NYT: Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing women for decades

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The Hollywood Reporter published their exclusive on Wednesday afternoon/evening – they said that the New York Times and the New Yorker were both working on Harvey Weinstein stories, deep dives into his decades of shadiness towards employees, towards actresses, towards anyone and everyone. THR said that Weinstein had hired an army of lawyers and crisis managers to help him handle the upcoming stories. I still believed that it was more than possible that no stories would even be published, that Weinstein would find a way to shut it down or minimize the crisis somehow. I also believed that if the stories were published, we were still weeks or months away. Not so. The New York Times just dropped their story this afternoon:

You can read the New York Times article here. It’s called “Decades of Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein.” The lede names Ashley Judd, and it’s clear Judd spoke to the NYT. It’s clear many of Weinstein’s victims spoke to the NYT, some on the record. Good for them. The NYT’s article spoke to women harassed by Weinstein over the course of three decades, at the Weinstein Company and Miramax. Weinstein has settled EIGHT different harassment lawsuits over the years. One of those settlements was with Rose McGowan.

Harvey knew this piece was coming out today. He offered a comment, on the record, for the New York Times: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.” He says he is working with therapists to “deal with this issue.” His lawyer, Lisa Bloom, comes out swinging, saying that “many of the accusations” are false. Weinstein has also announced that he’s taking a “leave of absence” from the Weinstein Company. It might be better if he just steps down entirely. This really does feel like the Bill Cosby situation – now that the first round of names are there, I sincerely hope more women come forward and tell their stories. We will believe you, ladies. Please speak.

Update: I didn’t include the full text of Weinstein’s statement because I thought it was a joke. It’s not a joke. He issued this statement in full and yes, he sounds like a complete psycho.

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  1. courtney says:

    seems to be more than years of harassment, groping women, coercion? beyond sickening. read that article. very disturbing. calling it mere harassment (still very serious offense) doesn’t quite do it justice according to what these women dealt with

  2. minx says:

    He just seems like the quintessential disgusting man who used his power to get women into bed–because he couldn’t get them any other way.

  3. Lucy234 says:

    Why is Lisa Bloom, who helped bring about the vanquishing of lecherous Bill O’Reilly, defending him?
    I guess for her it’s all about the money.

  4. CharlieBouquet says:

    Just read this on HuffPo. Anyone who has a kid wanting to act – this is what you are up against. As he is a rich white dude, I won’t hold my hand on my ass waiting for justice.

  5. CynicalAnn says:

    So disgusting-I’m glad it’s finally out in the open. But too late for all of those young women he attacked. I know Hollywood always had a casting couch-but it’s so hard to believe that he’s gotten away with it all these years.

  6. Eleonore says:

    Finally. I remember reading the leaked emails about the way he abused Gretchen Mol and how she just went along with it because of desperate she was to make it in Hollywood. I remember reading some of the abuse took place with Terry Winter as well (in exchange for a role on Boardwalk Empire. Or maybe just a chance to audition I don’t remember the details).
    Either way he is not the only power player in the business abusing his position. Many do the same. Hopefully more woman will start speaking out.

    • Don't kill me I am French says:

      Gretchen Mol said to a journalist of French Premiere Mag that her lower moment of her career was 3:10 for Yuma filming because nobody on set talked her because of her reputation (only Mangold,Crowe and Bale were polite with her) and during this filming,she understood her reputation.When Weinstein dropped her,he killed her career and her reputation by circulating some bad rumors about her( gold digger/homewecker/whore/nymphomaniac)

    • Adrien says:

      Damn sad. We aren’t really giving Gretchen enough credit but she can really act. Yeah, she was great even in that Bettie Page movie where she appears to be a miscast. We always associate her with that casting couch gossip involving Weinstein.

  7. Indiana Joanna says:

    Poor little Harvey with his “I’m sorry” message doesn’t understand the full scope of his actions and that he is a predator, a sociopath, a monster who used very young women and other people because he had power.

  8. Bridget says:

    I. Am. Shocked.

    Said no one.

  9. Emily says:

    Ahh, and so it finally happens. I’d watch out for the New Yorker’s story (nothing against the Times – I’m a loyal subscriber to both publications, but the New Yorker is peerless these days when it comes to investigative reporting).

    I think we all knew this was going to happen sooner or later. I’m wondering what Georgina Chapman is thinking right now. She’s got to have a plan for this, right?

    ETA:….that statement. Wow. Has he gone off his meds recently? Because that is some wacky rambling.

  10. FriendlyUser says:

    He quoted Jay Z?????? Okay, whatever. The piece claims that Rose McGowan received a settlement and she didn’t just accuse a Hollywood executive of assault, she accused him of rape. I wonder if her new book will flat out name him as her attacker.
    Curious how this will affect the “Harvey girls” who we all know also have had this behavior done to them. I’m curious if anything will come about Gywenth or J-Law.

    • argonaut says:

      He and Jay Z are producing the film adaptation of Lisa Bloom’s book so they’re business partners but I bet Jay isn’t happy Weinstein dragged his name into this crazy statement

      • FriendlyUser says:

        Yea I bet Jay Z is pissed but really is he any different. Didn’t he and Beyonce start up when she was underage. I don’t mind his name being attached to this. IDK why Beyonce stays with him.

