Allegations against Harvey Weinstein continue to manifest after an October 5 New York Times exposÃ© revealed decades of alleged sexual harassment and assault perpetrated by the powerful Hollywood producer…The Hollywood Reporter
Could the Weinstein scandal prove to be a tipping point when it comes to addressing a culture of sexual harassment?
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Who is Harvey Weinstein? A trailblazing Hollywood producer who, along with his brother, Bob, was behind award-winning films like Shakespeare in Love and Pulp Fiction. A 2015 analysis of Oscar acceptance speeches found Weinstein was thanked more often than God. Over his long career, Weinstein garnered a reputation as both a charming tastemaker and a hot-tempered, vindictive bully. “If I didn’t exist, they’d have to invent me,” Weinstein once said. “I’m the only interesting thing around.”
What did he do? Last Thursday, a devastating New York Times story documented a long history of sexual harassment allegations against the producer from actresses and employees, including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan. As additional victims came forward with stories about Weinstein cornering them in hallways, requesting massages in hotel rooms, and harassing them in the workplace, the Weinstein Company fired its co-founder on Sunday. Now both Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have offered their own accounts of his inappropriate behavior.