Most Harvey Weinstein friends and associates have remained silent for way too long. 

Most waited almost a week to say anything at all. Jimmy Kimmel, like Ben Affleck was quite sanctimonious as he peered down his nose at Weinstein.


“Who is Harvey Weinstein?” is a perfectly acceptable question in light of a bombshell story The New York Times broke that reported decades of his alleged serial sexual harassment and settlements with women in Hollywood.

By Stephen L. Miller

Putting it bluntly, Harvey Weinstein, for a time, was the most powerful producer and studio head in Hollywood. He is almost singlehandedly responsible for the indie-to-mainstream film explosion in the 90’s (backing “Pulp Fiction,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Shakespeare in Love” to name just a few examples). His influence in Hollywood is unparalleled.

Affleck, Weinstein, Damon

But it’s his influence out of Hollywood that has parts of media and the political left flummoxed to the point of silence. Weinstein, fresh off producing a media-hailed documentary titled “The Hunting Ground,” about sexual assault on college campuses, has also taken a leave from his production company, The Weinstein Company. Who would have guessed the only real hunting ground, according to women interviews by the newspaper, was Harvey Weinstein’s casting couch?

 



Ashley Judd

Actress and dedicated liberal women’s rights activist Ashley Judd went on record for the New York Times story, which states: ‘Two decades ago, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula 

Beverly Hills hotel for what the young actress expected to be a business breakfast meeting. Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower, she recalled in  an interview.


 


Barack Obama

“ ‘How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?’ Ms. Judd said she remembers thinking.”

Weinstein has amassed a small army of professional political spin doctors, image consultants and PR wizards to help blunt any damage from the allegations of settled lawsuits involving several actresses. He has even gone so far as threatening legal action against the Times for its report, calling in favors from the highest ranks of Democratic party operatives.


Hillary Clinton, Harvey Weinstein

After fundraising almost $650,000 for Barack Obama and a few thousand more for Hillary Clinton,

 

Weinstein was bound to earn some favors, including advice to blame the NRA for his transgressions.

 




Lanny Davis

Lawyer Lanny Davis was defending Weinstein, which was great because Davis has experience in defending important people from sexual abuse allegations – most prominently President Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Also advising Weinstein was Democratic powerhouse PR firm SKDKnickerbocker Managing Director and former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn.

Anita Dunn

SKDK ran interference for Planned Parenthood when undercover videos inside the organization hit the media last year. SKDK also ran promotions for the Women’s March against Donald Trump’s inauguration this past January, where Ashley Judd was a prominent speaker. SKDK insisted Weinstein was not a client in any capacity, which was technically true, as Dunn had stated she is advising Weinstein “pro-bono”. 

Another attorney advising Weinstein was Lisa Bloom (whom has since resigned from the obligation of aiding in Weinstein’s defense). If that name sounds familiar it’s because Bloom has made waves recently both organizing the campaign against Bill O’Reilly when he was at Fox News and representing victims against comedian and actor Bill Cosby (Lisa Bloom is Gloria Alred’s daughter).

Gloria Alred and her daughter Lisa Bloom

Bloom’s advocacy on behalf of victims seems to stop at the water’s edge of where principled stands for victims end and politics begins. One other slightly important detail regarding Bloom?

Weinstein has optioned Lisa Bloom’s book for a mini-series. Convenient.

For a side of the aisle that has been grandstanding about the rights of women who made accusations against President Handmaid’s Tale, Weinstein’s Democratic defenders sure don’t seem all that concerned with the rights of women who report being victimized by their biggest donors.

With Weinstein’s political influence came close connections to the Obama White House as well, meeting with then President Obama 13 times. At a gathering, former First Lady Michelle Obama described Weinstein, who was in attendance as,

“a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse.” Malia Obama, upon exiting the White House and appearing to show an interest in the film industry, took an internship with The Weinstein Company.

Malia Obama should be left out of any debate concerning her father’s loyalty and his relationship to Weinstein.

But the question has to be asked, if people are claiming that Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment was the worst-kept secret in the media and Hollywood for years, then why was he allowed repeatedly to wield influence this close to the former president and his family?

Democrats en masse are rushing to return or donate campaign do

nations they received from Weinstein. These include the biggest names considered possible presidential candidates in 2020, like Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey, who have vowed to donate their

Corey Booker,

contributions from Weinstein to charity.