      • magnoliarose says:

        She was underage when they started up, but of age when it went public. They weren’t friends. I am surprised anyone believes that PR spin? The talk was there, and it was known and then boom it was scrubbed away.
        That is why she can’t leave because she knows nothing else. When the chance came up to get rid of her father, he did.
        Jay Z and Harvey are cut from the same cloth. He isn’t a good person either.

      • Va Va Kaboom says:

        Yeah, I side-eyed the choice to quote Jay. Especially when you remember all the rumors of his repeated infidelities and his relationship with Rihanna when she was up in coming with his label. Perhaps they were just rumors, but I still wouldn’t have quoted Jay for a statement of this nature.

    • Jess says:

      No Beyoncé was in her early twenties when she began dating Jay. He was in his late twenties/early thirties during the time.

      • ell says:

        yeah, exactly. she was like 20/21 and he’s 12 years older, which yes it’s an age difference, but you’re not a kid at 20.

      • Zeddy says:

        She was 19. Might be old enough to live on her own, but definitely preyed on by someone at their 30s.

      • Artemis says:

        If he could, he would have moved in earlier. They were friends for years, they knew each other well due to being in the music business. However Beyoncé is very traditional, she only had 1 boyfriend prior to Jay. Add to the fact that she was depressed during her teen years at one point due to the amount of pressure that DC fans put on her shoulder (blaming her for former members leaving).
        Her father was also a shark when it came to protecting his daughter and the brand. Never in a million years would he have allowed an R Kelly-Aaliyah type of situation. Her momma would have shown Jay the door too.
        Her and Jay became more serious when she was about to go solo. No doubt she was more vulnerable taking a big risky leap as a black female solo artist. It’s sad how Jay divulged how they got together, Beyoncé seemed very naive as many young women are in their early 20s. Jay rapped how he saw the innocence leave her eyes too. No doubt if B’s family was not so protective, he would have moved in sooner to control and manipulate her like he did. They should have stayed broken up in 2006 tbh, the smartest thing she did was to put her career before this a-hole.

        Everybody in the industry (film and TV) knows Weinstein is POS predator. EVERYBODY. If people reading blogs know, how in the hell would industry people not know??? It’s an open secret. We all know Hollywood destroys young women or ignores them after they turn 30.

        Jay doesn’t care, like many people he only cares about coins and staying relevant. That’s the price of fame above everything else, sacrificing your soul for the coins. And I feel like many young women (like Jlaw, Emma Stone…) who are not seen often when not working do this to stay sane and maintain a level of humanity.

      • Kate says:

        She was 16 when Jay told her father he wanted to date her.

  11. QueenB says:

    The way he admits it is obviously disgusting but it also seems like something bigger may be revealed. Like he needs to get ahead of something. I dont think he would have admitted it if it was only the women in the NYT article.

    • FriendlyUser says:

      I have a feeling Rose McGowan might end up naming him as her rapist in her new book. They were very vague about her situation. They made it clear she got a settlement but not for what. She claimed a Hollywood executive, a powerful one, raped her given who she got a settlement from I have a feeling that might be something happening next.

    • minx says:

      I think you are right about something more coming out.

    • detritus says:

      I’m wondering if JLaw or Catherine Zeta Jones have stated something.
      The name drops in the article were interesting, and I’m not sure if they were pointed because of info, or pointed because of name recognition.

    • Ana says:

      I think he knows after this article more women will start publicly speaking up, like it happened to Bill Cosby. When one victim dares to put a name and face to an accusation, others always feel brave enough to join. So I hope everyone who’s ever been in the path of this disgusting guy comes forward.

      Also, his apology is pathetic. Saying that that was the old ways… I could even understand if he just meant behaviors like sweet talk to women in the office (I see it in old guys in mine too), but it has NEVER been appropriate to invite a woman to your hotel room and tell her to watch you shower. What? The fact he’s even using that excuse makes it worse!

  12. Amelia says:

    Daaaayum. NYT is the one who came out swinging. They got their ducks in a row and came for Harvey. I’m sure Trump has the senate investigating this Fake News as we speak. He’s one man, but this must feel good for so many victimized by him and others that he’s enabled.

  13. Esmerelda says:

    It’s beyond cynical to exploit the recent tragedy to try to reaffirm his liberal credentials. What’s the NRA got to do with it? Go after it if you want to, but maybe don’t mention it in the context of answering accusations of harassment, because it’s irrelevant? So so cynical, it’s disgusting.

  14. Nicole says:

    This is just the beginning I think. And I feel like most people were aware of his history of assault or general sketchiness towards women. There’s more to come

    • SJ says:

      I hope so.
      And I hope to see male and female celebs re-tweeting and sharing the hell out of this article–although I realize that may not happen. I’m sure there’s more victims out there who are too afraid to speak, seeing some celebs stand up to HW might inspire them.

  15. Who ARE These People? says:

    JHC, my husband came of age in the 60s and 70s, as did my man friends, and this is NOT how most men behave.

  16. courtney says:

    strategy 1. blame the era 2. deflect to another important issue (NRA) to detract from your actions 3. appear remorseful #predatorsplaybook

  17. kibbles says:

    I always guessed that a lot of these young starlets who pop out of nowhere and manage to get on the cover of Vanity Fair, or an Oscar, had to get down and dirty with Weinstein first. It’s sickening, and it’s amazing that he hasn’t been exposed sooner, but I imagine everyone in Hollywood knows his poorly kept secrets. It’s simply accepted as part of the games young actresses have to play to become rich and famous.

