Numerous Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct by Democratic Party Backer Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein
I have a difficult time taking liberals and Democrats seriously when they talk about things such as being against sexism, supporting women, inclusion, and tolerance, when I note most of them seldom speak out against sexism against women when it is committed by liberal or Democrat men, or any of their other favorite groups, as in this case.
Many women – both famous and not, ranging from staff members to movie stars – have come forward the past few days to say that they were raped, groped, or sexually harassed by movie producer Harvey Weinstein, in incidents that took place over a two decade or more time frame.
The news media colluded with Weistein to cover up the charges of sexual misconduct, and the New York Police and D.A. were too inept or unwilling to press criminal charges against Weinstein.
Since these stories about Weinstein broke, other actors and actresses are saying they were groped or sexually abused by other powerful people in the entertainment industry, such as this story.
I find it very obnoxious that a lot of these liberal celebrities or others affiliated with Hollywood like to sit around condemning rank and file, middle class Americans for our perceived shortcomings, or for being conservative or Republican, and they say we are all sexist, yet they themselves abuse women or cover-up sexism.
I’ll either keep updating this post to add new links as more aspects of this story come to light, or I may make a part 2 in the future.
Here are links to news stories about all this (and new headlines are being published every minute, making this a difficult story to keep up with):
Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades – New York Times, October 5, 2017
Update: The Weinstein Company’s board has fired Harvey Weinsteinafter reports of sexual harassment complaints against him. Find more coverage here.
…An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.
…Dozens of Mr. Weinstein’s former and current employees, from assistants to top executives, said they knew of inappropriate conduct while they worked for him. Only a handful said they ever confronted him.
Mr. Weinstein enforced a code of silence; employees of the Weinstein Company have contracts saying they will not criticize it or its leaders in a way that could harm its “business reputation” or “any employee’s personal reputation,” a recent document shows. And most of the women accepting payouts agreed to confidentiality clauses prohibiting them from speaking about the deals or the events that led to them.
6 BRUTAL LESSONS FROM THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN SCANDAL by Christian Toto
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct toward women spanning decades. Newly detailed allegations include rape, harassment and assault.
Actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the women who have spoken publicly about alleged incidents involving Weinstein.
by Ronan Farrow
Multiple women share harrowing accounts of sexual assault and harassment by the film executive.
Since the establishment of the first studios a century ago, there have been few movie executives as dominant, or as domineering, as Harvey Weinstein. As the co-founder of the production-and-distribution companies Miramax and the Weinstein Company, he helped to reinvent the model for independent films, with movies such as “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Crying Game,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “The King’s Speech.” Beyond Hollywood, he has exercised his influence as a prolific fund-raiser for Democratic Party candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
For more than twenty years, Weinstein has also been trailed by rumors of sexual harassment and assault. This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond…
Last week, the New York Times, in a powerful report by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, revealed multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein, a story that led to the resignation of four members of his company’s all-male board, and to Weinstein’s firing from the company.
The story, however, is more complex, and there is more to know and to understand.
by Maureen Callahan
…Monday morning — five days after the New York Times exposé and hours after Weinstein was fired from his company — Meryl Streep, Hollywood’s grande dame, issued a statement.
“Not everybody knew,” Streep said in part. “I didn’t know.” She called Weinstein’s alleged behavior “disgraceful” and “appalling.”
“And if everybody knew,” she continued, “I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.”
That last claim isn’t just unfair; it’s incorrect. In the wake of Thursday’s exposé, multiple high-profile journalists reported their own attempts over decades to break the story.
On The Cut, Rebecca Traister wrote that in 2000, while covering a pre-election party Weinstein was throwing, Weinstein called her a “c–t” in response to a question he didn’t like, then threw another reporter down a flight of stairs and dragged him outside in a headlock.
Such was Weinstein’s power, Traister wrote, that no other reporters covered the incident and no photos ever appeared.
Veteran Hollywood reporter Kim Masters wrote that she had a confrontation with Weinstein over this very issue 20 years ago. Sharon Waxman wrote that she tried to break the story in 2004, but after pressure from Weinstein and calls from defenders Russell Crowe and Matt Damon, the Times softened and buried it.
