Almost three decades ago, a Miramax staffer told her boss that Harvey Weinstein had walked into her bedroom naked.
Oscar-nominated producer Elizabeth Karlsen, who worked on movies including “Carol” and “The Crying Game,” said a young executive told her in the late 1980s or early ‘90s that Weinstein had “appeared naked in her bedroom.”
The staffer’s room was in a house in London that Miramax was renting to save costs, she said.
“I don’t know the extent of what did happen, but there was an out-of-court settlement and she left the company,” Karlsen told the Hollywood Reporter.
The report comes days after an explosive New York Times article about a history of sexual harassment dating back decades from the head of Weinstein Co.
Accusations came from Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and other women who have not yet been named.
Late Sunday night, Weinstein was fired by his board of directors.
“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company – Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” the company said in a statement.
Karlsen said Weinstein’s behavior was allowed to go on for so long because of a “culture of fear.”
“”We all have to ask ourselves – those of us who knew – why do we feel unable and unempowered to do something?” she said to the Hollywood Reporter.
“And I think the answers are very complicated and have to do with power structure as a whole in society and women’s place in it.”