Harvey Weinstein Takes Leave Of Absence Amid Harassment Reports : The Two-Way Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, made the announcement following a New York Times report alleging that he sexually harassed employees and actresses for decades.

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is taking a leave of absence from his company following a New York Times story that he sexually harassed female assistants, executives and actresses for decades.

The Times report also says Weinstein settled complaints with at least eight women.

Weinstein is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.

Harvey Weinstein is also known for his temper and, the Times story says, his inappropriate behavior toward women has been discussed within his companies for years.

The story begins with actress Ashley Judd being invited to what she thought was a business breakfast with Weinstein at the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles.

Weinstein released a statement in response to the allegations.

Weinstein says he will take time to “Conquer his demons.” He also says he will use the time to fight the National Rifle Association.

Weinstein is a longtime donor to Democratic candidates and liberal causes.

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