Harvey Weinstein has ‘an army’ of lawyers & crisis managers to battle exposés

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We’ve all heard the stories. We’ve all read the blind items. We think we know what Harvey Weinstein does to women. But entertainment reporters live in fear – fear of being sued, fear of losing access, fear of Harvey’s wrath. Which is why those stories and blind items are so hard to nail down, why it’s so difficult to get people on the record, named sources confirming all of those rumors and innuendos and Hollywood lore. But maybe, post-Bill Cosby, the worm is beginning to turn. According to an exclusive from the Hollywood Reporter, the New York Times has devoted significant time and resources to report some kind of exposé on Weinstein. Apparently, Harvey is scared enough to have hired “an army of attorneys and crisis managers” to deal with the upcoming NYT report(s).

Is The New York Times about to expose damaging information on Harvey Weinstein? The Weinstein Co. film and television mogul has enlisted an army of attorneys and crisis managers in recent weeks and has unleashed them on the Times over a planned story on his personal behavior, multiple sources familiar with the behind-the-scenes battle tell The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s unclear what the Times is planning to report, but sources say the newspaper has been calling dozens of current and former employees and associates of Weinstein, going as far back as the executive’s days running Miramax more than two decades ago. The reporting team is also said to have procured internal human resources documents during the investigation.

After the initial publication of this story, Weinstein offered this statement to THR: “The story sounds so good, I want to buy the movie rights.”

And the Times isn’t the only media outlet aggressively pursuing a story on Weinstein. NBC News correspondent Ronan Farrow also has been digging into the mogul’s past for approximately a year, and Farrow is now said to be working with The New Yorker magazine on a “lengthy” piece. Reps for Weinstein and the Times declined to comment. A spokesperson for The New Yorker told THR, “We don’t comment on pieces we haven’t published.”

Weinstein, 65, is a polarizing figure in Hollywood. A master movie producer and marketer and a regular at the Oscars, he also is famously brash and controlling. Down and Dirty Pictures, a 2004 book on Weinstein by author Peter Biskind, described Weinstein’s behavior toward employees and others in his orbit as bullying and called him an artist of “anger.”

Weinstein, who runs the New York-based Weinstein Co., is no stranger to litigation, but in this case he has lawyered up in an unusually significant way.

In addition to his usual attorney David Boies, Weinstein also has engaged Lisa Bloom, a Woodland Hills, California-based lawyer and television personality specializing in sexual harassment cases (and the daughter of Gloria Allred), as well as Charles Harder, the Beverly Hills-based litigator who represented Hulk Hogan in the invasion of privacy trial that brought down the Gawker website. Other lawyers also are said to be advising the mogul. “Harvey Weinstein is obviously excellent at assembling a legal team,” said Bloom in a statement. Several crisis PR consultants also are involved, according to sources. The subject of the media outlets’ reporting is said to be Weinstein himself and not the business operation of The Weinstein Co. Whether either or both publications ultimately publish a story in the face of an onslaught of pushback from Weinstein’s lawyers remains to be seen.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

The idea that Ronan Farrow is digging around is… interesting. Ronan sees himself as an advocate-journalist, and when Ronan wrote that scathing op-ed about Woody Allen and how journalists treat him, Ronan gave it to the Hollywood Reporter. So, there’s a connection there. Will the New Yorker or the New York Times have the better coverage? The NY Times sees itself as too classy to engage with some of the dirtiest and grossest stories out there about Harvey, so I would say the New Yorker might have better coverage overall, but a NYT exposé would do the most damage, because more people would read it. Something to keep in mind though: it’s more than possible that Harvey Weinstein sues and threatens his way into getting both publications to refuse to publish these exposés.

Update: The NYT dropped their story today. I’ve covered it here.

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  1. ArchieGoodwin says:

    I wouldn’t want Ronan Farrow on my tail. Guy is super smart and tenacious and a lawyer to boot. Also he’s pretty darn funny, in a quippy way. I’m a fan.