    • EMAu says:

      That also says something about the starlets who are fine to sacrifice self respect (they probably don’t have any) for one role, where there is no guarantee of a follow up career. Hollywood has always been predatory. This is not new, but a person with integrity will not accept such debasement for one film role or job. They will find another job.
      Remember Hollywood it’s not about one night of ‘sex’ for these moguls, it’s about their perversions, not mere groping. Threesomes, bestiality, sadism, you think about the worst and this is what some starlets will accept. Those who walk away, fade away from the publicity, those who have risen have endured it in the beginning of their careers. There are many horror stories about the type of a sex some starlets will engage in to please a mogul. Stuff a regular person would never engage in – which indicates that some ambitious starlets will do anything for a role – they enable these moguls to continue this behaviour.
      What do most actors answer- when asked in interviews about whether they’ll allow their children to enter the industry? They mostly respond with, “I’ll never allow my child to enter this industry.” They know the reason why, because they’ve either experienced the couch or know about it/turned a blind eye to it (i.e. actors who bypassed it due to having Hollywood connections). It’s not just moguls who are ‘casting couch types’, but lead actors/actresses as well.
      One of the creepiest things I’ve read is about the disappearance of starlet Jean Spangler and her connection to Kirk Douglas.

      • Monica says:

        Nice of you to go and blame the women suffering the abuse. As is expected on this website …can’t believe Ka!ser lets these comments frequently or is to slow to clean them up.

      • Eve V says:

        Yes Emau’s comment is all sorts of wrong but give me a break about the moderating!. Kaiser and the CB crew work their butts off on this site and do a pretty good job of keeping the total trash out.

      • greenmonster says:

        What Monica said…

        Things that make my jaw drop reading your comment:
        1. victim blaming
        2. sexual perversion = threesomes
        3. victim blaming
        4. overestimating chances of an unknown actress if she shuts down a man of Weinstein’s status

        You put so much blame on the women. Are you also blaming women who go out at night wearing tight clothes, dancing, drinking and flirting if they get raped? If a woman gets sexually harassed by her boss and she is too afraid to tell anyone, is this her fault as well? Please listen to women who have gone through harassment/abuse/rape. To quote Lady Gaga at this point ‘Til it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels’. And until you don’t know how it feels to be absolute powerless and/or desperate, please don’t judge others who have been in that position.

      • Natalie S says:

        @Emau. Did you just slut shame Harvey’s victims?

  18. seesittellsit says:

    You don’t say. Newsflash: Harvey is one of the best-known perps in the Casting Couch Universe.

    The Guardian had an article on the pervasiveness of casting couch culture in Hollywood a couple of months ago. Recommend looking it up on their site. The miracle would be if HW was the only one.

    • Don't kill me I am French says:

      SCott Rudin,Brian Singer,Michael bay,Gus van sant,Joel Schumacher and Larry Clark are rumored very involved in casting couch

    • seesittellsit says:

      @Don’t kill me I am French says – the number of Blind Items about HW and the casting couch on CDAN over the years could sink the Queen Mary. And it is not just directors/producers, either: certain actors with a great deal of economic pull insist that someone in the cast be designated as their, er, entertainment during filming. And this isn’t just a straight issue, either: it cuts across all sexual orientations/colors/ages.

      And IMO, the only reason it’s getting any real play now re HW is because he’s had a series of failures, particularly with his Oscar contenders. His own star is dimming and his past is now coming back to bite him where it hurts.

  19. Urs says:

    Rose McGowan’s just tweeted this @rosemcgowan 7m7 minutes ago

    Anyone who does business with __ is complicit. And deep down you know you are even dirtier. Cleanse yourselves.

    • FriendlyUser says:

      She’s doing amazing….

    • Artemis says:

      That’s literally everybody though. Harvey Weinstein IS Hollywood. Harvey Weinstein IS showbusiness. It’s a seedy, greedy and selfish world and Harvey is its human symbol. The most sane and sensible have worked with him in some capacity directly or indirectly, it’s impossible to avoid him. Whether or not all his ‘girls’ have been on the couch, is another debate but being on friendly terms with him is the least these women have to do as so much is about networking and being liked by these big wigs. It all comes down to financing so no matter how great you are and how many people knock on your door to work in a project, if the financing/producing person doesn’t want you , you can kiss the role goodbye.

      He’s scum that should be punished but you cannot take down Weinstein down without realising that means dismantling the whole system which will sadly never happen. Hollywood is the pinnacle of a culture of extreme hedonism, opulence and vanity which both attracts and repulses people for all the right and wrong reasons.

    • Anna says:

      Artemis is 100% percent correct. The Weinstein brothers have produced and distributed a ridiculous amount of films and TV shows.

      Also, I’ve seen reporters saying this story took this many years because they could not get any evidence of the allegations, so even if someone on Harvey’s level–other high powered producer, not an actor or screenwriter–wanted to out them, I’m not sure how they could. Just spilling rumors to a paper with no backup wouldn’t do a thing.

    • Anna says:

      [Also...as much as I'd like to forget this, McGowan worked with a known pedo director--Victor Salva--just a few years ago.]

    • magnoliarose says:

      That is the thing with this story it is so murky and ugly with some gray areas about the people involved except for HW. We know he is a skeevey lecher.

  20. holly hobby says:

    Ok since he admitted to improper behavior, then why is Lisa Bloom suing? Can you sue if your client pretty much said, “yep, I did it and I’m sorry?”

