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    Meryl Streep has spoken out against him but says she didn't know. Bullshit. Even people who didn't work in Hollywood had heard rumours about him.

    Sorry cant post article atm https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5...637c45420e/amp
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    I second Bullshit. I'm in Germany, english is not even my first language and I did know for years.

    Quote from Sarzys link, Meryl wrote:
    One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. And If everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.
    Sure, Meryl Streep is much more successful than the victims. Of course he was respectful.
    She is far too old for his perverted preferences anyway.
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    I'd respect Meryl a helluva lot more if she said, "We knew but he was such a powerful man, he had the ability to ruin our careers if we spoke out, so we remained silent. We were wrong. It's something I'll always be ashamed of and I am sorry that my silence contributed to other's pain."

    Bullshit she didn't know.

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    I'm curious to know why she made a statement about it? Was it the guilt of knowing but not coming forward?
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    I was just coming to post about Meryl. She might not have KNOWN, but surely she heard things. She stayed silent because he was so powerful. They all did. Disgraceful.

    Like you've all said -- if we knew, they all knew. This was the worst kept secret in Hollywood!
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    ok - suppose she knew the RUMORS. what is she supposed to do with that?

    i hear a lot of rumors about a lot of people. not sure what you can do unless you SEE something. and this stuff with harvey happened behind closed doors. the journalist who came forward had less to lose, came forward, so others followed. then the board had to act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    ok - suppose she knew the RUMORS. what is she supposed to do with that?

    i hear a lot of rumors about a lot of people. not sure what you can do unless you SEE something. and this stuff with harvey happened behind closed doors. the journalist who came forward had less to lose, came forward, so others followed. then the board had to act.
    True -- but I guess the way it sounds is that it was so shocking. It wasn't. It's a good thing it's finally out. I wonder what his wife thinks of all of this?

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    i bet his wife has known all along.

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    That's probably how she also auditioned, for the role of wife.
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    Meryl can sound so snobby sometimes. Like here. Either she stuck her fingers in her ears and screamed lalalalalala whenever anyone was talking about the rumors, or she's just a liar.

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    Rose McGowan Calls for Entire Weinstein Company Board to Resign

    “Charmed” actress Rose McGowan minces no words about her feelings toward studio executive Harvey Weinstein, whose history of sexual harassment was laid bare last week in a New York Times exposť.

    McGowan, also a director, has suggested that anyone who does business with Weinstein is “complicit” and “even dirtier,” and has called for women in Hollywood to speak up against a misogynistic “power structure that needs to be brought down.”

    On Sunday night, following the announcement that Weinstein had been fired from his own company, McGowan raised her voice once more — calling this time for the company’s entire board to resign and for men in Hollywood to “change” their behavior.

    “I’m calling on the board to resign effective immediately,” McGowan told Hollywood Reporter. “And for other men to stop other men when they are being disgusting.”

    “Men in Hollywood need to change ASAP,” she added. “Hollywood’s power is dying because society has changed and grown, and yet Hollywood male behavior has not. It is so not a good look ... The men of Hollywood need to know they own no woman.”

    Almost half of The Weinstein Company’s all-male board has resigned since the publication of the explosive Times report. Just four of the original nine board members (which had included Weinstein himself) are believed to remain. They include Weinstein’s brother Bob Weinstein, co-founder of the company.

    The Times reported that McGowan received a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein in 1997 after “an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival.” McGowan, according to the article, was one of at least eight women who had reached settlements with Weinstein over sexual harassment allegations.

    McGowan declined to comment for the Times’ report (some have speculated that she kept mum because her settlement may have involved a non-disclosure agreement). Talk that she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein has circulated since at least 2016, when McGowan tweeted about being “raped” by a studio executive.

    She’s emerged in the past few days as one of Weinstein’s most fervent critics. In a Sunday tweet, she obliquely referred to him as a “monster”:

    She also suggested she donated her “settlement” to the East Los Angeles Women’s Center, an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. And she lauded both the Times and the women who have spoken out against Weinstein for “bravery.”