    • Margo S. says:

      I love ronan. He’s a handsome fella too. Smart, funny, handsome, and wants to take Harvey down? Yes please!

    • courtney says:

      yes he is. hope he buries harvey if he deserves it. hollywood is a cesspool

    • Lorelai says:

      @Archie, I was just thinking that Ronan is the *perfect* person for this story. He’s fearless and unconcerned with retribution. I hope whatever he’s working on gets published.

      I also love that fact that Ronan’s boyfriend is one of my favorite comedians, Jon Lovett. His podcasts are what get me through the week ever since the election, and he and Ronan make such a great couple.

      • MousyB says:

        OMG I didnt know they were dating -admittedly I hate the phrase couplegoals but #couplegoals.

    • Shirley says:

      His ‘Happy Fathers Day Tweet will have me rolling in the aisles until the end of time.

  2. Sunnydaze says:

    I’ve always heard there were “stories” but I don’t think I’ve actually come across any…is there any semi-reputable site that has collected these blinds? The only one I know of is CDAN….

  3. detritus says:

    I think anyone who’s followed celeb gossip for a length of time knows something is up with Harvey. Would it still considered déclassé when it’s such a huge case? An expose on Weinstein would be… explosive. It would be Cosby level. It would be litigious and nasty, but does the lay person know or care who Weinstein is?

    Ronan is interesting too, because he would have access to people a journalist may not. He also may have seen things personally. I would die to see what he has so far.

    • Megan says:

      Maybe actresses are coming forward to discuss how he made them wear those shit dresses designed by his wife.

      • Saucy says:

        Lol @ Megan. Hangs head in shame but quite like some of Marchesa designs (totally ‘appropriated’ Indian embroidery/style in some; I’m Indian)

    • Sherry says:

      Didn’t Ashley Judd give an interview where she blind-itemed Harvey and his girls? She said she could have had an Oscar by now if she’d become one of his girls, but she declined and her career suddenly stalled. She never mentioned him by name, but everyone knew she was talking about Harvey and his gross misconduct with women.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I don’t think everything will be exposed. Some of it is far too nasty but it will be an interesting expose.

  4. Nicole says:

    Good expose the creep. The rumors around him pings my radar enough to believe a lot of them. He’s disgusting and Hollywood is disgusting for constantly making these men lauded people in the business. Gives them an overwhelming crop of victims to pick from.

  5. SydneyGirl says:

    Harvey Weinstein is a creep, no doubt but unfortunately I doubt he’s the only one who will try and get this quashed. Any young actress he may have been involved with for their career will want to see this go away.

    Me? I hope he gets his dirty laundry aired.

    • third ginger says:

      This may be the biggest show business story of the year. And yes, many, many high profile names will be revealed.

      • Esmerelda says:

        And it’ll stop Harvey stuffing the Oscar’s campaign season with mediocre movies, hopefully. NYT, do it for the movies, please. ;)

    • Nicole says:

      I hope it’s aired too. But the high profile names that will be revealed. I mean the rumored list of “harvey’s Girls” have been on the internet forever. If any of those are substantiated? Wow. Biggest bombshell of the year.

      • raptor says:

        I hope their names aren’t revealed, as that could lead to a lot of victim shaming/blaming.

      • magnoliarose says:

        Some women were willing if not most of them in the beginning for the trade off. It is the middle and endings that are where the true dirt is.

      • K says:

        Given what happened to Ashley Judd when she declined, I’m not sure you can argue any of the women concerned were truly consenting. The power imbalance is just too huge.

        I agree; I want him exposed, not his victims.

    • Megan says:

      Would an innocent man need so many lawyers? This is going to be major.

      • MousyB says:

        Yup bingo. Clearly, Harvey has something he’s trying to hide…I hope justice is served.