  21. teacakes says:

    I’m completely unsurprised. Good riddance to bad rubbish, and I hope it sticks and he doesn’t slime his way back into the industry like that film blogger Faraci or whatever.

  22. Venus says:

    How long has he “been trying to do better,” ffs? The last accusation is from 2015. Dude, the 1960s were FIFTY years ago.

  23. Gene123 says:

    I think its going to come out that a BIG name (bigger than Rose Mcgowan or Ashley Judd) was paid off and thats why he tried to get ahead of this with his statement. This is the tip of the iceberg

    also hes trying to sue the NYT but they arent gawker, they would never write this without getting everything verified and locked up tight

  24. SM says:

    Well he does sound like a psycho but at least it is refreshing to get an admission and not a usual crap of “she is after me for fame and money” every other male celebrlty has pulled

  25. Louise says:

    Is he still married? If so, I wonder how much longer that will last.

  26. thaisajs says:

    Ashley Judd and all those other women who spoke with the NYT for the win.

    As a former reporter, I can’t tell you how important it was for those (amazing) Times reporters to have someone of Judd’s stature come forward on the record to say what she said. It gives every editor and NYT lawyer more confidence in publishing, especially when they found other women who spoke on the record about their experiences. Kudos all around. I hope he crawls into a hole and doesn’t come out.

  27. Mel says:

    I’m glad those women were willing to go on record. I’m waiting to read the NYT story and the New Yorker as well, but this was one of the worst kept secret in Hollywood (can we even call it a secret?)

  28. ValM99 says:

    This is why we always question actresses who get too close to Harvey! Everyone cried sexism but I knew he was a pig who exploited women. His whole obsession with JLaw and Alicia Vikander, and their sporadic rise to fame was questioning. Not saying they aren’t talented but men like Harvey don’t latch on to beautiful young actresses bc their simply talented. His wife probably knew about his nasty ways too. Disgusting 🤢

    • Sad says:

      Don’t forget Nicole Kidman a very good friend of his


      Oh please, Jennifer was an oscar nominee with a leading role in a huge franchise when she started working with Weinstein.

      Also, there’s a world of difference between “He’s a vile, sleazy piece of shit who uses his position to coerce women into sleeping with him/worse” & “She’s a whore who’s f***ed her way to the top”.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I can’t take the defenders of JLaw acting like she is some babe in the woods. The girl is not and is famous for liaisons. Whenever someone is pushed that hard there are reasons beyond talent that has helped them along. Some women do it and think it is worth it. Don’t make someone a victim who isn’t because it is not fair for true victims.

      Gwenyth comes to mind. She was all in for quite a long time, but she comes from a different world. She is not desperate and was born with plenty of options but wanted more.

      I could never do that and have no regrets even if it meant losing out but again I am not desperate and have the luxury of choice. Women in many professions are confronted with this every single day, and it just needs to stop.

      • Ksenia says:

        @magnoliarose: Whether or not JLaw is a “babe in the woods” is not the point. If she did sleep w Weinstein to be able to work, she is still a victim of the man, and of the hideously misogynistic patriarchy that is Hollywood. Marilyn Monroe, in her later life, talked of the ubiquitous “casting couch”–she confessed to having been on it but only so that she could work in a career she considered her vocation. She didn’t *choose* to have that huge, ugly impediment to her ability to work, so she *was* one of Hollywood’s victims, just as JLaw has allegedly been–and dozens of others. To dismiss them as non victims b/c your own self vaunted sense of morality would not allow *you* to land on a casting couch is in this case irrelevant; some young women have a deep rooted desire to work in entertainment, and the “casting couch” is so numbingly prevalent that it’s something that many of them are willing to grimly endure to reach their life’s goals and dreams. Isn’t that something ALL women should be able to do, freely, w/out having to play by the “boy’s rules?” Aren’t all women being ruled by the same manipulators, no matter how differently we sometimes try to fight them? Shouldn’t we be united, not divided? To say that women like JLaw are not “true victims” is dangerous, sexist, and unfair; they are very much the victims of the ugly patriarchy of Hollywood and of society at large—only in a magnified, enlarged, exaggerated world. So your condemningly stating such things as “JLaw is famous for liaisons” (and thus, should garner none of our sympathy?) is outright victim blaming, And to then add about sexual harassment “it just needs to stop”, while blaming some of the very women who are subjugated to such terrible manipulation, is not only uncompassionate, it’s absurd, for you’ve broadly condemned some of the actual victims of the actions you say need to end.

  29. Veronica says:

    Powerful, wealthy white man feels entitled to abuse the people around him? *gasp* Who could imagine such a thing?

  30. Sad says:

    A couple weeks ago usweekly had an article about celebrities gearing up to defend him against some shady charity deal he made with amfar- George Clooney, Heidi klum, Naomi Campbell, Ryan gosling and johnny depp were names. Will they defend him against this or stay quiet because they know it’s true and they’ve known for years 🤔

    • Artemis says:

      LMAO, how many of them work and defend with Woody Allen or signed that petition for Roman Polanski?These people are not shy showing their true colours when they think the long-term benefits for their career and bank account are worth more than short-term disadvantages i.e. public scrutiny. Just wait for it, you’ll see soon who is working with him for a new project. I’ve given up on having ‘faves’. Once you’re in Hollywood, there’s no way you come out of it without sacrificing part or your whole soul for that fame and money.