….It’s precisely this sliding scale of moral outrage — no behavior is that bad if it’s our guy doing it — that alienates middle America, red-state America, from Hollywood.
Awards show ratings have been on the decline since 2014, partly because no one wants to hear lectures from the hypocritical Hollywood elite — defenders of Woody Allen and Roman Polanski — on how to live, whom to vote for, what to believe.
Hollywood has no problem weaponizing itself as a single organism against people, ideas and causes the community deems unimpeachable: gun control, immigration, the Republican Party, the removal of Donald Trump.
Not so when it comes to one of its own. Doubt over Weinstein’s guilt isn’t the animating factor; as Brooks Barnes reported in the Times, Weinstein’s been the main topic of industry conversation, but few want to speak up.
“There is still a lot of fear,” Variety editor Claudia Eller said. “Is Harvey really done?”
Actress Rose McGowan, who reached a settlement with Weinstein after a 1997 “incident,” took to Twitter.
“Ladies of Hollywood,” she wrote, “your silence is deafening.”
What’s more ripe for satire than a grossly overweight, pockmarked bully calling one slender actress a “fat pig” while chasing unwilling starlets around hotel rooms? Yet this weekend “Saturday Night Live” — revived by mocking Donald Trump weekly — avoided Weinstein altogether. Lorne Michaels admitted he killed related jokes after dress rehearsal. “It’s a New York thing,” he said.
A “New York thing” making global headlines.
At January’s Golden Globes, Streep made a full-throated and fair denunciation of Trump.“There was one performance this year that stunned me . . . It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”
Sounds all too familiar — but by the time awards season rolls around, who really thinks Weinstein gets his? Just look at late-night talk shows, which tackle Trump with ferocity; aside from John Oliver, not one host has addressed Weinstein’s bullying and sexual predation on air.
October 10, 2017
by Brent Lang and Gene Maddus
Over the course of five days, Harvey Weinstein went from a powerhouse player to a Hollywood pariah. His career is in tatters, and the company he co-founded has been wrested from his control following the Oct. 5 publication of a New York Times exposé featuring multiple on-the-record interviews with women accusing him of sexual harassment that occurred over three decades.
by Valerie Richardson
An entertainment insider who played heavily in politics, [movie producer] Mr. Weinstein has managed to taint them both with a scandal that has contributed to the perception that neither Democrats nor Hollywood has walked the talk on sexual harassment.
Despite efforts by celebrities and Democrats to champion women, the shocking sexual misconduct reports have dredged up reminders of the Hollywood casting couch as well as the party’s blind eye to the sexual lapses of top Democrats, starting with former President Bill Clinton.
The timing could hardly be worse. Both Democrats and entertainers are scrambling to disassociate themselves from Mr. Weinstein as the party seeks to overcome its disastrous election losses last year and Hollywood struggles with its worst summer box office in 25 years.
by Edward Morissey
For more than 25 years, Harvey Weinstein was a prolific fundraiser for the Democratic Party leadership.
When the time came for that leadership to respond to a flurry of allegations of sexual assault and harassment by Weinstein, it became apparent that either Weinstein had invested poorly — or all too well.
The New York Times ran its first exposé on the disgraced Hollywood mogul at the end of a $2.2 million run of personal and bundled political donations, which made Weinstein a very familiar and popular figure among Democrats.
…Weinstein paid even more special attention to the very top. He donated to both Bill and Hillary Clinton repeatedly during the Clinton presidency, helping to launch the first lady’s political career in her first run for office
…Weinstein also strongly backed Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, helping to rally Hollywood again to Obama’s side in 2012.
…Weinstein had indisputably ingratiated himself into the highest levels of Democratic power.
Perhaps that’s why, when it all came crashing down, the two most prominent leaders of the Democratic Party over the last decade froze like deer in the headlights.
…And yet, for five days [after news of the accusations against Weinstein broke], Hillary [Clinton, former 2016 Presidential candidate] went AWOL on a scandal that clearly relates to her claim in What Happened that endemic misogyny and sexism cost her the election.
On Monday, despite four days to prepare to speak about the Weinstein scandal and 90 minutes of time on stage, Clinton talked to UC Davis students about Trump, global warming, and the NFL protests — without ever mentioning Weinstein.
