Weinstein Company says in talks to sell movie studio



The Weinstein Company announced Monday that Colony Capital had agreed to provide the scandal-plagued studio with financing and that the two parties were in talks on a potential sale.

The deal means an "immediate cash infusion" into the Weinstein Company and a "potential sale of all or a significant portion of the Company's assets," the company said in a statement.

The company fired co-founder Harvey Weinstein earlier this month following numerous accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Since that time, questions have swirled around whether the enterprise, started by Harvey and his brother Bob, could survive the disgraced exit of one of its co-founders.

"On behalf of the board, we are pleased to announce this agreement and potential strategic partnership with Colony Capital," said Weinstein Company board member Tarak Ben Ammar.

Tom Barrack, chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, speaks at the Chairman's Global Dinner in Washington DC, US in January, 2017. /Photo via Daily Mail

Colony Capital is led by Thomas Barrack, a longtime friend of US President Donald Trump who informally advises the US president.

"We are pleased to invest in The Weinstein Company and to help it move forward," Barrack said.

"We believe the Company has substantial value and growth potential," he said.

"We will help return the Company to its rightful iconic position in the independent film and television industry."

The Weinstein company has been in free fall following revelations that he assaulted or harassed more than two dozen women in the movie industry, including major stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd.

On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled Weinstein. French President Emmanuel Macron has also asked officials to strip Weinstein of the prestigious Legion of Honor award.