Actor Romola Garai speaks of 'humiliating' encounter with Harvey Weinstein

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Harvey Weinstein tried every trick in the book to prevent his sexual harassment allegations from coming to light.

On Sunday, the board of directors of the Weinstein Co. fired Weinstein, four days after a New York Times investigation uncovered accusations of rampant sexual harassment and at least eight settlements paid to women. NPR's Andrew Limbong reports.

He and his brother Bob are co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company after they left Miramax. That didn't fly. Since Thursday, more women came forward. Weinstein believed the board members would effectively "destroy the company" by terminating him, which they did within hours. Lanny Davis, a former White House special counsel and partner at several Am Law 100 firms, had also resigned from Weinstein's legal team. Kim Masters is editor-at-large at the Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW's The Business.

KIM MASTERS: Once this started, you kind of knew there was going to be more and more and more.

The "casting couch" is part of Hollywood legend and undoubtedly has some truth to it, but Mr. Weinstein's misuse of his power goes far beyond a few isolated instances of salacious opportunism.

"I knew he was a major advertiser in the Times", wrote Waxman.

"I see this as a tipping point", Ms Jenni Konner, executive producer of HBO series Girls, said on Sunday.

In a statement released to Variety magazine, Kate Winslet said: "The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well-regarded film producers is incredibly courageous and has been deeply shocking to hear".

Garai claims that once she was in the room with Weinstein she simply sat on a chair and had a conversation with him about the role, but still felt "humiliated" by the experience.

MASTERS: But I will say that he did not seem shocked at all. And that creates vulnerability.

The insider, who was not authorised to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the name change is expected to take some time, but "it will happen". It's pretty toxic right now to even say Weinstein.

Unlike many Hollywood stars and celebs, Karan did not condemn the 65-year-old, who has been accused of sexually harassing multiple woman over the span of decades, and instead pointed the finger at his accusers. Why is it always this? He added: "I want a second chance in the community but I know I've got work to do to earn it". You don't owe it to yourself. "But you can stop kissing up to me for forgetting to thank me at the Oscars". It accomplished the rare feat of winning back-to-back best picture Academy Awards with The King's Speech and The Artist.

She said: "One thing can be clarified".

The legendary producer was the subject of a number of allegations - including from film star Ashley Judd - published in the New York Times.

One of the most high-profile male actors in Hollywood has broken the general silence from the demographic regarding the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein - George Clooney called Weinstein's actions indefensible in an interview with The Daily Beast.