Harvey Weinstein: Did everybody really know?

Media caption“It was an open secret” a writer tells the BBC

When actor Seth MacFarlane announced the Oscar nominations for best ancillary singer in 2013, he burst a now barbarous joke: “Congratulations, you 5 ladies no longer have to fake to be captivated to Harvey Weinstein.”

At the time, it was a singular open anxiety to what has given spin a very open scandal.

And it is a revelation sign that Weinstein’s purported poise was – as it’s been regularly described in the past week – Hollywood’s “open secret”.

But how many people knew what was going on, and since wasn’t it reported sooner?

MacFarlane has explained that he done the remark after his Ted co-star Jessica Barth told him about Weinstein’s attempted advances two years earlier.

The singer told The New Yorker the noble tried to convince her to give him a exposed massage in bed. She walked out.

Actress Lea Seydoux, essay in The Guardian about how Weinstein “suddenly jumped on me” in his hotel room, also removed how she had seen him “hitting on” other immature women and trying to convince them to nap with him at parties.

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Lea Seydoux: “It’s unimaginable that he’s been means to act like this for decades”

“Everyone could see what he was doing,” she wrote. “That’s the many outrageous thing. Everyone knew what Harvey was up to and no one did anything.

“It’s unimaginable that he’s been means to act like this for decades and still keep his career. That’s only probable since he has a outrageous volume of power.”

Weinstein has denied any non-consensual passionate hit with any women.

But allegations of crude poise were common believe among some who worked for him, according to the New York Times.

When the paper pennyless the story, it reported that dozens of his former and stream employees, from assistants to top executives, “said they knew of inapt control while they worked for him”.

“It wasn’t a secret to the middle circle,” Kathy DeClesis, a former partner to Weinstein’s hermit and business partner Bob, told the paper.

One of the common themes of the accounts that have emerged is that Weinstein employees would set up meetings with immature women and mostly accompany them to hotel bedrooms before disintegrating and leaving the women and the writer alone.

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Harvey Weinstein on the red runner in 2012

The New York Times associated how a immature womanlike employee quit after angry of being forced to arrange what she believed to be assignations for him. She pronounced she couldn’t criticism since she had sealed a non-disclosure agreement.

Many people have suggested such employees could have left public. But Weinstein was one of the many absolute men in Hollywood and his determined persona – aside from any passionate nuisance – was legendary.

In a memo quoted by the paper, another former employee, Lauren O’Connor, described the practice of women at the company, including herself. She wrote: “The change of energy is me: 0, Harvey Weinstein: 10.”

What about those in Hollywood and New York over Weinstein’s own companies? Stories of his passionate advances widespread among actors, agents and others in the film industry.

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Alison Owen didn’t know her own sister-in-law had been preyed upon

Many celebrities who have commented in new days have pronounced they didn’t know what was going on, even if they knew he had a cheap reputation.

Oscar-nominated singer Annette Bening told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row she knew he was “boorish” – but wasn’t wakeful of what went on behind sealed doors.

British writer Alison Owen, who has worked on films like Saving Mr Banks and Suffragette, told BBC News his poise was “an open secret”.

“Everyone had listened the stories about Harvey,” she said. “If you were in the film industry, there was no way you could not have listened those stories about Harvey.

“I never listened a story from the horse’s mouth. But there were always stories about, ‘Oh an singer told me’, or ‘Someone operative at Harvey’s company told me’, or ‘Did you hear about that novice who worked for Harvey?’

“So they were always used but they were many and multifarious.”

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Such was the spin of gibberish that Owen pronounced she wouldn’t let immature women meet Weinstein alone. Those who were preyed on had nowhere to turn, she says.

“If you had been an singer and Harvey had groped your breasts while you were ostensible to be auditioning for him, what are you going to do?

“You’re not going to go to the police. They’re not going to take that seriously. You’re not going to call a publisher since at that indicate Harvey had the whole media universe in his pocket and nobody was going to go up against Harvey Weinstein.

“There was only a downside to stating it… Harvey’s going to destroy your career.”

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Weinstein with his disloyal wife Georgina Chapman in 2015

Owen’s sister-in-law Laura Madden worked for Weinstein – but never told Owen about his overtures towards her. The writer only found out about them when she review the New York Times.

“Such is the strength of shame, we think,” Owen told BBC Radio 4’s PM. “That’s another reason people don’t come out.”

The revelations have flush now, Owen believes, since “the prevalent enlightenment has changed”.

“The winds have shifted to the conflicting instruction [and] people have now been prepared to go on record.”

But shouldn’t the media have reported the allegations before?

A fibre of reporters have pronounced in new days that they tried. But the problems of persuading his accusers to go on the record, joined with the force of Weinstein’s authorised threats, meant nothing were means to publish.

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Sharon Waxman, a former New York Times contributor who went on to set up film site The Wrap, told BBC Newsnight how she chased the story in 2004 and tracked down a lady who had reached a allotment with Weinstein.

“I did conduct to meet with the lady who had taken a boon in London, but she literally wouldn’t contend anything,” Waxman said.

“She actually just met with me and didn’t speak. A very frustrating conversation. She was shocked that she was violating her non-disclosure.”

If they wanted to publish, media outlets had to safeguard their stories were watertight in case Weinstein sued.

“Any disastrous story that was going to be printed about him, he would go full-on aggressive,” Waxman recalled.

“Any label he could play, any apparatus he could use to get that story not to seem in print… we was told that he had visited the newsroom privately to pronounce to my superiors. we don’t know what he said. we don’t know what threats were issued.”

Accusers ‘backed out’

Others tried to pursue Weinstein too. The Hollywood Reporter editor-at-large Kim Masters and New York Times media columnist David Carr came close to finalising stories – but their sources corroborated out at the last minute, The New York Times said.

Vanity Fair special match Gabriel Sherman, who helped expose passionate nuisance by late Fox News boss Roger Ailes, pronounced one essential piece of justification in the New York Times story was the inner memo in which Lauren O’Connor lifted concerns against Weinstein.

“That piece of printed element became one of the foundations of the New York Times report,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Media Show.

Rebecca Traister wrote on New York magazine’s The Cut website that she first listened the allegations in 2000 – but that Weinstein “could spin – or conceal – anything”.

She continued: “For decades, the reporters who tried to tell the story of Harvey Weinstein butted up against the same wall of perfect force and determined energy that was leveraged against those desirous actors, the exposed assistants, the executives whose careers, salaries, and reputations were in his hands.”

So for years, people who did know could only speak in whispers or, like Seth MacFarlane, under the guise of jokes that were humorous only since they rang true.

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