Harvey Weinstein has produced Pulp Fiction, The Kings Speech, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, Django Unchained, Gangs of New York and Shakespeare in Love to name a few. These are real gems as far as movies are concerned and rightly so far that sole reason Weinstein has earned more than three hundred Oscar nominations.
On October, 5 The New York Times published a story about Harvey Weinstein that changed the way people looked at him, at least people in the east who are not a part of the Hollywood but admire the cinema. The report alleged that Harvey Weinstein has sexually harassed women in the industry.
The New York Times has reported in detail the wrong doings of Weinstein, exposing the pattern of sexual harassment he carried out, the abuse of power and money and a several instances of rape and intimidation.
To say Harvey Weinstein was an influential man in the last few years would be a big understatement. He is a big giant as far as Hollywood is cover and his influence in the industry can be intimidating. Weinstein and his brother Bob, together started independent film distribution studio Miramax in 1979, in 2005 they started their own independent movie studio, The Weinsterin Company.
In 1987, Weinstein married his personal assistant at Miramax, Eve Chilton. The pair, who share three daughters Lilly, 22, Emma, 19, and Ruth, 14 later divorced in 2004. Weinstein got to know a lot of high-profile over the years as a producer.
Later, he married Georgina Chapman in 2007 an English fashion designer. They have a two kids, a 7-year-old daughter India and 4-year-old son, Dashiell.
The allegations have been made over the years, everyone spoke to each other about Weinstein’s misconduct but nobody spoke out in the open. It was an open secret. Until The New York Times published a detailed report on how Weinstein followed a pattern to sexual harass women.
According to the report Harvey Weinstein has made settlements with at least 8 women over sexual harassment claims in between 1990-2015. The report featured an interview with Ashley Judd. She went on record to say that Weinstein sexually harassed her.
Judd claimed Weinstein invited her to The Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a breakfast business meeting, but was surprised when he sent her up to his suite. Judd claims the producer appeared in a bathrobe and alleges that, despite her repeated rejections, he continuously requested intimate favours from her — including a massage, a shoulder rub and allegedly asking if she would watch him take a shower.
After the report was published there have been several women who have come out in the open. And the women have specifically have mentioned a pattern: He invites a younger woman to his hotel room or apartment on a professional pretense, appears in a bathrobe or completely undressed, and requests a massage and/or sexual favours, either implicitly or explicitly offering the exchange for career advancement.
In a series of tweets actor Rose McGowan has alleged that Harvey Weinstein raped her and that Amazon Studios ignored her complaints and dropped her show after she spoke up. “I told the head of your studio that HW raped me,” she wrote. “Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”
Blacklash of the report
The backlash has been swift: After the Times story dropped, Weinstein was fired from the company that bears his name, and four members of the all-male board resigned. The Weinstein Company is looking for someone new and they will announce the name in the coming few days.
On October 5th, Weinstein sent a statement in response to the Times investigation that is both an apology and a hedge. “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then,” he begins. “I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed. I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.” In addition to confusedly misquoting Jay-Z, he states his intention to take a leave of absence and seek therapy.
According to Deadline, attorney Charles Harder, said that his firm is preparing a lawsuit against the Times for publishing a story that “is saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein.”
Angelina Jolie, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Glenn Close, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, Leonardo DiCaprio are just a few of the stars speaking out against Weinstein. Jennifer Lawrence and George Clooney also condemned Weinstein’s actions, Clooney calling them “indefensible” in an interview with The Daily Beast Monday. Jessica Chastain, Emmy Rossum, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Judd Apatow also shared their criticism.
Weinstein said ‘I know I hurt these women, but it’s an addiction! I need a second chance!’. Abuse of power and influence to sexually assault women is not addiction.