  31. Sam Lewis says:

    That has to be one of the most juvenile, pathetic, white boy excuses I have ever read. “Be patient with me on my journey.” Bitch, a journey to what? NOT ABUSING PEOPLE? It’s not a journey. Keep your fucking hands to yourself, don’t sexually harass people, and be a god damn professional.

    What a loser.

  32. Moon says:

    I’m wondering who Harvey pissed off, because the times has been dropping a lot of receipts on him lately. I find it hard to believe this is the first amfar event that is shady, and his dealings with women were an open industry secret for years.

    Jlaw is successful enough to dodge this, but Alicia vikander is toast.

    • Giu says:

      LMAO What has Harvey done for Vikander?! I’m appalled at some comments here. Do you realize that none of her high-profile movies are linked to him in any way? And it’s even more baffling when her only movie released by his company has been dumped for three years and she didn’t even promote it. What should Lawrence dodge?!

    • Mia4s says:

      Wow what a grossly misogynistic statement @Moon. So you’re saying Lawrence will need to dodge this because Weinstein bought her her Oscar? Or do you assume her nude pictures were meant for him? If she’s a victim she’s a victim and should continue to work regardless. What’s with the Vikander obsession? (God I don’t even like her, you people are making me defend Alicia Vikander! 🙄). He didn’t produce her Oscar movie. So if she’s toast I assume you think Zendaya is too? Jessica Chastain? Emma Watson? Not Weinstein Oscar winners (just like Vikander is not) but all worked for or seen in his company. Are they all toast? Why are you putting this on the women?

      • Kate says:

        It’s amazing how people pick and choose who supposedly benefited from the ‘casting couch’ (read: coerced sex) and who didn’t.

        It always just ends up being a list of actresses people here don’t like or think are overrated (GOOP, Vikander, JLaw), while the many, many other likely victims are never mentioned. Amy Adams for example. Weinstein has worked with her and supported her Oscar campaigns repeatedly. He even did a huge Oscar push for her for Big Eyes a few years ago, even though the film sucked and she obviously had no chance. No raised eyebrows about that, because people like her.

        It says a lot about how people are viewing the actresses as complicit, rather than as victims of a predator. People are only happy to speculate and spread rumours about those they don’t like, as though it’s a stain on their character.

    • EMAu says:

      How do you think JLaw got the roles she got – from the beginning? I’m not saying she went through Weinstein, but it had to be someone else.
      She is nothing special as an actress. Hollywood or any film industry (for newbie actors to make it) is about three things: money, nepotism or casting couch. If one doesn’t have the connections, the money, if one doesn’t have either of those two, the casting couch. Moguls don’t care for acting talent.
      Actors don’t actually have to be ‘in films’ produced by moguls to ‘go through the moguls’ (for want of a better term).

      • Cassie 231 says:

        Lawrence was an Oscar nominee at 20 for Winter’s Bone. The idea she could only have got where she is now because of Weinstein is grotesquely sexist.

      • Monica says:

        She worked her away and started in shitty shows and then got supporting parts in movies before her lead breakout in Winter’s Bone. Now stop accusing women of the casting couch its nagl

      • EMau says:

        Cassie I’m not linking her to Weinstein, but this industry is the way it is.
        I had a friend who had an acting ambition. She ‘auditioned’ for a director for some unknown film, a really minor work of no consequence. Experimental.
        What he did? He plied her with alcohol, had the camera running, and sat there with her and started groping her. Now I don’t know if she was roofied, but what she said the following day was that she was hazy on the details.
        And this is for an independent film that would probably not see the light of day. Imagine bigger films?

    • Monica says:

      Quit bringing women into the downfall of a man. Man what is wrong with you people? Speaks volumes that you guys always do this to women on this site…

  33. Jamie42 says:

    The NYT story seemed oddly restrained to me; punches seem to be pulled here. Not that what is admitted isn’t terrible, but I too suspect that something more is coming.

  34. Jenns says:

    He’ll be back and he’ll be just fine.

    Men like him always are.

  35. anon1 says:

    I hope there were no children/underage teenagers involved. That won’t surprise me, from Hollywood.. after polanski and allen.

  36. Sara says:

    Not only did Weinstein abuse Gretchen Mol, I also heard that he had other big wigs in Hollywood abuse her too. That she was his “toy” to do what he wanted with because she was so desperate to make it in the business. That he passed her around. Pretty sick to do that to her and I’m sure to others.
    I heard these rumors years ago when her career was almost gone and I remember not many papers believed this. I guess it was true.
    Wasn’t Monica Potter abused by him too? I also remembers rumors about her too.

  37. mac says:

    He is a rich predator. I was sad when he was not prosecuted but not surprised.

  38. minxx says:

    Alicia Vikander’s career is over. She owes everything to him. JLaw at least has a talent and charisma, she won’t be tainted by this.

    • Mia4s says:

      What in the world are you on about? He had nothing to do with the Danish Girl. He did however procure Oscars and was the architect of the campaigns for Jennifer Lawrence, Gwenyth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, Rene Zellwegger, and some other very big names. Sadly that’s why I doubt any of those women will speak against him. In Hollywood terms they “owe” him.

      If he had a hand in her career, so what? Both Emma Watson and Zendaya were seen in his wife’s designs and at his table at events/restaurants. Jessica Chastain has done numerous films he produced. Name an actress and she has a connection; and then stop this misogynistic BULL about anyone’s career being “over”. His career and his career alone should suffer.

    • Shirley says:

      I think she will be fine, she already had a name for herself in European non English speaking movies.

