STORIES about Harvey Weinstein, the mogul who brought best-picture winners “Shakespeare in Love” and “The King’s Speech” to the screen, had been whispered around Hollywood for years. Famous actresses warned others about his behaviour. Powerful men—stars, studio bosses, talent agents—had heard that he mistreated women. So had some journalists. Yet Mr Weinstein reigned among them as a king of independent film, able to make and break the careers of young women.
Until now. On October 5th the New York Times detailed allegations of sexual harassment by Mr Weinstein over decades, including eight settlements with women. On October 10th the New Yorker published an account of multiple allegations of rape and other sexual misconduct by Mr Weinstein. Many of the allegations involved Mr Weinstein scheming to be alone in a hotel room with a young actress while he was dressed only in a bathrobe. Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie also went…Continue reading