      • Lorelai says:

        The fact that he hired the attorney who won the case that took Gawker down makes me extremely nervous. I hope that this guy doesn’t have the same outcome here, because losing Gawker was a tragedy and the way it happened, even worse.

    • QueenB says:

      Its not only the actresses who also dont want their name attached to this story but I have been thinking about other power players. Harvey must know a lot of very powerful people and not only in Hollywood. He is well connected with politicans.

      There will be a lot of powerful men being afraid their name shows up too or if Harvey goes down that he will take them with him. Could also be that he did it mostly alone tho.

      • detritus says:

        Isn’t he rumored to be one of Eppstein’s part goers?
        When people get such power… I don’t trust they indulge their worst vices solo.

        I think if this comes to light we are going to have a lot of people who were under the radar exposed.

    • Milla says:

      Pretty sure not just actresses. Actors, directors, people behind the curtains..who knows… it’s like satan lives in hw.

      • Sherry says:

        Years ago when I lived in LA and was pursuing an acting career, I realized I wasn’t willing to do what it takes to make it. I told a friend of mine that my mother had all of her friends praying for me. His response? “Satan runs this town.”

  6. Mia4s says:

    Sigh…I’d like to say I’m looking forward to reading this but right now all I can do is dread the rumours and stories that will spread involving Gwenyth Paltrow, Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, Alicia Vikander, Zendaya, and every other actress whose fortunes rose in proximately to this guy. You know what I mean and you know it’s coming.

    The good news is he’s having troubles that actually can take you out of the Hollywood game: money troubles. Hopefully karma coming to play.

    • Skylark says:

      Agree. That would definitely be an unpleasant downside to Weinstein getting his comeuppance.

      I hope whatever the nature of this exposure, it’s done in a responsible manner and focuses solidly on him and protects those who were victims of his work practices.

    • Div says:

      Seconded. I fear that this will bring out a lot of misogyny even in so called woke folks. His victims will likely be slut shamed and every woman that came within two feet of him, even if they weren’t victimized by him, will also be slut shamed. I’ve already seen some nasty comments on twitter.

    • Annabelle Bronstein says:

      I believe it will.. victims of sexual harassment or abuse are generally not named unless they give their consent. I don’t think the NYT will violate journalistic standards, I guess the caveat is if it finds actresses sought him out. But the power dynamic is hugely different. It helps that no one seems to like HW.

      • magnoliarose says:

        The problem is some actresses did seek him out. Some chased him out of ambition and were willing to do whatever it took, and I don’t know if you can say they are victims. It is surprising what people will do. It isn’t always cut and dry.
        He is a terrible human being, but some of the women are awful human beings too. I am not excusing him because the ones he went after ARE a hundred percent victims but if you know what he is and you are game, then I can’t put you in that category.

      • Annabelle Bronstein says:

        True @magnoliarose. If it involves who we think it does this could really blow the roof off of Hollywood.

      • magnoliarose says:

        @Annabelle
        This makes me glad he will be exposed but sad for the victims who will be triggered or are living with shame.
        Some names will surprise people if they are named. The ones that wanted to be a Harvey girl are embarrassing since he dropped them so fast.

        Just the other day here there was a story about a star, and I was dying to say something, but then I thought about the fact that this star has kids, so I shut up. I wouldn’t want their children to read about them since it isn’t something that has made the rounds.
        I wonder if these articles will be as restrained. It is a hard call to expose someone.

    • Giu says:

      @Mia4s He has run Oscar campaigns for JLaw,Paltrow,even if I don’t know what you’re trying to say or why you expect to see stories about these women. But how Vikander’s or Zendaya’s fortunes have something to do with him,exactly? Zendaya was in some Broadway show produced by him last year,and that’s all. Vikander’s only movie linked to him is that Tulip Fever mess that has been gloriously dumped for four years and that she didn’t even promote. None of the movies that got her attention are related to his company in any way. I hate to see names being tossed around without any reason.

    • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

      Alicia Vikander won her Oscar for a film produced by Focus Features. The Weinstein Company was not involved at all, in fact her film was in competition *AGAINST* Weinstein Co. All her films except for one (which still hasn’t been released) was with Weinstein Co.

      Focus features ran and paid for her Oscar campaign. She had already broke into the US market starting with Anna Karenina and many other films before doing one film with Weinstein, he came in at the end of her breakout. But since she is a woman that many women love to hate for completely non-rational reasons they want to say her fame is not due to her outstanding critical acclaim (check her reviews) or her hard work (can act in 3 different languages fluently).

      I look forward to opening up the can of worms where many, many, many women will be disappointed to find out his list of victims are not who they think. Happy bitch feast ladies, I have my bag of kettlecorn popcorn and wine ready. Cheers!

      • L says:

        It was in his interest for her to get the Oscar so that he can use her any way he wants for his productions and make money – such as Tulip Fever. She became an asset for him by winning the Oscar. Unfortunately, TF flopped…

  7. Talie says:

    I thought maybe this had something to do with the book Rose McGowan is writing.

    • Lorelai says:

      @Talie: omg! That hadn’t occurred to me, but you’re right, it’s very interesting timing. Wonder if there will turn out to be a connection…

  8. Kiki says:

    I will never forget what he did to Cate Blanchet when he swayed the Oscars to give Gweneth Paltrow the award. But what hurts my heart is that he got the nerve to have his picture Shakespeare in love the Best Picture instead of Saving Private Ryan. Harvey Weinstein is a bully and what he did to behind the scene in the casting couch is beyond atrocious. Ronan Farrow should not back down and expose HW’s ass.

    • lolamd says:

      Kiki – How did he sway? I thought Cate was robbed. She was excellent in Elizabeth

      • Nicole says:

        Not sure about this case but Weinstein definitely “buys” Oscars for people. There’s a few people that the masses speculate had their Oscars bought (Ie favors and such) because he’s a powerful guy. Most recently JLaw and Alicia V

      • Kiki says:

        “swayed” as in robbed @loland

      • Lorelai says:

        Cate was absolutely robbed that year.

        But can someone explain to me how he is able to “buy” Oscars for people/movies? I’m genuinely asking…I don’t have any experience in the entertainment industry and aren’t the votes private? He can throw as many millions as he wants to promote one of his films, but at the end of the day isn’t it up the Academy’s voters?

        I realize I sound so naive here but I really don’t understand!

      • magnoliarose says:

        @Lorelai
        You don’t sound naive. It is not an ordinary world, and they don’t advertise the dirt and back dealing, or else there is no mystery.

        Studios lobby for awards but some give favors and make deals for votes. Or threats to blackball people or to make sure some projects stay in limbo forever or offer to produce someone’s pet project if they vote your way. Sometimes when you see purely crap movies that you can’t believe anyone thought to make it is often a “deal” situation. Hollywood is like a spider web, and the most random people can owe a favor or be connected. Harvey is the type to know the connections and leverages them. He can kill a career because no one wants to cross him though he isn’t as powerful as he had been at one time. It can be I can get X for your movie and X can be an A-list box office star and can make money for everyone involved.
        Sometimes people want weird crap that makes no sense, but if you can get it for them, they will vote your way.
        The reason he has been able to do it so long is that he has backed some genuinely high-quality films, and he is ruthless on steroids. He holds grudges for a looooong time, and some people don’t even know it was him who did them in even if they suspect it.

    • rachel says:

      Nicole@ This is exactly the type of sexist nonsense which is going to get thrown around. Jlaw was the superstar in the making in Hollywood, she already got a nomination before and Hollywood love their white ingénus. For Alicia Vikander it’s even better, she was opposed Rooney Mara in her category, Rooney who stared in a Weinstein produced movie, but somehow Vikander and her magical powers would have Weinstein buy her an Oscar. Please! This story is not out yet and it’s already a mess.

