49 Facts About Harvey Weinstein


Harvey Weinstein was co-chairman, alongside Bob, from 2005 to 2017.


Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison, and began serving his sentence at Wende Correctional Facility.


Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 16 years in the Los Angeles trial, and his California prison term must be served separately from his New York sentence.


Harvey Weinstein was born on March 19,1952, in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York City, to diamond cutter Max Harvey Weinstein and his wife, Miriam.


Harvey Weinstein's family is Jewish, and his maternal grandparents immigrated from Poland.


Harvey Weinstein grew up with his younger brother, Bob, in a housing co-op named Electchester in New York City.


Harvey Weinstein graduated from John Bowne High School and attended the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Harvey Weinstein's lawsuit was later thrown out, but the MPAA introduced the NC-17 rating two months later.


The Harvey Weinstein brothers left Miramax on September 30,2005, to form their own production company, The Harvey Weinstein Company, with several other media executives, directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, and Colin Vaines, who had successfully run the production department at Miramax for ten years.


Harvey Weinstein was shut down on July 16,2018, and its website sometime thereafter.


The book states that 54 had been originally made as an arthouse film but, after Ryan Phillippe's sudden rise to stardom, Harvey Weinstein forced director Mark Christopher to re-edit and re-shoot the film to make it more mainstream.


Harvey Weinstein re-edited several Asian films and dubbed them in English.


Harvey Weinstein tried to release the English-dubbed versions of Shaolin Soccer and Hero in the United States theatrically, but they scored badly in test screenings, leading Harvey Weinstein to release the films in United States cinemas in their original language.


Furthermore, Harvey Weinstein re-edited 1993 Cannes Palme d'Or winner Farewell My Concubine for US theatrical release; 1993 Cannes jury head Louis Malle was furious.


When Harvey Weinstein was charged with handling the US release of Princess Mononoke, director Hayao Miyazaki was reported to have sent him a samurai sword in the mail.


Harvey Weinstein has always insisted that such changes were done in the interest of creating the most financially viable film.


Harvey Weinstein decided to screen the film at the festival only after he was lobbied by star Michael Caine, who threatened to boycott publicity for another film he had made for Miramax.


Harvey Weinstein acquired a reputation for ruthlessness and fits of anger.


However, a Newsweek story on October 13,2008 criticized Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of "hassling Sydney Pollack on his deathbed" about the release of the film The Reader.


Harvey Weinstein, whose company distributed Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, a film about the Polanski case, questioned whether Polanski committed any crime, prompting Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley to insist that Polanski's guilty plea indicated that his action was a crime, and that several other serious charges were pending.


Ronan Farrow reported in The New Yorker that Harvey Weinstein hired British-Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube in order to stop the publication of the abuse allegations against him.


Harvey Weinstein reportedly used Black Cube to attempt to silence journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor reporting on the allegations against him.


Harvey Weinstein resigned from the Directors Guild of America and was denounced by leading figures in politics whom he had supported.


Harvey Weinstein was arrested the same day after surrendering to the New York City Police Department.


Harvey Weinstein was later released after $1 million USD bail was posted on his behalf.


Harvey Weinstein surrendered his passport and was required to wear an ankle monitor, with travel being restricted to New York and Connecticut.


On June 8,2022, Harvey Weinstein was formally charged by the Metropolitan Police with two counts of indecent assault against a woman in London, UK, between July 31 and August 31,1996.


Harvey Weinstein was remanded to jail at Rikers Island in New York City pending his sentencing hearing on March 11,2020, when he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.


Harvey Weinstein was then transferred to Wende Correctional Facility in Erie County, New York.


Harvey Weinstein was stripped of his honorary CBE on September 18,2020.


In March 2020, while incarcerated in Wende Correctional Facility in western New York during the COVID-19 pandemic, Harvey Weinstein tested positive for COVID-19.


Harvey Weinstein reportedly did not show symptoms of the disease, was placed in isolation at the prison, and on April 1,2020, was stated to be recovering.


On November 17,2020, Harvey Weinstein was again placed in isolation due to suspected COVID-19 symptoms.


On June 2,2022, the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department issued its decision on Harvey Weinstein's appeal, upholding the verdicts and judgment.


Harvey Weinstein continued to face a criminal trial in Los Angeles and his extradition was scheduled for July 2020, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Harvey Weinstein's lawyers objected to the extradition, putting the trial on another delay, and his representative Norman Effman says that he suffers from health problems such as almost being legally blind, sleep apnea, and back problems typical for old age.


On September 15,2022, Harvey Weinstein's attorneys claimed that Harvey Weinstein's teeth were decayed and that he needed private medical care because the prison dentists have given him the option of having teeth extracted and the gaps left open, or to leave the decaying teeth in place and continue to deteriorate.


Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of 3 of 7 charges on December 19,2022.


On February 23,2023, Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 16 years in prison for these convictions.


Harvey Weinstein was active on issues such as gun control, poverty, AIDS, juvenile diabetes, and multiple sclerosis research.


Harvey Weinstein was critical of the lack of universal healthcare in the United States.


Harvey Weinstein is a longtime supporter of and contributor to the Democratic Party, including the campaigns of President Barack Obama and presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.


Harvey Weinstein produced Project Runway, the fashion reality show, making stars of designer Michael Kors, model Heidi Klum and editor Nina Garcia.


Harvey Weinstein was instrumental in the revival of Halston, collaborating with Tamara Mellon, Sarah Jessica Parker, and stylist Rachel Zoe.


Harvey Weinstein licensed the option to revive the Charles James brand.


Stars of Harvey Weinstein's films appeared on more than a dozen Vogue covers.


On September 26,2000, Harvey Weinstein was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the University at Buffalo.


On March 2,2012, Harvey Weinstein was made a knight of the French Legion of Honour, in recognition of Miramax's efforts to increase the presence and popularity of foreign films in the United States.


On September 18,2020, Harvey Weinstein was stripped of the honorary CBE.