All The Harvey Weinstein News You Don't Want To Miss
In the wake of 40+ women sharing their stories of sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, there’s been a flood of news. So here’s our round-up.
Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o wrote an incredible essay about her history with Weinstein, swiftly distilling his heinous M.O. of grooming actresses to concede to his demands, and luring them to his lair by creating a sense of safety by initially having others present, including his young children. It’s both infuriating (because he’s beyond vile) and inspiring (because Nyong’o is brave, and stubborn in the best way).(NYT)
Culture writer Bim Adewunmi explored what the Weinstein scandal says about race in Hollywood, and how Black actresses were not as often targeted by the notorious producer, but were impacted all the same. (Buzzfeed)
In a Facebook post he later made private, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, Beautiful Girls) wrote in part, “Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing: Everybody-fucking-knew. And do you know how I am sure this is true? Because I was there. And I saw you. And I talked about it with you. You, the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers.” (Vulture)
Quentin Tarantino, who was dating Mira Sorvino at the time of her wretched run-in with Weinstein, opened up about what he knew and what he chose to ignore. “What I did was marginalize the incidents, anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse.” (NYT)
Since accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape, Italian actress/filmmaker Asia Argento has been forced to leave her homeland, as public opinion there has ganged up to attack her character, and suggest maybe Weinstein is the real victim. (Women of the World)
A group of The Weinstein Company staffers released a statement claiming essentially they knew Harvey to be a womanizer and a bully, but did not realize he is a rapist. (The New Yorker)
The Weinstein Company’s employees are also asking to be released from the terms of their nondisclosure agreements so they might “speak openly, and get to the origins of what happened here, and how.” (Vulture)
Los Angeles Police are now investigating a rape allegation against Weinstein. The unnamed victim said the crime occurred in 2013 in an LA hotel room. This is the third known investigation regarding the Weinstein scandal. Others are open in New York and London. (Buzzfeed, NYT)
After enraging many with her problematic AF op-ed, Mayim Bialik issued a full apology.
Remember how Weinstein went to Europe to treat his so-called sex addiction? As if his history of abuse was about sex and not a dangerous need to dominate? Well, it’s not going great. He’s reportedly sleeping a lot and telling his peers that there’s a conspiracy against him. (Vulture)
Meanwhile, Weinstein has been booted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which throws the Oscars. And that’s got people wondering if there might be similar actions taken against other alleged rapists in their membership, specifically Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, and Woody Allen. (Mashable, Newsweek)
Weinstein’s accusers have inspired other women to speak out about sexual harassment, and public pressure is pushing companies to actually oust offenders. Loud House creator Chris Savino was canned from Nickelodeon after 12 women united and came forward about his “sexual harassment, unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior as well as threats of blacklisting female colleagues who were no longer in consensual relationships with him.” (THR)
The Man in the High Castle executive producer Isa Hackett publicly accused Amazon Studios exec Roy Price of sexual harassment, which led to the streaming studio suspending him on October 13th. (Notably they ignored it when she first made the complaint in 2015.) On the 17th, Price resigned. (The Verge)
Others hope the next front of this fight against predatory behavior in Hollywood will be against the long rumored child sex rings, of which Corey Feldman has been declaring to be a victim for years. This could be bad news for a certain big name director. (The Daily Beast, Hornet)
Others are hopeful this emerging atmosphere of openness and potential change will carry women and their allies to take on the next big front against sexual harassment and assault: President Donald Trump. (NYT)
Lastly, a message for all men: you are not the weather. (WaPo)
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