The tales about Weinstein’s alleged mistreatment soon snowballed into a movement against abuse that reverberated across industries.
To date, 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.
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Below is a timeline of the fallout since the Weinstein scandal began.
The New York Times publishes a story detailing numerous accusations of sexual harassment against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. One of Weinstein’s accusers is actress Ashley Judd.
“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.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” the statement read in part.
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.
Weinstein is accused of rape by multiple women in an explosive story by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker.
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.”
Weinstein is ousted from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
In a statement, the Academy said 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.
Alyssa Milano tweets a note reading, “Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
#MeToo, created more than a decade earlier by civil rights activist Tarana Burke to increase awareness of the sexual abuse of young women of color, becomes a viral campaign.
The Los Angeles Police Department opens an investigation into an alleged 2013 sexual assault involving Weinstein and an accuser who asked to remain anonymous.
Law enforcement in London and New York are also investigating alleged sex crimes by Weinstein.
“Game Change” co-author and journalist Mark Halperin is accused of sexual harassment by former female colleagues at ABC News.
“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.