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The ‘Harvey Effect’ Takes Down Leon Wieseltier's Magazine

The legendary intellectual’s fledgling publication, set to launch this month, is being suspended amid allegations of past workplace misconduct.
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The spell of sexual harassment accusations against powerful men in Hollywood and media intensified on Tuesday with allegations of “workplace misconduct” against Leon Wieseltier, the legendary former literary editor of The New Republic, a contributing editor to The Atlantic, and a long-time fixture in Washington and New York City social circles.

“For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness,” Wieseltier said in a statement, first reported by Politico. “The women with whom I worked are smart and good people. I am ashamed to know that I made any of them feel demeaned and disrespected. I assure them that I will not waste this reckoning.” Wieseltier has not yet responded to my request for an interview.

The episode swiftly halted the publication of Wieseltier’s previously forthcoming culture magazine, which was set to launch at the end

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