Harvey Weinstein accused of sexual harassment from famous actress and young assistants

Amid the accusations, Weinstein plans to take a leave of absence to "deal with this issue head on."
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Transcript for Harvey Weinstein accused of sexual harassment from famous actress and young assistants
powerful figures in Hollywood. Several allegations of sexual harassment against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Tonight here, his response. Here's ABC's linsey Davis now. Reporter: Explosive new allegations tonight from "The New York Times" about Harvey Weinstein, the studio exec known for producing blockbuster movies like goodwill hunting, pulp fiction and silver linings playbook. Because I'm so much crazier than you. Keep Europe voice down. Reporter: He's been lauded repeatedly, by male and female Oscar winners alike. Harvey Weinstein, who believed in us. Reporter: Now Weinstein says he is planning to take a leave of absence to "Deal with this issue head on." "The New York Times" describes several sexual harassment accusations, including from actress Ashley Judd, who told "Variety" back in 2015, "I was sexually harassed by one of our industry's most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses." She did not n!me him at the time, but "Variety" describes how he "Kept summoning her to his hotel room under the pretense of talking about roles in his movies" and "Tried to get Judd to watch him take a shower." According to "The New York Times," Weinstein reached settlements with at least eight women. In response to the allegations, Weinstein said in a statement "I came of age in the '60s and '70s when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot ofain, and I sincerely apologize for it." Attorney Lisa bloom, daughter of feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, is advising Weinstein and released a statement calling him "An old dinosaur learning new ways." But also says, "He denies many of the accusations as patently false." Weinstein's lawyer tells ABC news they plan to sue "The new York Times," saying the story is saturated with false and defamatory statements. "The New York Times" says they are confident in their reporting. David? Linsey Davis, thank you.

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