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    I feel like the word 'complicit' is the official word of 2017 and it's starting to annoy me.
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    Rose came to burn this mother down and I'm so proud of her. She isn't going to stop until it's done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bootspaige View Post
    Rose came to burn this mother down and I'm so proud of her. She isn't going to stop until it's done.
    I never watched charmed, but LOVED her in Jawbreaker.
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    Matt Damon helped Harvey Weinstein shut down a NYT exposť in 2004

    The New York Times got a lot of credit last week for being “brave” enough to write about Harvey Weinstein’s history of alleged sexual abuse, misconduct, harassment and worse. Many have said “this is the worst-kept secret in Hollywood,” but until women come forward and tell their stories publicly, and until major outlets like the Times start reporting the stories openly, nothing will ever change. That’s how predators are enabled, when their behavior is only told in whispers, and never in mainstream media.

    The NYT also ran a media-criticism piece over the weekend about how “media enablers” helped Weinstein over the years. Which is true – The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline, none of the trade papers would touch the story for fear of losing access, and fear of being sued into oblivion. But the NY Times’ media-criticism came across as rather smug in some quarters because… well, in 2004, the NY Times killed their own Weinstein exposť even though they had facts on their side. The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman was the NYT reporter on the Weinstein story back then, and she wrote about the situation – go here to read. Here’s the main crux of her story:

    I applaud The New York Times and writers Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for getting the story in print. I’m sure it was a long and difficult road. But I simply gagged when I read Jim Rutenberg’s sanctimonious piece on Saturday about the “media enablers” who kept this story from the public for decades. “Until now,” he puffed, “no journalistic outfit had been able, or perhaps willing, to nail the details and hit publish.” That’s right, Jim. No one — including The New York Times.

    In 2004, I was still a fairly new reporter at The New York Times when I got the green light to look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein. It was believed that many occurred in Europe during festivals and other business trips there. I traveled to Rome and tracked down the man who held the plum position of running Miramax Italy. According to multiple accounts, he had no film experience and his real job was to take care of Weinstein’s women needs, among other things.

    As head of Miramax Italy in 2003 and 2004, Fabrizio Lombardo was paid $400,000 for less than a year of employment. He was on the payroll of Miramax and thus the Walt Disney Company, which had bought the indie studio in 1993. I had people on the record telling me Lombardo knew nothing about film, and others citing evenings he organized with Russian escorts. At the time, he denied that he was on the payroll to help Weinstein with favors. From the story: “Reached in Italy, Mr. Lombardo declined to comment on the circumstances of his leaving Miramax or Ricucci, saying they were legal matters being handled by lawyers. ‘I am very proud of what we achieved at Miramax here in Italy,’ he said of his work for the film company. ‘It cannot be that they hired me because I’m a friend.’”

    I also tracked down a woman in London who had been paid off after an unwanted sexual encounter with Weinstein. She was terrified to speak because of her non-disclosure agreement, but at least we had evidence of a pay-off. The story I reported never ran.

    After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted. I was told at the time that Weinstein had visited the newsroom in person to make his displeasure known. I knew he was a major advertiser in the Times, and that he was a powerful person overall. But I had the facts, and this was the Times. Right? Wrong. The story was stripped of any reference to sexual favors or coercion and buried on the inside of the Culture section, an obscure story about Miramax firing an Italian executive. Who cared?

    The Times’ then-culture editor Jon Landman, now an editor-at-large for Bloomberg, thought the story was unimportant, asking me why it mattered. “He’s not a publicly elected official,” he told me. I explained, to no avail, that a public company would certainly have a problem with a procurer on the payroll for hundreds of thousands of dollars. At the time, Disney told me they had no idea Lombardo existed.

    [From The Wrap]

    Waxman goes on to talk about how much it hurt to think about the years since then, and how many women Weinstein had likely abused or harassed in that time. I tend to believe – until I see evidence to the contrary – that Weinstein could and did use his famous friends as cover without those friends knowing the whole story. Of course there were always whispers about Weinstein’s behavior, but as I said – until those whispers become actual news articles and lawsuits, many people will ignore the whispers. Maybe I’m being too gentle on Russell Crowe and Matt Damon, but isn’t it more likely that back then, they called the NYT to back up Weinstein without knowing what the actual NYT story was about?

    As for the NYT’s smugness… yeah. But like Rebecca Traister talked about last week, the power Weinstein had 1997-2007 was absolutely enormous, and he doesn’t have the same kind of reach now. That’s why this story came out now instead of back then: because Weinstein no longer has the power and authority to shut it down. And maybe Matt Damon was no longer in the mood to call up the NYT to act as a character reference.

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