      • Nicole says:

        *sigh* Jen was not a superstar when she signed onto SLP. Neither was Alicia. Anyways I never said I believed it I said the rumors were out there. I think they are talented. Heck I knew about jen before she was ever nominated for an oscar.
        Do I think a studio as powerful as Weinstein’s uses their favor to make sure their studio comes out with a win? Yea I could buy it. It’s hollywood

      • Giu says:

        @Rachel Thanks.
        @Nicole The Danish Girl was a Focus Features movie. Focus is one of the best studios out there. They don’t need Weinstein to campaign for them. Can you explain how Weinstein has something to do with her Oscar campaign or her career,for that matter?!
        The irony is that Vikander shot Tulip Fever,which is the only movie distributed by TWC, after her critically acclaimed roles in A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina,and that movie has been a complete mess. None of the actors even promoted it.

      • L says:

        You must be kidding. AVikander is surely one of his protected girls, how do you imagine she climbed up so fast and unfortunately going down as fast. Because it wasn’t genuine. She is a good actress but not the type that would make her into the super star HW thought would make her. There was an article about his unorthodox ways and how he calls voters to make sure they vote for his people or films. Can you imagine the power he has? There are plenty of resources and images out there showing HW backs her up. He introduced her to the audience in Cannes, he pushed for her to get the Burnt role, magazine covers etc. I can’t believe how naive people can be…

      • Giu says:

        Oh,no. I’m not kidding. She didn’t “climb up fast” because she got her first English language significant roles at least six years ago. A Royal Affair was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 and she was also nominated at the Baftas the same year. He didn’t introduce anyone because Vikander was in Cannes for her Bergman documentary and she was at his showreel with Gyllenhal,Sienna Miller to present the Tulip Fever trailer. A movie released after three years without any promotion. Facts: none of her movies,including The Danish Girl,is related to him in any way and she has been working with the same producers and casting directors for years.

      • L says:

        @ Giu
        Oh, really? How about this? Tell me if you want more.

        During the showreel of The Weinstein Company’s upcoming slate of films at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, producer Harvey Weinstein told journalists that he was so enamored of Vikander that he asked her to play a part in Burnt (2015) (her part didn’t exist in the script). Weinstein also stated that Vikander will have a brilliant future in Hollywood’s biggest league. – http://m.imdb.com/name/nm2539953/trivia

  9. Miles says:

    Honestly nothing is going to happen to him. The only people who are going to get ridiculed are the victims. I already know how this is going to work. He’ll get a free pass and all the women he abused will be scoffed at. And then the women who had to use the casting couch will be mocked and called ugly words. Harvey will walk away unscathed the same way that Woody Allen, Bryan Singer, Roman Polanski etc will.

    • Jamie42 says:

      Yes, this is exactly what will happen, sadly. Rumor and mockery have already been going on, in regard to the women, for some time.

    • Sad says:

      He’ll get a standing ovation at the award shows.

    • Sunglasses Aready says:

      Some of the comments made here are disturbing as if they want him not be investigated as it may expose their client/fav. Here’s the thing, the way they will get him is via the victims. Hollywood will hold back roles or promises for information about him. Some of actress associated with him will find acting jobs hard to come by. Once the acting parts start drying up and careers are stalled. The stories will start flooding out.

  10. Annabelle Bronstein says:

    Ironically the bravest and most honest take on HW came from an unexpected place: HBO’s Entourage. The character ‘Harvey Weingard’ was a bloated, abusive mess who everyone hated but was afraid of.

  11. Moon says:

    It’s the women who are coming forward to be on record and expose him, so I have no idea why some commenters are making it sound like they will be the worst off when Harvey gets exposed. No, they are victims and now it means there will be no future victims because Harvey can no longer get away with it. To say that exposing the perp will only hurt his victims is Duggar logic at best, and suspiciously like what Harvey’s team would want us to think.