Another prominent Democrat who met with Weinstein prior to publication of The New York times story was rising star Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who took a private meeting with Weinstein in the Hamptons in July.

On top of Democratic politicians embracing Weinstein for years, is the question of how, if Weinstein’s alleged behavior was such an open secret for so long, did this go unnoticed and unreported in media?

Elizabeth WArren, Weinstein, Al Franken

In the wake of the New York Times article, reporter Rebecca Traister wrote in The Cut: “I have been having conservations about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment for more than 17 years.”

Discussing an incident that she says took place in 2000, Traister wrote that Weinstein called her a vulgar name referring to women when he complained about a question she asked, and then attacked her reporting colleague and then-boyfriend Andrew Goldman when Goldman tried to calm Weinstein down and get an apology.

Kamala Harris went to the Hamptons to meet Weinstein

 

“Weinstein went nuclear, pushing Andrew down a set of steps inside the Tribeca Grand – knocking him over with such force that his tape recorder hit a woman, who suffered a long-term injury – and dragging Andrew, in a headlock, onto Sixth Avenue,” Traister wrote.

 


Rebecca Traister

Traister added that Weinstein was so powerful back then and “there were so many journalists on his payroll, working as consultants on movie projects, or as screenwriters, or for his magazine” that he was able to suppress the new coverage of the incident, even though news photographers captured photos of his actions.

“After that incident … I began to hear from lots of other people, now other reporters, who were working, often for years, to nail down the story of Harvey’s sexual abuses,” Traister wrote.

Democracy was apparently not only dying in darkness, but needed a defibrillator when it came to Harvey Weinstein.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden

Both media and the entertainment figures were happy to applaud Vice President Joe Biden taking the stage at the Oscars last year on behalf of his “It’s On Us” campaign against sexual assault.

They called on everyone to speak up and join Biden, President Obama and survivors of abuse in taking the pledge to “intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given.”

But as reported in The Daily Beast, in the wake of the Weinstein settlements, Hollywood has been rendered mute.

Lena Dunham Amber Tamblyn Rose McGowan

There are those who have spoken out in defense of Judd since publication of the New York Times article. They including noted feminist, writer, director and actress Lena Dunham, along with actress Rose McGowan. Both deserve credit for doing so, as well as Ashley Judd, who has risked her career by going on record against a man who has employed some of her closest friends and allies to defend him.

Still silent is a media industry too dependent and obsessed with access to the upper echelon of Hollywood and its stars for content, and who have no problem lecturing America from their late-night talk show stages about health care or guns but are unable to find words of criticism when it comes to one of their own.

Remember that come this February, when Jimmy Kimmel is hosting another Oscar show where people in an industry that covered up for Weinstein for decades are once again lecturing us about the virtues of Hollywood, and the tolerant progressivism that comes with it. 

 


Harvey Weinstein‘s employment contract reportedly said that the movie mogul could treat someone “improperly” as long as he shelled out money for damages.

The disgraced studio head’s 2015 contract specified how he could violate The Weinstein Company’s “Code of Conduct” if he reimbursed them for any settlements or judgements, according to TMZ.

“You [Weinstein] will pay the company liquidated damages of $250,000 for the first such instance, $500,000 for the second such instance, $750,000 for the third such instance, and $1,000,000 for each additional instance,” the contract states, according to the website.

A board member who negotiated the contract told TMZ that they had known Weinstein settled lawsuits, but they assumed it was to cover up consensual affairs with women.

Since the company did not live up to the letter of the contract/agreement by firing him before he met his maximum allowed sexual assaults the company jumped the gun and will likely wind up having to give him back his job and he may actually wind up with a settlement and it may be that the company winds up going belly up since they cost him his job without due process.



Hollywood enabled Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, is lawyer-shopping for her divorce from the disgraced movie mogul.

A source tells us that she’s in talks with New York power firm Pryor Cashman, which has represented celebrities including Kanye West, Wendy Williams and Sylvester Stallone as well as companies such as EMI and Lionsgate Films.

The firm’s home to well-respected divorce lawyer Judith Poller, who repped Scarlett Johansson in her divorce from Romain Dauriac, as well as Drew Barrymore in her split from Will Kopelman. The firm also repped artist George Condo’s wife, Anna, in their divorce.

But a rep for the legal firm e-mailed us on Thursday that “as of this time, we have NOT been retained by Georgina Chapman.”

 
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