The Harvey Weinstein affair continues to rumble on and now it’s being alleged that he was so aware of his capacity for sexual misconduct that he even included a clause in his employment contract that allowed for it – providing he was willing to pay compensation.
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The contract with the The Weinstein Company was signed in 2015 and is said to contain the following clause:
If you [Weinstein] treated someone improperly in violation of the company’s Code of Conduct then you [Weinstein] will pay the company liquidated damages of $250,000 (£188,000) for the first such instance, $500,000 (£376,000) for the second such instance, $750,000 (£564,000) for the third such instance, and $1,000,000 (£752,000) for each additional instance.
That’s seriously rank and also completely disgusting that they would be so aware of his discretions that they would legislate against them, rather than actually getting the asshole to stop acting like that in the first place. It seems like everyone in Hollywood is guilty over this issue.
The worst thing about it all is that because of this clause, the Weinstein group might actually be in volation of their contract for firing him, so he could effectively sue them for wrongful dismissal if it’s actually real. Sickening.
For more on the Harvey Weinstein story, check out what Rose McGowan said he did to her. Awful again.