In the Heights creators call on Weinstein Co. to drop movie musical

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Amid the growing Harvey Weinstein scandal, Lin-Manuel-Miranda and playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes are calling on The Weinstein Co.to let them take the film adaptation of their Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights elsewhere. Today he tweeted his support for her call on TWC to "allow us to extricate In the Heights" from the company.

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Hudes wrote the book for the 2008 musical, while Miranda composed the music and lyrics.

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"Harvey Weinstein's sexual predation is despicable enough, but combined with his staggering power it's insidious, even devilish", Hudes, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her 2012 play Water By The Spoonful, wrote in a social media post today (read it below). Insiders say numerous parties who have movies and television shows at TWC are anxious that the venture is tarnished beyond fix following publication of stories in The New York Times and The New Yorker detailing allegations of sexual assault, rape and sexual harassment on the part of the larger-than-life mogul. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. "Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance". However, Bob Weinstein released a statement following the Journal story that "business is continuing as usual". He built an empire on this. I have friends, I have a mom, I am a woman. He had powerful enablers in his community and at the top tier of the criminal justice system.

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