett Ratner is accused of sexual misconduct by Olivia Munn and five other women in a report published by The Los Angeles Times. The allegations range from sexual harassment to assault.
Ratner’s attorney Martin Singer says the director “vehemently denies” the allegations.
“These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true,” the comedian wrote. “But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
Bloomberg, which aired Rose’s eponymous interview program, also ended its business relationship with Rose.
“I’ve been fired over a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard,” Keillor said in a statement. “It’s some sort of poetic irony to be knocked off the air by a story, having told so many of them myself, but I’m 75 and don’t have any interest in arguing about this.”
“We are devastated,” Guthrie said.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said in a statement provided to CNN. “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.”
“I know Jenny and her family and have seen her several times over the years since the evening she described. While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real,” Simmons writes in a statement. “While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely and humbly apologize.”
“These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day,” read an excerpt from the piece. “Their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced. In some cases, criminal charges have been brought.”
“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office,” Franken says in his resignation speech.
Batali issues an apology to “the people I have mistreated and hurt.”
“That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses,” he says. “I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”
“We want all survivors of sexual harassment, everywhere, to be heard, to be believed, and to know that accountability is possible,” the letter read in part.
“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon,” Winfrey tells the crowd. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.”
“If I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it,” Franco says of the allegations.
The woman, a 23-year-old photographer, had shared her account with the website Babe anonymously, the day prior.
Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour told CNN, “I’m just grateful to be alive at this moment, to see people rise up around the world.”
Her interview also sparks a conversation about on-set power dynamics, after she recalled an incident in which she was coerced into doing a dangerous stunt by director Quentin Tarantino. She described the event as “dehumanization to the point of death.”
“Weinstein Company leadership was complicit in Harvey Weinstein’s wrongdoing,” Schneiderman writes on Twitter the day after filing the suit. “They knew what was happening. They knew how pervasive it was. And yet they did nothing.”
Glasser was fired in response to some of the allegations contained in Schneiderman’s lawsuit, sources told CNN.
Glasser responds with a wrongful termination claim. In a February statement to Variety, his attorney Eve Wagner said “the board had no grounds to justify his firing.”
“Through this lawsuit, we intend to bring to light facts and evidence to demonstrate that the board acted precipitously and with malice. We are confident that a complete airing of all of the evidence will show that our client was scapegoated by the TWC Board of Directors,” Wagner added.
“The only other person to be expelled from the Academy — ever — was a character actor named Carmine Caridi,” Kimmel says. “In 2004 he was kicked out for sharing screeners. Carmine Caridi got the same punishment as Harvey Weinstein for giving his neighbor a copy of ‘Seabiscuit’ on VHS.”
“The changes we are witnessing is being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices, joining together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying, ‘time’s up,'” Judd said.
The New York State attorney general announces it will review the Manhattan district attorney’s handling of a 2015 sexual abuse case involving disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Later in the day, The Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy and, in the process, releases all former employees from the legal contracts, or non-disclosure agreements, that kept them from speaking out.
Bankruptcy attorney Robert Marticello told CNN the Weinstein Company’s decision to release victims from their NDA’s “could be viewed as an attempt to ensure that all of the potential claims are raised and addressed in this bankruptcy case.” He added that victims asserting claims could benefit from the sale of the company’s assets, after others, including creditors and attorneys, are paid from the proceeds.