Weinstein has been fired, Meryl Streep spoke out, and more…
The last week has been a flurry of news reports and allegations coming out against Harvey Weinstein, a big name in Hollywood whose companies Miramax and, later, The Weinstein Company, are responsible for Oscar-winning fare like Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech, Pulp Fiction, and more.
It has come out over the past week that Weinstein reportedly sexually harassed actresses, female employees, and others for decades. A New York Times investigation has documented sexual harassment allegations going back three decades, and it includes on-the-record allegations from actress Ashley Judd. On Saturday, high-profile attorney Lisa Bloom, who had previously been known for representing women bringing sexual harassment claims against Bill Cosby and former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, resigned from Weinstein’s team of lawyers and advisors.
Now, Weinstein’s career has effectively ended in four days. Thursday, October 5, was when the explosive Times story was published. From late Thursday to early Friday, three members of the Weinstein Company board resigned, according to the Times. On October 6, more alleged victims came forward, and by Saturday, October 8, Weinstein was fired from his company.
Most recently, it has come out that, in spite of the Times’ article exposing the decades-long harassment, one journalist claims that the newspaper chose not to publish an article in 2004 about Weinstein’s misconduct. Sharon Waxman, founder of the Wrap, wrote that an article she reported on trying to uncover rumors of the producer’s sexual misconduct was cut from the Times in 2004 after receiving pressure from several Hollywood elites, namely Matt Damon and Russell Crowe.
Meryl Streep spoke out today against Weinstein and called the women who came forward “heroes.” The grand dame of Hollywood said it best: “The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”