…It appears that both Obama and Clinton hoped to skate past a moment of outrage without alienating a formerly powerful Hollywood ally, which demonstrates just how beholden the entire party has become to the entertainment industry for their cash and star power.
…TheWrap founder claimed she also “tracked down a woman in London who had been paid off after an unwanted sexual encounter with Weinstein” but was called directly by Weinstein associates such as Matt Damon and Russell Crowe to vouch for Lombardo. In addition, Waxman reported that Weinstein even visited the Times’ newsroom personally to express displeasure at the story she was working on and the story was gutted after he spoke with people above her head at the paper.
Damon’s and Crowe’s reps did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
“The story was stripped of any reference to sexual favors or coercion and buried on the inside of the Culture section, an obscure story about Miramax firing an Italian executive,” Waxman wrote. “Who cared?”
It’s nearly impossible to believe the big stars who say they didn’t know about Harvey Weinstein’s revolting acts.
…How can Clooney, Meryl Streep, and their peers continue to claim America’s moral high ground when they simply shrugged at what was going on with their pal Harvey Weinstein?
…Their excuse — “We didn’t know” — doesn’t cut it. Clooney’s Ocean’s Eleven-Twelve-Thirteen costar Brad Pitt knew very well what Harvey Weinstein was up to. Pitt had once threatened to give Weinstein a “Missouri whooping” after the producer sexually harassed his then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow in the 1990s. All of those months the pair spent on sets together, they never thought to compare notes on Weinstein’s behavior?
Oct 11, 2017
by Eddie Scarry
NBC News has yet to officially publicly address growing criticism that the network intentionally spiked a story that could have broke open thesexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
An NBC spokesperson on Wednesday did not return a request for comment or statement from the Washington Examiner.
After journalist Ronan Farrow, a former NBC employee and MSNBC anchor, published his own story about the scandal in New Yorker magazine, some wondered why NBC — to which Farrow said he first offered the story — did not run it itself.
…Farrow’s story featured other alleged victims of Weinstein’s abuse and came with a 2015 audio recording of Weinstein apparently admitting to having groped one model.
Farrow appeared Tuesday night on MSNBC’s “Maddow” and host Rachel Maddow asked why he published the story with the New Yorker rather than NBC.
“You would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details of that story,” he said. “I’m not going to comment on any news organization’s story that they did or didn’t run.”
He added, “there are now reports emerging publicly about the kinds of pressure that news organizations face in this [scandal], and that is real.”
Lucia Evans told The New Yorker that Weinstein exposed himself and pushed her head into his lap during a solo meeting at the old Miramax office in 2004.
“He forced me to perform oral sex on him,” she said.
“If the allegations are true … they would support a prosecution for criminal sexual act in the first degree,” said Daniel Alonso, a former top prosecutor with the Manhattan DA’s Office. A conviction on the charge carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
Misdemeanor charges of sex abuse, sexual misconduct and forcible touching would have also likely been tacked on if he committed the act more recently.
And Weinstein could still be probed over allegations of “rape” by an unidentified employee, who claimed he “forced himself on me sexually.”
Weinstein used the media like a bludgeon to keep his alleged victims in line, by many accounts. He did it skillfully — and with plenty of help.
“Harvey could spin — or suppress — anything; there were so many journalists on his payroll, working as consultants on movie projects, or as screenwriters, or for his magazine,” Rebecca Traister wrote last week in New York magazine’s the Cut about an altercation in 2000 with Weinstein.
One technique: Supplying information that would drag an accuser’s name through the mud.
Louisette Geiss — a former actress and screenplay writer with credits on “Two and a Half Men” and “The Drew Carey Show” — came forward Tuesday with the new accusations as she was flanked by her attorney, Gloria Allred. Geiss joined a score of women who have spoken against the former studio exec, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd.
Based upon what I’m seeing about Weinstein, he needs to be in jail, not a “rehab facility” for “sex addiction…”
Now try to reconcile all of that over 20 years next to these denials from various people in Hollywood and in the media that they knew nothing about this.