      She is really good in a royal affair with Mads Mikkelsen, some taint will no doubt remain attached in Hollywood though.

    • Don't kill me I am French says:

      Everyone in Hollywood worked for Weinstein Company.Everyone worked directly or indirectly for Weinstein .Harvey W has more 340 credits as producer or executive producer.

      • Artemis says:

        This. Weinstein is the establishment, good luck getting rid of him. He represents both Old and New Hollywood. It used to be the studios holding their actors ransom, now it’s the producers.

        At the end of the day, the actors aren’t paying for everything, where the money flow comes from, that is the source of the real power as that is where the projects starts and/or ends. So without these abusive a-holes getting the projects made, Hollywood will cease to exist but so will its glamour and faux-prestige. I think deep down, lots of stars would be unwilling to admit they rather stay stars than speak out about ALL the evils (Woody, Polanski, all the friggin’ producers in that town etc…). Men run that town, men run the Oscars, they run everything. And there’s always a desperate girl or boy trying to make it and be something to sustain this seedy system that thrives on power imbalances. It it fair? No, but a lot of things in life aren’t fair.

        I just hope that Harvey’s ‘girls’ aren’t scrutinized more than he is but I feel when somebody needs to be thrown under a bus, it will always be the youngwomen connected to him. Much easier than trying to correct the system by putting the blame where it belongs.

    • Jamie42 says:

      This statement comes straight out of the nonsense that has surrounded Vikander since she began dating Fassbender. It doesn’t matter to this group that Danish Girl is not a Weinstein film. Sad that anyone would see an attack on Vikander or any actress as an appropriate response to Weinstein’s behavior.

      • Giu says:

        Yes,and it’s sad and pathetic. He has never done anything for her career. The Danish Girl is a Focus Features film. Everyone know they campaigned for her. Ex Machina is A24 and the awards attention she got for that movie was fueled by critics’ support. With the exception of Tulip Fever,which was shot after her critically acclaimed performances in Anna Karenina and A Royal Affair,none of her films have connections with his company. But if an actress is invited to present her own film (Tulip Fever),she becomes a “Harvey’s girl”. Appalling. It’s almost grotesque considering that it has been on the shelf for three years.

      • Mia4s says:

        Oh my god is this still the Fassbender thing? I’m really surprised he has Twihards, his work just seemed a bit too “out there” for that. Is it from X-Men?

        Here’s the rub folks: Fassbender’s been sleeping with this Alicia chick for several years now. Yes they will probably get married next month or whatever the reports say. Yes she’ll probably have his baby. It happens. Build a bridge, get over it.

        Yet another thing to thank a Hollywood misogynists for: I’m stuck defending boring Alicia Vikander! Oh joy.

      • Monica says:

        thank you. i can’t believe actresses are being dragged into HIS mess.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “Sad that anyone would see an attack on Vikander or any actress as an appropriate response to Weinstein’s behavior. ”

        Yes, this x 100000000

    • Anna says:

      Wow some people are really desperate to see women fail.

  39. Urs says:

    I’m curious to see if actresses will come out and publicly support him.

    He’s suing the NYT and donating the proceeds to Women’s organisations.

    “I’m sorry for what did. I’m going to sue you for reporting it”

    You couldn’t make this up………

  40. EMAu says:

    What a surprise, said no one.
    The casting couch is alive and thriving in Hollywood. Now I’m betting there are other male moguls/producers who won’t make some male actors stars or give them projects unless they too ‘engage’ favourably with them.

  41. Sam the Pink says:

    Lisa Bloom’s statement is such sniveling BS from a craven publicity hound.

    I know a lot of old dinosaurs. I work with plenty of men in their 60s, 70s or beyond, even. None of them have ever sexually harassed me. They are, on average, quite gentlemanly. Age is not, and never has been, an excuse. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that exposing oneself, or groping, is not nice behavior. What has changed is that women are more likely today to report, or speak out, largely due to cultural changes. He has no excuses for his actions, and Bloom’s inane defense of him reeks of somebody who stands to lose a lot if Harvey goes down in flames.

    I do have to think how this will impact Hollywood and politics too – Harvey was a massive donor and big time facilitator for the Democratic party. Plenty of Dems have gotten donations from him or one of the organizations he promotes. I wonder, especially after the party went hard against Trump on his own sexual harassment issues, how many of them will shun Harvey and his money (up to including returning donations they’ve already received)? The Left shouldn’t be open to being made to look like hypocrites on this one – if we were willing to come down hard on Trump for this stuff, the same needs to happen now, even if the guy is on our “side.”

  42. Lala says:

    His harassment was so well known that I thought this was already out? Is this officially exposing him for the first time? Wow.

  43. Layla says:

    I don’t know how these actresses and other women dealt with it. My god what a filthy swine.

  44. 1801anan says:

    The part about being a better man for his children is quite rich. One of his kids lives next door and she is a bit odd, nothing wrong with that, just makes for a strange neighbor situation. I’m curious how this is going to impact her, how his behavior in the past has impacted her for that matter. I know that she’s proud of him but she must be going through some major mental gymnastics to make his behavior toward her and her sisters gel with how horribly he has treated other females.

    • Mimi says:

      None of this is new or shocking, which is why it was surprising that the Obamas let their precious daughter Malia intern with his company.

      • CynicalAnn says:

        This! They have to have known what he was like if we all had heard the rumors. Not that I think he was going to be assaulting Malia-but why in the world would you want her in that environment??

