The Harvey Weinstein story: from studio to courtroom in 40 years

More than 80 women have made allegations of sexual misconduct against him

Updated - December 05, 2021 08:54 am IST

Published - February 18, 2020 04:55 pm IST - New York

Harvey Weinstein, centre, leaving a Manhattan courthouse after closing arguments in his rape trial in New York on February 14, 2020.

Harvey Weinstein, centre, leaving a Manhattan courthouse after closing arguments in his rape trial in New York on February 14, 2020.

Here is a timeline recounting the highs and lows over 40 years in the life of Harvey Weinstein . Once one of Hollywood's most powerful executives, Weinstein is on trial in New York and is accused of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a one-time aspiring actress, in 2013.

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty.

More than 80 women have made allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

A jury is expected to begin deliberations in the New York case on Tuesday.

1979 - Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob found independent film distribution and production company Miramax, naming it after their parents, Miriam and Max.

June 1993 - The Walt Disney Company buys Miramax for $80 million but the brothers stay on until 2005.

May 1994 - Director Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction , starring Uma Thurman and John Travolta and backed by Miramax, wins the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

1997 - Miramax wins its first Academy Award for best picture with The English Patient .

1999 - Miramax’s Shakespeare in Love wins seven Oscars - including best picture and best actress for Gwyneth Paltrow.

A still from the movie Shakespeare in Love

A still from the movie Shakespeare in Love


2004 - Weinstein divorces his first wife Eve Chilton, with whom he has three daughters.

2005 - The Weinstein brothers leave Miramax to set up their own production company, The Weinstein Company.

2007 - Weinstein marries English fashion director Georgina Chapman.

October 5, 2017 - The New York Times reports Weinstein settled with eight women who accused him of unwanted physical contact and sexual harassment over three decades. Weinstein in a statement apologised for causing pain to colleagues and said he was taking a leave of absence and entering therapy. Reuters did not independently verify the details of The New York Times report.

October 6, 2017 - Weinstein takes indefinite leave of absence from The Weinstein Co. The company later says he is fired.

October 10, 2017 - The New Yorker reports allegations by 13 women who said Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, including three who said he raped them. Weinstein again denies non-consensual sex. Reuters did not independently verify the details of The New Yorker 's accounts.

October 10, 2017 - Ms. Chapman, Weinstein's wife, says she is leaving him.

October 14, 2017 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that selects the Oscar winners, expels Weinstein.

October 2017 - Actress Alyssa Milano fuels the expansion of the #MeToo movement, founded by Tarana Burke, by writing on Twitter: “If you’ve ever been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” In the following weeks, #MeToo would be used by millions of women.

January 1, 2018 - Hollywood celebrities launch the Time’s Up campaign to fight sexual harassment in the workplace.

May 25, 2018 - Weinstein surrenders to New York police on charges of rape and a criminal sex act involving alleged assaults against two women, in 2004 and 2013.

June 5, 2018 - Weinstein pleads not guilty to the charges.

June 9, 2018 - Weinstein pleads not guilty to new charges of sexually assaulting a third woman in 2006.

October 11, 2018 - Weinstein wins dismissal of the charges over the alleged 2004 assault. Charges involving the other two women remain pending.

January 17, 2019 - Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein's defence attorney, issues statement saying he is quitting, without elaborating.

January 25, 2019 - Weinstein appears in court to announce new defence team.

April 26, 2019 - Weinstein's trial is delayed until September 9 to allow defence more time to gather evidence.

July 11, 2019 - Weinstein hires third legal team after second team of defence attorneys exits the case.

August 26, 2019 - Weinstein pleads not guilty to new indictment involving the same two women accusing him of two counts of predatory sexual assault, in 2006 and 2013. His trial is pushed back to January 6, 2020.

December 11, 2019 - Weinstein and his bankrupt studio reach tentative $25 million settlement with dozens of women who accused him of sexual misconduct. Representatives for Weinstein declined to comment.

January 6, 2020 - Los Angeles prosecutors announce sexual assault charges against Weinstein just hours after he appeared in a New York court for the start of his trial on rape charge.

January 7, 2020 - Jury selection at Weinstein's trial begins in New York.

February 18, 2020 - Jury expected to begin deliberations.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.