If these charges are true, and Weinstein has not denied all of them, he was a full-blown serial predator allowed to go about his business of racking up victims thanks to a culture of enablers, a Hollywood culture of enablers.
Are we supposed to believe the Disney Company knew nothing. Disney owned Miramax for more than ten years while Weinstein and his brother ran it. Disney did not know about the payoffs? The rumors?
Are we supposed to believe Brother Bob knew nothing? That the Weinstein Company board knew nothing?
…Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino claim Weinstein harassed her but again reveals that the mogul’s alleged sexual misconduct was not a secret:
Sorvino said that she struggled for years with whether to come forward with her story, partly because she was aware that it was mild compared to the experiences of other women, including another actress she spoke to at the time. (That actress told me that she locked herself in a hotel bathroom to escape Weinstein, and that he masturbated in front of her. She said it was “a classic case” of “someone not understanding the word ‘no’. . . I must have said no a thousand times.”)
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, whose habitual mistreatment of women was publicly revealed last week, once claimed: “Hollywood has the best moral compass.”
In 2009, Weinstein circulated a petition demanding the release from detention in Switzerland of Roman Polanski, who pleaded guilty to the rape of a 13-year-old girl in the late 1970s. “We are calling every filmmaker we can to help fix this terrible situation,” Weinstein said at the time.
Articles are saying Weinstein could have his Oscar taken away:
Actors and Actresses and Famous Personalities Comment on Weinstein
…In recent days, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Emmy Rossum, Viola Davis and Michael Keaton have also spoken out against Weinstein.
The star of the upcoming Weinstein Co. film ‘The Current War’ called out the ousted producer following the bevy of sexual harassment accusations against the former Hollywood mogul.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars in the upcoming Weinstein Co.-produced Thomas Edison film The Current War, has spoken out against Harvey Weinstein amid a growing list of sexual harassment allegations against the now-ousted producer.
“I am utterly disgusted by the continuing revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s horrifying and unforgivable actions,” Cumberbatch said Tuesday in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
“We need to collectively stand up and support victims of abuse such as the brave and inspiring women who have spoken out against him and say we hear you and believe you. That way others may be emboldened by our support to come forward and speak. But we shouldn’t wait until there are any more stories like this. We, as an industry and as a society at large, need to play our part. There has to be zero tolerance of any such behavior in any walk of life. We owe that to these women’s bravery in coming forward.”
What planet is she on (referring to Lindsay Lohan)? How many women have to step forward with stories of sexual harassment by the same guy before she’ll consider they’re telling the truth?
It didn’t seem possible to defend alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. But Lindsay Lohan is doing just that.
In two now deleted Instagram videos yesterday, the actress explained, “I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now. I don’t think it’s right what’s going on. I think Georgina [Chapman] needs to take a stand and be there for her husband. And he’s never harmed me or done anything to me, we’ve done several movies together. And I think everyone needs to stop. I think it’s wrong. So stand up.”
In the second video, she typed “Harvey” on her story and posted an angel emoji.
While Rose McGowan tweeted, “Please go easy on Lindsay Lohan. Being a child actor turned sex symbol twists the brain in ways you can’t comprehend,” the media was quick to condemn the addiction-plagued movie star for her words. Her statement essentially attempted to discredit the allegations of all the victims that have spoken out against Weinstein.
French actress Lea Seydoux — known for roles in films such as Blue is the Warmest Color and opposite Daniel Craig in Spectre — has added her name to the growing list of women who’ve accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Marchesa fashion designer Georgina Chapman is leaving her husband, Harvey Weinstein, after numerous women have come forward about his inappropriate behavior and sexual misconduct.
…Hours before Chapman made the announcement of her decision, several more women — including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie — spoke on the record about facing sexual harassment from Weinstein after two bombshell investigative reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker detailed numerous sexual assault and rape allegations leveled against the disgraced movie mogul.
Paltrow recalled being in fear of losing a role after rejecting sexual advances from Weinstein early in her career, and Jolie told the Times that she had a “bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did.”
Oct 11, 2017, Wednesday
On Sunday, Karan pondered what part women play in how they are treated.
“To see it here in our own country is very difficult, but I also think, how do we display ourselves?” Karan said to a reporter from the Daily Mail. “How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?”