    • Miles says:

      We understand it’s the victims coming forward. We are talking about how society will look at those victims. I know for sure that the casting couch will be a part of this and those actresses (Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, Alicia Vikander etc) already got mocked and get called ugly names. Now I know there’s definitely more to his abusive behavior than just the casting couch but it’s always been very telling how those actresses were ridiculed, made fun of and called ugly words instead of people going after the old ugly hearted individual taking advantage of these young women in a professional setting.

      And this isn’t even going into the other aspects of his disgusting behavior where I’m sure the victim blaming will occur.

      • Anna says:

        Yeah, definitely more than the casting couch rumored. With male actors and directors, he’s rumored to be, at the very least, physically and mentally abusive.

        Granted, I realize why this has taken so long to come to light, aside from his power in the industry and money. I doubt everyone has had the same experience with him and a lot of industry people probably have the same sort of vague ‘knowledge’ that isn’t something you can substantiate on your own.

      • BorderMollie says:

        There will always be victim blaming though. Always. Either that or they look for some way to ‘other’ the perpetrators, that way we don’t have to look too closely at our own societal standards and systems of privilege. This all, however, should not stop bad people from being exposed.

        I’m speaking generally here, not familiar with these specific rumors.

    • Va Va Kaboom says:

      You aren’t taking into account the sheer number of people who simply don’t want this to be true and/or outed. From the fans to the industry people who not only knew this was going on and ignored it, but many actually prospered by doing so.

      It’s those people who will question the victims’ stories and try to trash them. Especially fellow Hollywood professionals because otherwise they have to admit to themselves they routinely turn a blind eye to sexual harassment and assault for money and fame.

      I can even tell you most will say. That because it was such an open secret these young women knew exactly what they were walking into and are only coming forward because their careers never took off. They will say the women regret it now or simply want money/fame/revenge etc. nevermind they helped to make it all seem like ugly rumors by keeping silent themselves.

      Plenty of regular people will believe it because it fits with their sexist views or they simply don’t want to admit the people and movies they love were built on a foundation of filth and seediness. I’m actually very surprised you think this case would be any different than Cosby’s accusers or even high school football teams around the country.

  12. Margo S. says:

    The guy is a straight up creep. He didn’t get to where he is by being anything short of evil. What a punk when he heard about to say “I want to buy the movie rights!” You prick. Can’t wait for this exposé. It’s going to be glorious to watch this sexual predator fall.

  13. Agent Fang says:

    Exposing Hollywood scumbags could get dangerous. I hope Ronan is taking the necessary precautions to stay safe.

  14. Cassie 231 says:

    It’s obvious to any one with half a brain cell that Lawrence (Oscar nominee at 20, cast for Hunger Games before any involvement with Weinstein), Vikander (acclaimed as a rising star before going near him), Platrow (from Hollywood royalty, similarly hyped from a young age) etc aren’t Harvey casting couch prey. But others will be smeared – and it’ll be disgusting.

    • Cami says:

      Thank you for stating the obvious that these actresses were already talented and awarded before having any involvement with Harvey. I think most of his victims weren’t as talented and he used them. Let’s not slut shame these actresses.

      • AN says:

        You’re naive if you think he only preys on untalented people. How would he know they are untalented? He makes careers. He puts them on the map.
        But considering you guys are JLaw stans I’m not surprised by the comments

      • Cassie 231 says:

        It’s not a question if being a J-Law stan, or a Vikander stan, or whatever. It’s a question of people not being sexist, and using faux-concern about Harvey’s real victims to spread dirt about others.

      • magnoliarose says:

        @AN

        Some people won’t believe some things because the image building of some celebrities has been excellent, and it challenges their view of the star. It is like they can’t continue to think of them as good if they did something “seedy”. It is uncomfortable and even though I know better some truths are still hard to accept.

      • L says:

        OMG, how naive you are. I’m sorry for the actresses but this is what happens when you want it so bad and you’re willing to do everything for it. HW has had a bad reputation since ages, they should have known better. There have been rumours for so long, and images and blogs reporting on such, etc. Like Vikander’s frequent meals with HW and how he used to pay for her lunches in LA and so on. Just google both their names.

