Disney CEO Bob Iger has released a statement about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults.
“Harvey Weinstein’s reported behavior is abhorrent and unacceptable, and it has no place in our society,” Iger said in the statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
His comment was released after the publication of reports by both The New Yorker and The New York Times accusing Weinstein of several sexual assault and rape against young women actresses.
This is not the first time a Disney executive has spoken out against the Hollywood mogul.
Walt Disney Studios purchased Weinstein’s Miramax production company in 1993, when Disney’s studio head was Jeffrey Katzenberg. Disney’s CEO at the time was Michael Eisner, with Iger in the number two spot from 2000 to 2005.
In 2005, Weinstein financed Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11″ for $6 million without Eisner’s knowledge. A dispute over this led Weinstein and his brother to abandon Miramax and find a new place for Moore’s film.
Eisner sent out a Tweet, saying, “Fired Weinsteins because they were irresponsible, and Harvey was an incorrigible bully. Had no idea he was capable of these horrible actions.”
Katzenberg has also shared his views on the matter.
Weinstein and Katzanberg have remained friends during the past three decades, and Katzenberg had received an email from Weinstein seeking his support.
Katzenberg made his reply public, writing, “You have done terrible things to a number of women over a period of years,” and, “There appear to be two Harvey Weinsteins…one that I have known well, appreciated and admired, and another that I have not known at all.”
Since the New York Times published an article Thursday about the alleged crimes, Weinstein has been fired as co-chairman from his own company, The Weinstein Company.