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Thursday, October 12, 2017 

Harvey Weinstein's got a long list of allegations against him

The movie mogul's been suffering serious fallout after the all the accusations of sexual harassment, and even rape, as some newer reports have stated. The New Yorker wrote all about Weinstein's huge laundry list. There's at least one unfortunate attempt to inject Donald Trump into this - apparently, the reporter couldn't resist a bias - but aside from that, it's clear Weinstein's as bad as Bill Cosby sadly turned out to be. The beginning has a very eyebrow-raising detail:
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. Weinstein combined a keen eye for promising scripts, directors, and actors with a bullying, even threatening, style of doing business, inspiring both fear and gratitude. His movies have earned more than three hundred Oscar nominations, and, at the annual awards ceremonies, he has been thanked more than almost anyone else in movie history, just after Steven Spielberg and right before God.
Yep, he was a boilerplate Democrat supporter. Somehow, it just totally figures.
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, but previous attempts by many publications, including The New Yorker, to investigate and publish the story over the years fell short of the demands of journalistic evidence. Too few people were willing to speak, much less allow a reporter to use their names, and Weinstein and his associates used nondisclosure agreements, monetary payoffs, and legal threats to suppress these myriad stories. Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, told me that she did not speak out until now—Weinstein, she told me, forcibly performed oral sex on her—because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento said. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old; some of them are older—has never come out.”

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.
So he even had an entirely male board of directors. That just demonstrates how bad male dominance still is in Hollywood, though obviously, there are women executives who've failed to protest the behavior of awful men like Weinstein.

Anyway, it looks like his career is finally destroyed, and he'll be run out of town, though unfortunately, there's still plenty of other creeps in Hollywood who may never be punished for their own deviations from humanity.

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