The Long Fall Of Harvey Weinstein

The alleged victim in the rape case has not been publicly identified, the source said.
More charges against Weinstein are expected as a grand jury continues to hear testimony in the state’s case with at least four women expected to testify, the source added.
The arrest ended some of the frustration for his alleged victims who had long called for him to be charged.
Now the man who has lost his company, his family and his stature in an industry he helped define is facing accountability in a court of law.
It also marked possible accountability for the now disgraced mogul who has gone from one of Hollywood’s most powerful men to a pariah.
Many believe that regardless of the legal outcome, Weinstein’s fate in the industry has been sealed.
“Even if [Manhattan District Attorney] Cyrus Vance is not able to win in court, he still faces all of the civil allegations,” attorney and crisis management expert Richard Levick told CNN. “He is no more redeemable than Bill Cosby.”
The allegations of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women against Weinstein stretched over decades.
His alleged abuse energized the #MeToo movement and sparked the Time’s Up campaign against workplace misconduct, making Weinstein’s name the one most raised in conversations about abuse of power and the treatment of women in industries far beyond Hollywood.
Through a spokesperson, Weinstein has repeatedly denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex.”
On Friday, his attorney Benjamin Brafman reiterated that.
“Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone,” Brafman said in a statement. “Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. He has entered a plea of Not Guilty and fully expects to be exonerated.”
And while stories of Weinstein’s alleged behavior had been privately buzzed about for years (to the point it was even a public punchline), it wasn’t until the New York Times and The New Yorker published accusations from several women, including actress Ashley Judd last October, that the enormity of the scandal was revealed.
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For many of Weinstein’s alleged victims, Friday was both a long time coming and the fulfillment of what they have been campaigning for since the news broke.
Actress Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s staunchest accusers, posted on Instagram: “I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein’s survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law.”
“Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong,” McGowan wrote. “Today we are one step closer to justice. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. I stand with my fellow survivors. May his arrest give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths.”
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I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein’s survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law. Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong. Today we are one step closer to justice. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. I stand with my fellow survivors. May his arrest give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths.

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Time’s Up also tweeted about the arrest.
“Today a man whose actions were so egregious that they spawned a global reckoning has been taken into custody,” the group’s tweet read. “Harvey Weinstein shattered the lives of an untold number of women. We stand with them, and remain in solidarity with women everywhere who have faced unsafe and abusive workplaces. We look forward to seeing justice prevail.”
Weinstein’s past influence in Hollywood can’t be understated.
Along with his brother Bob, Weinstein co-founded Miramax studio in 1979, and quickly gained a reputation for producing films that both garnered critical acclaim and made money at the box office.
While the brothers sold their company to Disney in 1993, they continued to run it and under their guidance it earned 58 Oscars and made billions of dollars.
Now the man known for being one of the most successful campaigners for Academy Awards has been booted from The Weinstein Company — an independent studio he helped form which now languishes in bankruptcy. Weinstein is also the subject of investigations for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles and London.
Weinstein’s wife, co-founder of high-end fashion house, Marchesa, announced in October that she was leaving him. The couple have two children together and she has maintained she had no knowledge of her husband’s alleged misconduct.
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Levick, who is the chairman and chief executive officer of the LEVICK firm, said the graphic, damning nature of the charges and allegations against Weinstein makes him an “untouchable.”
“He’s not just a defendant in a criminal prosecution, but he’s also the symbol of the Me Too movement,” Levick said. “He became the symbol for why it was so critical, historical and important.”

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