      • MousyB says:

        Thats what I dont get. If us gossip mongers knew the rumors, they have the intel to really know what was going on. Hell, he was accused as recently as 2015! What were they thinking….

      • Emily says:

        I’m shocked by this too. I don’t believe for a second that someone didn’t brief them up on Weinstein. It’s the most open secret around. It’s very, very strange that they let Malia intern for him. I’m not suggesting that Malia might have been a target for Weinstein. It’s how careful the Obamas have been/are about their reputation – keeping it scandal free and squeaky clean. (I don’t think there were ever any scandals to hide tbh but it’s how careful they were in how they conveyed themselves to the public). It just doesn’t add up for me.

  45. Ana says:

    I’m glad this finally came up publicly, but it’s definitely NOT news. Everyone who works in the industry and the media has been hearing about this for ages. Weinstein is the guy that always comes up in blind items about producers harassing women. He’s the Trump of the liberals, except more careful with his words in public. And also, Hillary Clinton was perfectly aware of his reputation and still let him do fundraisers for her because like every other politician out there, she doesn’t do what she says.

    • Sam the Pink says:

      Jake Tapper just tweeted the same – this was common knowledge among the A-list and Hollywood “elite.” Nothing about this is news. And it does such awful damage, because, any celebrity who tries to speak out on issues threatened by the GOP can just basically have it thrown back in their faces that they probably knew about Harvey and did/said nothing. The whole of the film industry looks like a bunch of rank, gross hypocrites (and that’s kind of deserved, if we’re being honest). The Right of Twitter is going BONKERS over this – and it’s not wholly unjustified. If you spoke out against Trump but knew about this, you are kind of a hypocrite. This is going to have massive repercussions for a lot of people, I think.

      • Anna says:

        I just mentioned this above—do what, exactly? Without any victims willing to come forward publicly–not that I blame them–you can’t do anything as a third party with what amounts to rumors.

      • Ana says:

        @Anna what about staying away from guys who treat women like that and not use their money when you’re championing women rights? But I guess when you stay married to Bill you really learn to close your eyes and pretend nothing is happening.

      • Sam the Pink says:

        Anna – this was not “rumor” in the industry. It was known facts. It was rumors for the average person, but not for people in the industry. They KNEW. The Gretchen Mol story has been out for ages – they knew.

        And people had choices – to work with him or not. To be friends with him or not. Especially A-listers, who didn’t need him to get by. He traded on his social connections and friends for a long time. Or, oh, at the very least, don’t be hypocrites – if you’re going to bash Trump for his sexual harassment and assaults, make sure none of your liberal besties is doing the same stuff – because that makes you look like a nasty little hypocrite and fuels the right-wing fire.

      • Anna says:

        I get what you mean, Sam the Pink, but it was essentially rumor. It’s nothing more than rumor until someone backs it up, if that makes sense. If you weren’t on the same power level of him–few were–you would need to go to the press, and you couldn’t without substantiating. That’s why this story took so long; the press was having trouble getting any evidence for years.

        I do agree A-listers didn’t need to work with him but will note that as a distributor too, he could always just buy their movies anyway. It is just a mess.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I guess irony is lost on the right. It isn’t just HW it is all over and in the White House. In Congress.

        The old joke is politics is Hollywood for ugly people. There are plenty of lechers running around DC doing the same thing. Religious leaders or Pro-life Congressmen. The latest is the 3rd very conservative Congressman to be exposed for forcing abortions on mistresses.

        No one is clean. No one needs to feel vindicated because it should be about protecting women not right or left.

    • Ana says:

      @magnoliarose I don’t know why you’re making this about left and right politics. It’s not an irony, and everyone knows Hollywood and politics are full of this BS. The point here is the hypocrisy of people who condemn someone for a behavior while being close with others who do the same thing. In this blog some people defend Hillary to death, and I assure you she was well aware of Harvey’s misdeeds. Being a person in power, she could have done more to stop him than his vulnerable victims, yet there she is, hugging him in pictures. It really bugs me when a woman who claims to be a champion of women turns a blind eye when it’s convenient. There’s a female president in a South American country who has buried all the sexual harassment complaints inside her government while making speeches about violence against women. It’s disgusting. And you’re right, no one is clean. Then stay quiet and don’t show your hypocrisy to the world.

  46. Ana says:

    I’m glad this finally came up publicly, but it’s definitely NOT news. Everyone who works in the industry and the media has been hearing about this for ages. Weinstein is the guy that always comes up in blind items about producers harassing women. He’s the Trump of the liberals, except more careful with his words in public. And also, Hillary Clinton was perfectly aware of his reputation and still let him do fundraisers for her because like every other politician out there, she doesn’t do what she says.

  47. Helen Smith says:

    Snow is cold, rain is wet and Harvey says oink, oink. Disgusting pig.

    These rumors have been around for decades. I wondered when the pig you know what was going to hit the fan.

    Just go on the Google machine and type “Harvey’s Girls.”

  48. 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

    • Monica says:

      umm yes? There is a power imbalance and he took advantage of them. Read the article–some didn’t even know what he was doing was wrong b/c of our f-cked up culture

      • magnoliarose says:

        Yes and no.
        It is up to the woman to define her situation but on a larger scale Yes because he held enormous power over quality projects and awards. Then No because other choices could be made and then Yes…on and on.
        But there are loads of women involved, and there is no question whatsoever, but some of these will be women without fame and got nothing for their degradation but lies.

