Timeline of a crisis: Harvey Weinstein's downfall

The Harvey Weinstein scandal cast a shadow that loomed over Hollywood, social media, politics, and PR. Weinstein's position as a preeminent producer came cascading down.

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October 23
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating The Weinstein Company for civil rights violations. His office is seeking out sexual harassment complaints.

October 17
Harvey Weinstein resigns from the board of The Weinstein Company amid allegations that the Hollywood mogul sexually harassed young women, according to Deadline.

His brother Bob Weinstein, with whom he founded the company, and the other remaining members of the board vote to uphold his termination on October 8.

The embattled producer’s downfall comes less than two weeks after The New York Times and The New Yorker released bombshell reports that detailed his long history of sexual harassment.

October 16
The Weinstein Company weighs the possibility of selling all or part of its business to Colony Capital.

Comms around the transaction is being supported by Colony’s longtime agency partner, Owen Blicksilver.

October 15
News emerges that Charles Harder no longer represents Weinstein, potentially killing the so-called lawsuit against the Times.

The Harder Mirell & Abrams attorney was dismissed one week earlier, as his services were "no longer required." Harder is most famous for bankrupting Gawker through the Hulk Hogan suit.

October 14
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expels Weinstein.

Critics pounce on the governing body for its perceived hypocrisy for allowing other stars with histories of egregious behavior, such as Roman Polansky, into its ranks.

Lisa Bloom, an attorney known for her work representing sex abuse cases for women, calls her decision to represent Weinstein a "colossal mistake" in an interview with BuzzFeed. She stopped representing Weinstein October 7.

October 13
The Wall Street Journal reports potential buyers are circling the sinking Weinstein Company. Even the company’s publicity is paralyzed by the crisis, per CNN. Its top spokesperson, Nicole Quenqua, says she will no longer speak on behalf of the company.

October 12
Twitter suspends actress Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s accusers, for violating its terms of service after she sent a tweet containing a private phone number. The public outcry results in a boycott the following day via #WomenBoycottTwitter.

October 10
Hillary Clinton and Barrack and Michelle Obama issue statements condemning Weinstein after pundits pressure Democrat leaders to distance themselves from the sex scandal engulfing Hollywood.

NBC News is put under scrutiny for passing on Ronan Farrow’s report, which was eventually published in The New Yorker.

October 9
Weinstein retains the services of Sitrick and Company to fill out his dwindling crisis management team.

October 8
The Weinstein Company fires Harvey Weinstein.

October 7
Lanny Davis, the former special counsel to President Bill Clinton, resigns as crisis manager for Weinstein. Lisa Bloom also resigns as an adviser to Weinstein.

October 6
Ketchum breaks off its production and distribution deal with The Weinstein Company after The New York Times breaks its story on Weinstein’s behavior.

Several Democrats, such as Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) say they will give back contributions from Weinstein, a prominent fundraiser.

October 5
The New York Times drops its bombshell report on Weinstein’s long history of sexual harassment. (The New Yorker publishes its own independent investigation five days later.)

SKDKnickerbocker pushes back against a report from BuzzFeed that MD Anita Dunn, former White House comms director, was guiding Weinstein through this crisis.

October 4
Weinstein hires a team of lawyers and crisis specialists to tamp down forthcoming stories from The New York Times and The New Yorker.

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