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Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment claims rock Hollywood

Many in the industry say the report has confirmed that Weinstein used his position to sexually harass women.

FILE: US film producer Harvey Weinstein in May 2017. Picture: AFP.

NEW YORK - Hollywood is being rocked by allegations of sexual harassment made against one of the biggest movie moguls in the industry.

An investigation by the New York Times claims Harvey Weinstein, head of the Weinstein company which has released Oscar-winning movies like the King’s Speech and The Artist, repeatedly sexually harassed a number of female employees and actresses over the course of his 30-year career.

Weinstein has fundraised for Hillary Clinton and hired Malia Obama as an intern as one of Hollywood’s elite producers, he’s also made a number of careers.

Many in the industry say the report by the New York Times only confirms what had been an open secret - that Weinstein used his position to sexually harass women.

The studio head reached settlements with at least eight women over the years, Weinstein also once invited Ashley Judd to his hotel room for a meeting and then asked if she would watch him shower.

Weinstein says he’ll be suing the New York Times for the story, saying its defamatory.

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