On March 28, 2015, the NYPD conducted a sting operation targeting the film mogul, Harvey Weinstein. 22-year-old Ambra Battilana, a Filipina-Italian model, had gone to the police regarding Weinstein’s misconduct. She agreed to record their next interaction at Manhatten’s Tribeca Grand Hotel, with officers nearby ready to intervene should he do more than simply implicate himself. The recording was released exclusively to the New Yorker, and written about in an article by Ronan Farrow.
Due to these developments, Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the Weinstein Company. He started the film business in 2005 with his less media-friendly brother, Bob Weinstein, after leaving Miramax (which they had also founded in 1979). Here is their full statement:
The Weinstein Company’s Board of Representatives — Bob Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — are shocked and dismayed by the recently emerged allegations of extreme sexual misconduct and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein. These alleged actions are antithetical to human decency. These allegations come as an utter surprise to the Board. Any suggestion that the Board had knowledge of this conduct is false.”