Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories (New Yorker)

It’s hard to believe that this sort of conduct could remain out of the public eye for this long if it weren’t part of a wider problem in the industry, and the forms of exploitation that we all know have formed part and parcel of the film industries all over the world.  Even as we digest the allegations against Weinstein, we would do well to remember that this offers a glimpse into the system, and should not interpret this simply as an aberration — Qalandar

Excerpt: “…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.””

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35 Responses to “Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories (New Yorker)”

  1. agree completely with your comment..

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  2. he has exercised his influence as a prolific fund-raiser for Democratic Party candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
    ooops !! LOL
    Aside- what is it with these powerful, successful men trying to force themselves !!
    Saala learn from Heffner -do it openly and consensually…

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  3. It took Hillary Clinton five days to issue this statement about Harvey Weinstein
    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/10/politics/harvey-weinstein-obama-clinton/index.html

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  4. Agree with Qalandar..Indeed this is not an aberration within confines of Hollywood ..Many here would have forgotten Roman Polanski anecdote of 2009..(that’s seriously like history in today’s internet clock speed world)…https://goo.gl/cCR4s5

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  5. One should be careful with whom one mingles. Especially if they are public figures. Some of our big stars were photographed(and also alleged dealings) with gangsters but filmstars are not role models anyways. Political leaders have these shady friends who they dont acknowledge but who they dont abandon altogether. So squeaky clean images of public figures are tarnished because of their association with not so squeaky clean!

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    • RE: “One should be careful with whom one mingles. Especially if they are public figures.”

      In our country even the PM follows on Twitter maniacs and people who issue violent threats or celebrate the murder of journalists.

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      • This is such a lame and frankly childish argument ,and
        was invented to change the goal post as soon as it was clear that there was no other stick to beat Modi with.
        The irony is even this did not work …

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        • Surely you aren’t denying the truth of this, no (I have myself seen these tweets)? Why does the PM’s official twitter handle follow these sorts of miscreants? Forget the double standards of the opposition or critics like me, as a Modi supporter doesn’t this bother you in the slightest? I’m not trying to be snide here, this is an honest question.

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          • Honest Answer- It would have really bothered me if he retweeeted or endorsed the horrible tweet by that person.
            I am not on twitter so I don’t know how exactly you follow or get followed …but if he was following that person way before that person tweeted that tweet toh how is Modi responsible for that ?
            and the go on and on on on by idiots like Rubbish kumar was just an over kill which gave diminishing returns.

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          • Re: “I am not on twitter so I don’t know how exactly you follow or get followed”

            LOL if you are not on twitter you are probably the happier for it. Just FYI, you can be “followed” without doing anything, but in order to “follow” someone you have to actively follow someone (e.g. simply “liking” tweets by someone will not lead to you following that person).

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          • I am sure you read the essay by Rahul Pandita and the response by Manu Joseph to a q at NaxalLaundry ?
            Matlab ghar ka bhedi Lanka Dhaye !! LOL

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          • I didn’t, actually — will google.

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          • But while relatively young journalists got UP right, where did seasoned journalists like my friend falter? The young friend offered a reason that I felt was quite accurate. Referring to my Left-leaning professional colleague, he said that many like him had this basal need to believe in revolution, and at a time when Narendra Modi is at the peak of his power, that the Sangh Parivar will be defeated is the stuff of these revolutionary dreams. “Your Leftist friend will die the day he stops believing in revolution,” he quipped.

            http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/cover-story/inside-the-hate-modi-industry

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          • Thanks will check this out (video blocked at work!)

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          • Re.-LOL if you are not on twitter you are probably the happier for it.
            LOL…You Know my daughter accuses me of stalking people on twitter because I am not on twitter but am reading other people’s tweets.
            In fact I get my news through certain twitter handles ..LOL

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        • @Rocky
          They thought they can flutter Modi and made him un follow but thn they don’t know Modi. He gives a rat shit to what liberals and media says and on his birthday he goes and follows 57 new handles and report in media was “Modi followed 15 verified and rest un verified accounts”

          Liberals instantly described commie Rahul pandita “Farzi liberal’ after that one post. So much of liberalism.
          They won’t touch Manu Joseph, coz he belonged to their echo system and knows everything and can make TANDOORI of them being the best incisive, sharp , brilliant mind in India right now.

