By: Meghan Malas
Famed movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been disgraced in the media after a New Yorker piece published on October 5, 2017 investigated his repeated instances of sexual harassment and assault on several different women for more than three decades.
Weinstein is the producer of several beloved films including Pulp Fiction, Clerks, The Crying Game, and Shakespeare in Love, and he is the receiver of seven Tony Awards and an Academy Award. However, according to The New York Times, since October 5 more than 20 women, many of which are credited actresses and directors, have come forward with their own horrid encounters with Weinstein.
In the past week, Weinstein has been fired from the production company which he cofounded, and he has been denounced by several high-profile figures. Harvey Weinstein was a major donor to the Democratic Party, and many governmental figures have praised him in the past years. This past week has contrasted that treatment, as many Democrat leaders have condemned Weinstein and his actions and sought to donate Weinstein’s contributions to women’s groups.
Celebrities who have worked with Harvey Weinstein in the past additionally made public comments outlining both the disappointment and shame they felt for not seeing Weinstein’s predatory pattern. It is unclear where this case will go legally. Many women continue to come forward with their own encounters, not only with Harvey Weinstein but with other powerful men in Hollywood. Many women’s rights advocates hope that this event will catalyze a culture of reporting and punishing men who sexually assault or harass women, specifically their female coworkers.