Yeah, yeah we’re always shocked but never surprised when yet another media mogul, celebrity or sports star is accused of being a pervert, batterer, or rapist pig.
Bill Cosby. R. Kelly. Michael Jackson. Bill Clinton. Donald Sterling. Josh Duggar. Woody Allen…
Now we’ve got Harvey Weinstein.
And yeah, yeah again, we’re always shocked and never surprised when that rich and powerful man walks or isn’t even indicted.
So why is it then that we’re still always shocked and never surprised when it’s the victim who is made to look like a liar, a gold digger or a blackmailing slut? Sometimes even by other women.
In the filthy Harvey Weinstein case, for example, the only people who publicly came out in his defense are women who’ve made their livings off of other women: Lisa Bloom, the famous women’s rights attorney who was defending Harvey until she resigned just before he got booted from his own company, and Donna Karan, the yoga-spouting, dress-designing do-gooder.
A leaked email to the New York Times from Bloom stated that there would be “photos of several of the accusers in very friendly poses with Harvey” forthcoming. It’s unstated, but clear that these pics would cast the victims in a bad light. This from a female attorney who has made millions “protecting” women from sexual harassment and assault. But when it’s somebody as famous as Weinstein, why not blame the victim?
Then there’s Karan who said of Harvey’s accusers, “What are we asking? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?”
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault
Hard to believe that women still think this way.
With any luck, women who don’t think this way will no longer seek Bloom’s legal expertise or buy Karan’s sleek body-conscious outfits. Hey, you could get accused of “asking for it” by dressing all sensual and sexual.
No wonder victims take the money and run. Going public means not just disgusting comments like that, but also pitting yourself against a beloved or at least highly respected celebrity. It’s you and your public prosecutor against him and all the money in the world for his world famous defense attorneys. Good luck with that one sister.
Now that’s it’s out, victims of Him-acane Harvey are increasingly finding the courage to also come forward.
On Tuesday, The New Yorker published an explosive piece written — ironically enough — by Woody Allen’s son, Ronan Farrow. In it 13 more women accuse Weinstein of assault, rape, and being forced to watch the slob masturbate. Those who said they refused him like Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette say they were then passed over for roles.
Later in the day Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie also came forward to the New York Times with accusations of Weinstein sexual misconduct when they were young and starting out.
But still for decades Harvey got away with it because power is everything in New York and Los Angeles.
Harvey Weinstein (l.) and fashion designer wife Georgina Chapman are headed for divorce after the Hollywood honcho’s prolific history of sexual harassment allegations came to light.
(Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Now that power has come back to hang like a funeral wreath on the door of Manhattan DA, Cyrus Vance Jr. for not prosecuting Weinstein in 2015 after he was caught on tape badgering and admitting to a frightened young actress/model that he had earlier fondled her without her consent.
Vance’s office said they didn’t have enough evidence. A police source begged to differ telling Farrow that there was more than enough evidence.
Weinstein’s lawyer, David Boies, donated $ 10,000 to Vance after the DA decided not to bring charges.
But Boies told me, “I represented the Weinstein company about a consumer matter. I’m not a criminal defense attorney and that case was handled by lawyers I’ve no connection with at all. I contributed to Vance since well before and after Harvey was a client because I always believed that he’d be a great DA. No one in my office ever spoke to anyone in Vance’s office about Harvey.”
However, when all the power players are at play, it does makes women believe — whether true or not — that the system is rigged against them. And the way these cases too often end up, (think Cosby most recently), women remain afraid not just of powerful predators, but their powerhouse defense attorneys, and ultimately of the law itself.
There is no statute of limitations for rape in New York, and a five-year limitation for other sexual felony sexual offenses. Well, hell, Harvey is offensive as they get so Vance better man up and prosecute the man. If not the women who have taken their power back or we women who support them will power Vance right out of office.