Harvey Weinstein: couldn’t be more thrilled at Tonys
8 June, 2015
Harvey Weinstein, shut out of the Tony nominations with Finding Nerverland awarded June 7 hosted a private cocktail party at the Lotos Club for “New York influentials.” Weinstein and his gorgeous designer wife greeted a handful of guests inside the book-lined second-floor library of the exclusive Upper East Side mansion, which operates a members-only club. The drinks do was at the request of Moscow-born 35-year-old businessman Evgeny Lebedev – The Lebedev tycoons, former KGB agent Alexander, age 55, and his socialite son Evgeny, own The Evening Standard and The Independent in the U.K.
“With 27 nominations today for Fun Home, The Elephant Man, The Audience and Wolf Hall, shows that we either co-invested or co-produced, we couldn’t be more thrilled.” The prolific producer was a frequent punchline throughout the 2015 Tony Awards,
[June 2 the Astaire Award for Dance]
Harvey Weinstein received the Astaire Award last night. “Finding Neverland” choreographer Mia Michaels presented it to him and called Weinstein her “bad ass big brother.” Weinstein pointed out that “Neverland” got no Tony nominations (ridiculous, in my opinion) but continues to make over $1 million a week. He said, of Michaels, “We need new voices on Broadway.” He added: “We need guys like me on Broadway.” There was a lot of applause.
[April 11 no action on the available evidence]
Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance has said it won’t pursue legal action after the model, 22-year-old Ambra Battilana, accused Weinstein of groping her and putting a hand under her skirt in a meeting at his downtown Manhattan office two weeks ago.“This case was taken seriously from the outset, with a thorough investigation conducted by our Sex Crimes Unit,” said Joan Vollero, a spokeswoman at Vance’s office. She added: “After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.” the common knowledge
[March 31 Silvio Berlusconi and Harvey Weinstein both touched up by same young woman]
Harvey Weinstein, 63, was questioned by the NYPD over the alleged fondling of Italian Ambra Battilana.
During cross-examining at the trial of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi , it was revealed that Ambra Battilana,sued a 70-year old businessman for sexual assault. The man admitted to a relationship but considered it consensual, counter-claiming that he instead paid her handsomely with jewels, a car and when she was a contestant in the Miss Italy pageant. The unnamed man, referred to as Mr. G. in the Italian press, told Il Giornale, owned by Berlusconi’s family, that he suspected Battilana had become a “jolly” for the prosecutor, effectively accusing her of turning states evidence to avoid charges. She denied those claims.
Weinstein’s meeting, arranged by email exchange, was at the offices of the Weinstein Company in Tribeca, at 6pm on March 27. Weinstein met her March 26 at his New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
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[July 20 2010 Bob and Harvey Weinstein restructure debt]
The Weinstein Co. has struck a deal to restructure its debt. The settlement calls for the New York studio, run by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, to turn over about 200 titles from its catalog to Goldman Sachs and insurance company Assured Guarantee, which were owed $450 million as part of a $1.2-billion financing package the investment bank arranged for Weinstein Co. when it launched in 2005, The movies handed over by Weinstein Co., which include the 2007 remake of “Halloween,” and the 2008 Woody Allen comedy “Vicky Christina Barcelona,” are estimated to be worth at least $233 million in future revenue.Under the settlement, insurance company Ambac, which insured $500 million of Weinstein Co.’s debt, will pay $115 million to Goldman Sachs and Assured. The deal wipes out the studio’s debt and gives it the opportunity to continue producing and releasing movies.