  49. Bella bella says:

    People have known about this for ages. People have known about Gretchen Mol for ages. Maybe finally we’ve reached the tipping point for people like Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby, and every other powerful man in the film and television industry who felt his job description included sexually molesting any female employee. I hope they all come tumbling down like dominoes. I hope it stops. I am doubtful it will but would be thrilled if it did. Too bad no one cared about 45′s inclusion in that list.

    • Monica says:

      45′s election says it all. SOCIETY DOES NOT CARE. As long as its not their daughter/wife/mother/sister/etc, they’re not caring–also this includes women. See the women who voted for Trump

      • Sandy says:

        Shut up already about Trump. People had to choose between Trump and Clinton for President. Not much of a choice. They picked the lesser evil. Clinton is a traitor and the most anti women person of the last century in the country. She laughed about getting a little girls rapist off for Heavens sake. The election is over – Get over it! Your obsession with throwing his name in anything anytime you can is questionable and quite frankly pathetic!

      • magnoliarose says:

        He is a dishonest businessman who has betrayed this country, has numerous bankruptcies and no American bank will loan to him anymore because he doesn’t pay his bills. He is a million times worse than every single accusation you make against the Clintons, and there is plenty of proof as in court documents.
        The story about Hilary is a lie and a stupid conspiracy theory. She is imperfect and wasn’t my first choice but at least I based it on policies and not lies, and when it came down to it I knew not to vote for one of the biggest con artist thugs in New York who is also a failed businessman and an actual rapist.
        I know I am wasting my time but one day you will wake up and realize the mistake you made and you will see what he is and what he has done.

        We won’t shut up and have a right to say what we think and know. If it bothers you maybe you should ask yourself why. You might also want to add up how much taxpayer money he and his administration have cost us since January.

    • catchme says:

      I just hope Woody Allen/Polanski/Bryan Singer are next.

    • Mac says:

      Let’s not forget another Bill, Bill Clinton.

  50. Ellis says:

    Where there’s rape, there’s fire. I hope the other women he did that to take this golden opportunity to come forward. Don’t take the money he offers, nail the psychopath. And we will be behind them 100%, no more victim blaming. Women like Bloom and Chapman put us right back behind the 8 ball for supporting misogynistic beasts like this.

  51. Helen Smith says:

    I wonder when Hollywood pedophiles will be taken down.

    Corey Haim and Feldman need their day in the sun on this issue.

  52. Sid says:

    Magnoliarose you seem to have info on Georgina, mind spilling? How does she deal with this in her own twisted way?

  53. Sara says:

    In other obvious news, the sky is blue.

  54. LaBlah says:

    Crisis mgt 101, offer vague apologies for “hurt” caused and acknowledge that you’re working on being a bit nicer. No specific mention of what you’re actually accused of, namely rape and monstrous sexual harassment. Fuck you Harvey, throwing out this idea of making movies you assume will make progressive people ignore your crimes against women.

    PS – folks please stop using the word starlet, good rule of thumb, if there’s no male equivalent to a word it’s a gender insult

  55. Sid says:

    I’ve liked georgina based on project runway and some interviews. She must really be a great actress because I can’t reconcile that’s personality with the one who married Harvey and is staying with him.

    I hope she leaves, takes the kids and tell all.,

  56. Mannori says:

    I feel like sadly the industry powers to be will end up protecting him, because he’s not the only one who’s a predator: a huge amount of men in showbiz: actors, producers directors execs…all of them, as soon as they get a small amount of power they will use it to get pussy, that’s sadly the majority. Some of them will be harmless some of them won’t, but they all end up using that power to some extent, small or big they get, to get laid. So Harvey will pull of for sure a “If I go down you all come with me” type of BS. Is men’s mentality as predators and their use of power and women’s low standards of dignity and self-esteem what it needs to change. Specially in showbiz, of course that’s just a mirror of society.

  57. Tess says:

    I didn’t get the statement at all (lost me at the last paragraph) until someone else’s comment explained the formula. Thanks!

  58. jugil1 says:

    This guy’s game is so transparent. First, he quotes Jay-Z trying to create some symbolic similarities between them. Secondly, he issues some half ass apology & hires Lisa Bloom who is symbolic to women’s causes. Finally, he throws in a threat to go after the NRA hoping that gets him some points to align himself with those in his circles.

    He’s a manipulator & a liar. He can shade it however he wants, but no one should buy his “apology”.

    Also, Lisa Bloom demanded Bill O’Reilly be held accountable (which I totally agree with) but somehow Harvey should get to skate on his actions. Lisa Bloom needs to be cancelled too.

    • Katenotkatie says:

      The fact that he spends the majority of his statement talking about himself is so, so telling. Narcissistic predators will only ever feel sorry for themselves – they’ll prostrate themselves and go on about their “demons” and how they want to be better, but they get so caught up in the performance of remorse that they completely forget about all those they’ve violated. HW doesn’t give a sh*t about the women he’s abused, only about himself and his status. May he and all those complicit in his violence rot in hell.

      Also: I noticed yesterday that Chloe Sevigny posted an excerpt from his statement on her IG story and added a little statuette emoji (as in, Oscars) – but she’s since taken it down. I wonder what she knows or has experienced at his hands?

  59. Pam says:

    Whose the pedo that molested kids like Cory Feldman? Cory was going to write a book but stopped because he didn’t want to be sued