Harvey Weinstein may have been fired ILLEGALLY: Producer's 2015 contract said it didn't matter if he was sued for sexual harassment so long as he paid all settlements

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When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and I received a call from‎ Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call....i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I'd never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood. A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn't and wouldn't be for a bit and I should go to his room. At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn't want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation. When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction. I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing....i thought it would make the situation better....more professional....like an audition....i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room. I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn't deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out....I didn't want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.

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Harvey Weinstein may have been illegally fired from his company according to his contract, which says it did not matter if he was sued for sexual harassment so long as he took care of any payouts.

Weinstein's 2015 employment contract, which was obtained by TMZ, said that so long as the 65-year-old paid whatever the company owed along with a fine, it did not matter how many times he was accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.

Documents - New - York - Times - Company

Additionally, according to internal documents obtained by the New York Times, the company knew about the harassment allegations for at least two years prior to the story breaking last week.

Harvey's brother and fellow co-founder Bob Weinstein, as well as the company's president, David Glasser, had told concerned staff as recently as Tuesday that they were shocked and unaware of the confidential settlements made with various women.

Clause - Contract - Movie - Mogul - Harassment

However, according to a clause in his 2015 contract, if the movie mogul was charged with sexual harassment he was in charge of all legal payouts and had to pay an additional fine to the company.

'You [Weinstein] will pay the company liquidated damages of $250,000 for the first such instance, $500,000 for the second such instance, $750,000 for the third such instance, and $1,000,000 for each additional instance,' the contract reads.

Document - Weinstein - 'cure - Misconduct - Action

According to the document, as long as Weinstein pays it constitutes a 'cure' for any misconduct and no further action can or will be taken.

In more simple terms, that means that no matter how many times he is sued - as long as he is willing to pay he won't be fired.

Weinstein - Crime - Contract - Language - Board

If Weinstein were to ever be indicted for a crime the contract contains language that would allow the Board of Directors to fire him.

He can also be fired for 'the perpetuation by...
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