Weinsten roundup: London and NYC open investigations on Weinstein, more women come forward



  • The NYPD and the London police have both confirmed that they have opened cases on Weinstein and that they encourage any victims to come forward

  • Keep in mind however that one of the women in the New Yorker piece immediately went to the NYPD who helped get an audio recording of Weinstein harassing her only for the case to be dropped by the D.A.







  • Rose McGowan has been tweeting all week about the Weinstein accusations and Thursday morning her account was suspended

  • Outrage followed though twitter was quick to say that it was because McGowan had tweeted out a person phone number

  • Numerous women came forward to say that they had been stalked, harassed, and had their phone numbers exposed and twitter had done nothing

  • Many celebs including McGowan herself, Chrissy Teigan and Anna Paquin vowing to log off twitter for the whole of October 13





  • Subkoff was trying to make it as an actress in the 90s when Harvey Weinstein pulled her onto his lap before he asked her to leave with him implying that if she had sex with him he would give her parts

  • She believed he blackballed her by calling her difficult to work with when she refused

  • Subkoff gave up on becoming an actress and launched the successful fashion label Imitation of Christ

  • Subkoff directed her first feature film in 2015

  • She said Weinstein also tried to ruin her directorial career by badmouthing her movie to other people in the industry





I want to add my voice of support for the women who have had the courage to speak out against Harvey Weinstein. Like most people in Hollywood, I have worked with him and I'm deeply disappointed in myself for being so oblivious to these devastating experiences of sexual harassment and abuse







  • Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are behind the Oscar winning documentary The Hunting Ground about the epidemic of college rapes.

  • Their film was distributed by the Weinstein Company

  • They ask that AMPAS (Oscar board) rescind Weinstein's membership

  • Also plead for The Weinstein Company to give the proceeds of their film to Weinstein's victims




In the comments section of a Variety article about Cara Delevingne's encounter with Harvey Weinstein someone who signed themselves as Simone Sheffield (Sheffield is indeed an agent, but it's not confirmed whether or not she actually left the comment) wrote the following:

I use to manage Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. While dealing with Harvey I found it comical how hard he tried to get Aishwarya alone. But he was a pig… looked and acted like a “big bully pig”….He asked me to leave the meeting numerous times and I politely declined. When we were leaving his office he cornered me and said “what do I have to do to get her alone?” I told him to “kiss my black ass”. When Ash and I returned to our hotel, I sent Harvey a steel pig trough filled with DIET COKE as a thank you gift for the meeting. Yes, we did do business and Yes, he eventually threatened me. Told me I’d never work in this business, blah blah blah….what I said to him I can’t print. But you can be sure, I never gave him the opportunity to even breathe on my client.

Fox News. Weinstein. The President. Such abuses have gone on way before these creeps and will sadly continue until women feel empowered and protected enough to speak out.

They say there’s strength in numbers…perhaps. BUT it takes only one brave soul to take the first stand. With social media as your platform, that one brave soul will lead an army, in no time.

Brava Ladies….don’t hold back – THE TRUTH. Protect one another. Support one another. Love one another.




Sean Astin's take:

HARVEY WEINSTEIN - - My view

Beyond treating women in a vile, possibly criminal manner, I believe that Harvey Weinstein is a vicious bully who uses rage and the threat of rage to intimidate many many people. I’ve experienced some of his disrespectful (at best) behavior, with my own eyes and spoken to friends and colleagues who came into contact with the man. It is known that Harvey routinely eviscerates filmmakers, producers, agents and performers. Ranting and raving is the guy’s steady state. I think that he is a mean thug with a vindictive and menacing approach to anyone who gets in his way. Such is his reputation.

Rape and sexual perversion, sexual menacing, sexual intimidation are disgusting and where criminal, deserving of prosecution. The thought of Harvey Weinstein behind bars is deeply satisfying, if not fully enlightened.

Everyone is asking how it’s possible that his behavior was allowed to endure for so long. The suggestion is that somehow, women and girls who were subjected to Harvey’s grotesque behavior are in some way complicit. Low hanging media fruit is to attack politicians for accepting donations and other fundraising help from the legendary industry predator.

It’s a pervasive culture. That’s the cry. Everyone says, it’s time for the conversation to start. That ol’ chestnut. The basic themes and salacious reporting usually turn back in on itself and the so called conversation stalls. We all revere successful businessmen. So called “powerbrokers” are lifted up in many ways, financially, socially, politically, personally. All manner of bad behavior is tolerated as long as the hits keep coming, as long as business thrives.

The women who’ve been abused and the women who have spoken out should be celebrated for their courage. I also think that every single person who was bullied and abused in business by Harvey Weinstein should also speak out.

If the story starts and stops with Harvey’s sexual abuses and doesn’t expand to include the heinous behavior that he visited on women and men, in countless ways, throughout the entertainment industry, the full story will not have been told and the opportunity to change the culture will have been left wanting.

This is my hunch, my instinct and my intuition, informed by working for a few decades in the industry, a few direct experiences with him and many many more stories that were very close to me. Harvey was one of the Executive Producers of Lord of the Rings. A couple of years ago, Harvey behaved in an aggressive, insulting and basically rude manner with me on a call. He wanted something from me. I listened politely. I spoke respectfully. And I told him no.

Sincerely,
Sean


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