          If anyone here wants to see lies, hypocrisy, mis information, bigotry and shamelessness of ‘liberals’ of India and right also, just follow one twitter handle. you wont find a place to hide – @ARanganathan72 and see how he is attacked by so called liberal ‘liberals’ and he is no Modi fan 🙂

          ps: Best is how he destroyed eminent distorian Ram Guha with facts and evidences

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  6. I can’t believe he wasn’t charged with a crime after that very incriminating audio. and good grief, is he annoyingly persistent or what!?

    It’s unequivocally obvious he groped that woman, and cops didn’t arrest him?

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  7. What India’s liberals can learn from Harvey Weinstein’s fall
    -By Barkha Dutt

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/10/11/what-indias-liberals-can-learn-from-harvey-weinsteins-fall/?tid=ss_tw-bottom&utm_term=.f8589d188b77

    But it was the silence of liberals that was was more deafening than the voluble criticism of the right. And just as the Weinstein case shone an uncomfortable light on how long Hillary Clinton took to condemn Weinstein, here in India, many politicians of the opposition parties not only failed to disassociate from Tejpal but also some leaders even stepped up to provide him a legal defense.
    Tejpal was my neighbor and a social friend of sorts who stood up for me in a tough phase of my professional life. When the controversy erupted, like so many others of my ilk, at first I hoped it wasn’t what it sounded like. But as more details emerged, my feminism demanded that I take a strong, unequivocal position — and I did — much to the abiding disapproval of several of my friends, who believed that the larger hit to a liberal magazine brand was somehow part of a right-wing conspiracy. I disagree. The magazine, as it turned out, had not even set up a court-mandated committee to deal with sexual harassment complaints. Its liberalism had been exposed to be shallow and skin-deep, restricted to its writings but not applied to itself.

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    • Disgusting as his behavior was it’s obviously not atypical for Hollywood. Or any industry for that matter. Don’t think it’s about being a liberal or conservative in these matters. Fox news had a string of people with the same problem. But I would think MSNBC or CNN are more or less the same in these respects. I’m glad Weinstein was outed but everybody else is like him too. Exceptions prove the rule. You combine power with opportunity and from actors to sports figures to corporate tycoons to politicians to mullahs to sadhus you get the very same behavior. Of course there are degrees, not everyone behaves exactly like Weinstein but his case is far from uncommon. Of course if one knows such a person personally one should not in good conscience keep up the contact.

      by the way happy you agree with Barkha when it’s about criticizing liberals!

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      • Disclaimer- Retweets or sharing link is for informational purposes only. Does not imply agreement or endorsement of the shared link.

        Aside- LOL , I was actually waiting for that. BTW Burkha is one hell of a Khafa women with NDTV right now, she leaves no opportunity to diss them.

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      • I’ll use a Harvey Weinstein analogy for some of the political points I often make. Someone who does 30% or 10% of what Weinstein does is still a despicable person. One doesn’t have to go as far as him (or Cosby) to be considered problematic! An embezzler is problematic also, just not in the Weinstein sense. If I had to choose I’d take the embezzler any day of the week!

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        • On the subject at hand, the sort of sexual/gender misconduct that one routinely hears about in Bollywood is at least as bad and in many cases worse. No one makes an issue of it, and I can’t wait for the day when that changes…

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          • Not only bollywood. Southern India’ film industry has got its own sleazy tales that are hushed or whispered. Not only film industry, it is everywhere. Some are caught, some are not.

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          • Very true: the recent goings on with Dileep that made their way into the media offer a glimpse into a sordid world…

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  8. Simone Sheffield says:
    OCTOBER 11, 2017 AT 11:37 AM
    I use to manage Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. While dealing with Harvey I found it comical how hard he tried to get Aishwarya alone. But he was a pig… looked and acted like a “big bully pig”….He asked me to leave the meeting numerous times and I politely declined. When we were leaving his office he cornered me and said “what do I have to do to get her alone?” I told him to “kiss my black ass”. When Ash and I returned to our hotel, I sent Harvey a steel pig trough filled with DIET COKE as a thank you gift for the meeting. Yes, we did do business and Yes, he eventually threatened me. Told me I’d never work in this business, blah blah blah….what I said to him I can’t print. But you can be sure, I never gave him the opportunity to even breathe on my client.
    Fox News. Weinstein. The President. Such abuses have gone on way before these creeps and will sadly continue until women feel empowered and protected enough to speak out.
    They say there’s strength in numbers…perhaps. BUT it takes only one brave soul to take the first stand. With social media as your platform, that one brave soul will lead an army, in no time.
    Variety.com

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