Last Tuesday, when the New York Times published a pretty explosive story on Harvey Weinstein and his compulsive sexual harassment of women, as it turns out, MANY, MANY actresses, would be actresses, models and women in the entertainment industry breathed a FINALLY! It turns out that no less than Mira Sorvino, Gwenyth Paltrow, Rosanna Arquette, and Angelina Jolie all had their own Harvey Weinstein stories to tell, and all of them mirrored the accounts in the original Times piece that is rumored to be the tip of the iceberg in the way of covered up Hollywood scandal.
In the latest from The New York Times:
“I 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,” Ms. Jolie said in an email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Weinstein’s scheme was to lure the actress or model – usually young, naive, and could be from any country – to his offices, or a hotel bar, get them comfortable, and then either take them up to his room or have other people in the meeting leave before groping, forcing oral sex on either the woman or himself, and sometimes even raping the victim. Weinstein opening a door wearing a white bathrobe and requesting a massage is a common theme. The meetings often involved employees who told The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow that they honestly felt morally violated for being used as part of a “honeypot.”
One former employee said that she was frequently asked to join for the beginning of meetings that, she said, had in many cases already been moved from day to night and from hotel lobbies to hotel rooms. She said that Weinstein’s conduct in the meetings was brazen. During a meeting with a model, the former employee said, he turned to her and demanded, “Tell her how good of a boyfriend I am.” She said that when she refused to join one such meeting, Weinstein became enraged.
Farrow’s piece in the New Yorker is long, but worth the read. With countless sources in the entertainment industry, he is able to paint the picture for someone not inside the beast. The reality is that Harvey Weinstein, before last week, had the power to make or break any aspiring starlet’s career, and he didn’t care if he ruined the woman by demanding non-consensual sexual contact. Several women – including Gwenyth Paltrow – claimed that they knew he could make or break their careers with bad publicity about their pasts. Paltrow may have escaped this fate in her refusal thanks to being Bruce Paltrow‘s daughter, but others did not. Rosanna Arquette does believe her career suffered because of her refusal.
While many of Weinstein’s red carpet buddies haven’t uttered a peep (how about it Meryl? What do you have to say about this?), other A-list actresses are coming forward with their stories confirmed by those they told at the time of the assaults with the intention of supporting those caught in the storm.
Now, with the process of tallying the size and scope of Mr. Weinstein’s abuse allegations underway, Ms. Paltrow and others said they wanted to support women who had already come forward and help those in similar situations feel less alone.
“We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over,” Ms. Paltrow said. “This way of treating women ends now.”…
He boasted about the famous actresses he had supposedly slept with — a common element of his come-on, according to several other women who had encounters with Mr. Weinstein. “Rosanna, you’re making a big mistake,” he responded, she said.
She refused. “I’m not that girl,” [Arquette] recalled telling him on the way out. “I will never be that girl.”
…Later, Ms. Arquette was in the Miramax film “Pulp Fiction” but said she avoided Mr. Weinstein.
How deep does Harvey Weinstein’s fetish for young girls to service him go? The depth and breadth of the entire scandal is not yet known, but as more and more of Hollywood’s leading ladies and big-name talents come forward, it’s pretty obvious that he felt very confident that no one would cross him, or that he was Jack Warner’s successor, take your pick.
The truth, though, is that this man is a sexual predator who used fear to control his victims. In that way, he is no different than any other criminal.