    • Mia4s says:

      You give people too much credit. Those actresses absolutely will be caught up in this. The rumours have been around for ages and this will only serve as “confirmation” for those who want to perpetuate them. This is going to be unbelievably ugly.

  15. FriendlyUser says:

    Stay safe Ronan Farrow!
    I really hope he interviewed Rose McGowan she implied a couple of years back that Harvey Weinstein had raped her and that her fiancee sold the rights to their movie to him full well knowing what he did.
    I hope also there is some talk about how many untalented actresses got awards based on sleeping with him. To many of these mediocre famous actresses owe their careers to him.

    • H says:

      I thought it was Harvey’s brother who did that to Rose, but I could be wrong.

      • FriendlyUser says:

        His brother, him. Really does it make a difference? He’s employed at the company and he still probably knew about it and didn’t care. If his brother is getting away with it at his company you sure as hell know that Harvey’s probably doing similar behavior.
        I don’t believe he’s the type of guy who takes no for an answer.

  16. JeanGenie says:

    I doubt that any a-list Hollywood actresses will be named. Maybe some former stars, whose careers have faltered. But I can’t imagine J-Law or Paltrow — or anyone at their level of success — coming forward and corroborating. Without that (short of photographic evidence), the NYT or NYer wouldn’t print a name. Sadly, I predict that people at their level are either going to be silent about the charges, or defend him.
    I hope I’m wrong.

    • SJ says:

      Agreed. Mentioning JLaw or Gwynnie as his casting couch gals would have their lawyers up NYT’s you-know-what as much as HW. It would damage their brand.
      But I hope everyone in Hollywood speaks up or at least stays silent if/when this comes out. Silence says a lot sometimes.

      • Mia4s says:

        They won’t be mentioned in the story, no. But they don’t have to be. The implication will be there because they are the most visible supposed beneficiaries of his “support”. It’s gross but we’ve seen it before.

        I don’t think it will harm any of them professionally but to be honest I don’t know how I would advise them if I were PR. Definitely no statements of support. FFS I hope none of them are that dumb!!

      • SJ says:

        I’d advise them to stay the hell away from HW at all costs. His company is going down the drain financially anyway, IDK why anyone would want to have TWC produce their film.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if old, male friends of his like Tarantino publicly stand by him, but I really hope not.

    • Embers C says:

      A-listers like Lawrence or Paltrow, who were up and coming stars repped by big agencies before they ever did anything with Weinstein & Co, aren’t going to be the people affected. it’ll be others, lower down the food chain. The Gawker piece doing the rounds is fairly clear on who was affected.

  17. LaBlah says:

    I’m surprised and pretty disappointed by what sounds a lot like ‘don’t expose him he’ll get away with it and people will be nasty to women who knew he was a sleaze and asshole and used it to further their careers’ in many of the comments here.

    Yes he almost certainly won’t face any charges and won’t be convicted on the extremely slim chance he does. Just like Cosby wasn’t. However with every exposure Cosby’s reputation and his opportunity to rape more women was chipped away. Sure he’ll never see the inside of a cell like he deserves but how many women do you think are willing to be alone with him these days? His legacy will not be Bill Cosby, comedian and TV star it will be Bill Cosby, rapist.

    That’s sadly more justice than many rapists face. It’s more than my rapist faced.

    • Mia4s says:

      I don’t think anyone is saying don’t expose him. At least from my perspective it’s that while I’ll love to see him shamed and (hopefully) brought down I’m not comfortable being gleeful about it. So many women are going to be collateral in this, even if they were never involved. This isn’t “good” gossip or “fun” gossip and I don’t trust the tabloid press not to take the most sexist slant possible.

      I just don’t want to see anyone breaking out the *eating popcorn* gifs.