A day later, Karan took back those words, saying, “My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein.”
The actress-writer-director has been outspoken about the Weinstein Co. founder and the women who’ve accused him of harassment.
Lena Dunham has been outspoken on Twitter about the Harvey Weinstein scandal since last week’s New York Times exposé, revealing that Weinstein faced decades of sexual-harassment allegations.
The writer-director elaborated on her thoughts on the scandal via a New York Timesop-ed that was published late Monday, one day before a second exposé, alleging more disturbing behavior, including rape, from Weinstein, was published by The New Yorker.
Dunham writes that like many in Hollywood she’d, “heard the rumors” about Weinstein’s bad behavior but still chose to participate in a 2016 benefit for Hillary Clinton organized by The Weinstein Co.
Oct 12, 2017 Updates…
Rose McGowan is claiming that Amazon optioned a television series from her only to kill it while still in development after she voiced her concern about a possible move the company was making to bailout ‘Weinstein.’
…That ‘dirty Oscar’ [McGowan referred to] seems to be a reference to Casey Affleck’s Best Actor win for ‘Manchester by the Sea’ earlier this year, an award that Ben’s younger brother took home despite two women accusing him of sexual harassment.
Oct 12, 2017
-Movie mogul [Weinstein] has faced an avalanche of claims of sexual impropriety this week
-It emerged today that an allegation of sexual assault has been made to UK police
-The claim to police relates to an alleged sex attack in London in the 1980s
-New York police are also examining whether any historic claims have been made
Film producer Harvey Weinstein propositioned the TV presenter with a ‘confidentiality agreement’ in a bid to bed and silence her
The disgusted TV presenter, then 32, immediately declined the offer, telling Weinstein to “f*** off” during a film festival lunch at Cannes in 2010.
The married movie mogul assumed the TV presenter would sleep with him — and wanted to silence her with a “confidentiality agreement”.
Instead Myleene fled their lunch meeting at a restaurant in Cannes feeling “disgusted and angry”.
by Emily Crane, Oct 12, 2017
-The Weinstein Company board were apparently made aware in 2015 of some of the payments made to women harassed by Harvey Weinstein
-Internal documents obtained by the New York Times supposedly proves they were aware of at least some of the payouts
But by all accounts, it appears Weinstein’s predatory nature was well-known in Hollywood. They even made light of it in the public eye.
…In spite of the industry rushing to repudiate Weinstein, the moral stain of allowing him to prey on young women for years can’t be wiped away with one press statement calling the movie mogul repulsive.
Hollywood enabled Weinstein, celebrated him and laughed about his harassment for years. It’s likely that his predatory behavior is normal for the business, as Corey Feldman and Elijah Wood have alleged.
This likelihood undermines entertainment elites’ greatest aspiration: lecturing the rest of the country on moral and political issues.
“I had two Peninsula Hotel meetings in the evening with Harvey and all I remember was I ducked, dived and ultimately got out of there,” said the actress.
Claire Forlani has shared her experience of meeting with Harvey Weinstein, and said that she “escaped five times.”
….. May 2018 Updates
NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein entered a plea of not guilty Friday to rape and other charges from encounters with two women, his attorney said. The former powerhouse movie producer stared grimly as he appeared in a Manhattan court.
Seven months after the allegations destroyed his career and catalyzed the #MeToo movement, Weinstein turned himself in to face the charges, which stem from encounters with two of the dozens who have accused him of sexual misdeeds ranging from harassment to assault.
… Weinstein was released on $1 million bail, with constant electronic monitoring and a ban on traveling beyond New York and Connecticut. He left through a courthouse back door.
He has until Wednesday to decide whether to testify before a grand jury.
by Jayme Deerwester and Erin Jensen, USA TODAY
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been released on $1 million bail, following his arraignment Friday.
He was charged in Manhattan court with rape, criminal sex act and other sex charges stemming from encounters with two women.
Accused by more than 80 women, Weinstein surrendered to the New York Police Department and Manhattan District Attorney’s office Friday morning.
At the arraignment, Weinstein agreed to wear an electronic monitoring device, paid for at his own expense.