Amid Growing Scandal, The Weinstein Company Withdraws From LGBT Film Awards

"We do not want to overshadow the extraordinary achievements of the other honorees."

As the accusations against Harvey Weinstein continue to mount, his former production and distribution outfit, the Weinstein Company, has quietly pulled out of Outfest’s Legacy Awards, where it was to be honored for its history of LGBT-inclusive films.

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With Weinstein ousted and facing charges of rape and sexual harassment, the company has declined to accept the Corporate Trailblazer Award offered in honor of “innovative portrayal of the LGBT community in such films as Carol, The Imitation Game, Philomena, Bully, A Single Man, 3 Generations, and Transamerica.”

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“Because we wholeheartedly support Outfest and its mission to preserve LGBTQ cinema, we have decided to withdraw from The Legacy Award at this time,” the Weinstein Company said in a statement.

“We do not want to overshadow the extraordinary achievements of the other honorees.”

In response, Outfest executive director Christopher Racster said the festival “has always stood for the dignity of each human being.”

“Our programs—both on the screen and behind it—are about creating the change we want to see in the world where everyone is treated fairly, respectfully, and equally under the law.”

The October 22 event will go on with Laverne Cox and Rita Moreno honored as planned. The Legacy Awards benefit the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the largest publicly accessible collection of LGBT films in the world.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.