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Pulitzer Prize victor Quiara Alegría Hudes, who penned the book of In the Heights, took to Twitter to urge the Weinstein Company to drop the film rights to the Tony-winning musical she co-authored with Lin-Manuel Miranda. I hope The Weinstein Co. has enough grace, in the wake of these revelations, to respect my stand as a woman, and to allow us to extricate In the Heights from them.

"As a woman, I can no longer do business with The Weinstein Company", Hudes said as part of a lengthy Twitter post. Now Hudes and Miranda want out. "To those women who suffered directly at Harvey's hands, I extend my sincerest compassion and support". The film version is now in the pre-production stage with a screenplay penned by Hudes and the involvement of Miranda and stage producer Scott Sanders.

Hamilton creator Miranda - who wrote the music and lyrics for the 2016 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical - then tweeted his support, saying: "As usual, Quiara does the prose the best". Universal Pictures had been developing a film adaptation of In the Heights before The Weinstein Co. announced production a year ago. 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 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". The request comes in the week following an increasing series of sexual assault and harassment allegations against film and Broadway producer Harvey Weinstein. "Decades. He thrived on this". Forget the platitudes about "I have a daughter' (which I do)".

She continued, "Harvey did not act alone. I hope there is an ethical investigation into Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance's role in enabling Harvey Weinstein's [alleged] illegal behavior".

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