  18. Lindy79 says:

    Terry Richardson hasn’t been affected by the pretty much proven claims against him so I can’t see Weinstein being brought down either, sadly.

    • Milla says:

      Oh dear…i cannot understand how is he powerful. Creepy weirdo, must have amazing connections.

      I don’t think we will ever know much more that we know now. With woody and polanski, at least we have some idea. But this is much bigger. And what’s with all the male boys who were raped?

  19. MarionC says:

    My mom had to deal with him a lot in her last job. While he never sexually harassed her (too old, etc) she said he was the most vulgar person she had ever dealt with in her career and was warned by her boss if my sister or I ever came to the office when he was around to stay in the room. So yeah, I’d believe anything that came out.

  20. Sophie says:

    These scumbags need to be outed for exactly who they are & what they have done. This needs to be a full investigation, like the Jimmy Saville case we had here in Britain. It was a house of cards & other’s that were guilty are now serving time. Hollywood, music & sports industry need to be stripped clean of these predators & their actions being protected. A real change needs to happen, otherwise they are saying Abuse, Rape,Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment & Misogyny is ok. They need to stop being hypocrites by talking about people’s rights & yet still work in an industry that protects these monsters. Put your morals ahead of your careers for a change.

    • frisbee says:

      ITA, well said, the Jimmy Saville case was horrific but some justice was served by catching up with others doing the same thing and exposing the rape culture they practiced with impunity. Exactly the same thing needs to happen here.

  21. Harryg says:

    Please expose him! I’m sick of rich bloated arrogant guys getting away with everything!

  22. Kate says:

    I’ll be really happy if these articles do come out and he’s raked over the coals as he should be.

    I have a horrible feeling though that people are going to be more interested in the actresses involved. I see it here a lot. Everyone agrees he’s a predator, but there’s also so many snide remarks made about the women rumoured to have been ‘involved’ with him. If these articles name names or even hint at them, I feel like it’s just going to end with judging and tearing down women for ‘sleeping their way to the top’ and he’ll be able to slink away quietly. I hope I’m wrong.

  23. TeamPoochie says:

    Hiring Harder is an implicit threat against any publication that publishes an expose. “See, I hired the guy who took down Gawker- watch out.”
    The one actress who I firmly believed got used/abused/tossed by Harvey is Gretchen Mol. She was supposed to be the next Grace Kelly and literally dropped off the face of the earth.

  24. Sid says:

    I wonder what will come out about his wife Georgina Chapman? Another Melania Trump. She fascinates me (Georgina not Melania) how complicit she is and her secrets as well.

    • kacy says:

      Ugh, yes… Supposedly, anyone he’s taken an interest in is forced to where her designs on the red carpet. I’ve often wondered if that’s sometimes why they are so bad!

  25. jferber says:

    Harryg, A rich, arrogant bloated guy is our president. Why do we as a society put up with this shit?

  26. minxx says:

    Good! I hope they expose the creep. I’m keeping my fingers crossed the NYT doesn’t back away.

  27. Lorelai says:

    While he is a filthy, disgusting pig, he is also a wealthy white American man. He will be fine.

  28. What's Inside says:

    Another nasty Hollywood predator who is a soul killer.

  29. Madly says:

    New York Times just released a piece detailing decades of sexual harassment.

  30. trh says:

    In the NYT piece, Ashley Judd very authentically used the word “ask” as a noun (and I hope should pronounced it as “axe” because she landed it like one).

  31. Yara says:

    Guys, would you call actresses who slept with him to further their carriers victims? the names will start to drop,it’s going to get messy, it’s terrible!
    what a gross man i feel bad for his kids, the wife not so much! she gave up her dignity, so her dresses will be worn by his mistresses

  32. magnoliarose says:

    He wouldn’t do anything to Malia. He is a man with two faces, and he isn’t stupid. Some people don’t believe the gossip I am not one of them. I don’t know the whole story about Malia.