Politics makes strange bedfellows, some of them wanted, some not. Since Oprah Winfrey has let it leak that she is actively thinking about running for President, one bedfellow that isn’t going away any time soon is accused serial sexual abuser and rapist Harvey Weinstein.
Who is Harvey Weinstein? He is quite possibly, up until he stepped down as the head of The Weinstein Company, the most powerful media mogul alive today. How powerful? Meryl Streep called him”God.” The film industry called him “The Punisher.”
At the time of this writing no less than 84 women have come forward with detailed explanations of being sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, with one victim recorded in a New York City police sting.
If Oprah Winfrey has plans to run for President the question will haunt her through the entire campaign; what did she know about her close personal friend Harvey Weinstein and when did she know it.
While many in Hollywood were quick to offer their……”denials”, some have spoken up to report otherwise.
Glenn Close: I’m sitting here, deeply upset, acknowledging to myself that, yes, for many years, I have been aware of the vague rumors.”
Seth Rogen: I worked with him once a decade ago and I was like “This guy is a BAD dude and I’m not working with him ever again and everyone was like ‘yeah!‘” But they still do. I think with someone like him (Weinstein) everyone knows. I remember that one of the first stories you heard about him involved inappropriate sexual misconduct. I know people would say to me when I refused to work with him “Ya know, he’s old school” and stuff like that with a wink and an acceptance of that kind of behavior…”
Steven Spielberg called Weinstein “a bully.”
Established “A-List” actresses such as the lovely Mira Sorvino had their careers all but completely derailed by Weinstein. USA Today:
Mira Sorvino, told ‘The New Yorker’ that while promoting ‘Mighty Aphrodite’ at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival, Weinstein “started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around.” Weeks later, she says he evaded her doorman and showed up at the door of her New York apartment, but was able to scare him off on both occasions.
Think about that for a moment. An Academy Award winning A-Lister had her career reduced to smaller films and television guest roles. That does not happen unless there is a network of powerful Hollywood players who could make it happen.
Even Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson had offered actresses Mira Sorvino a role in his films but withdrew the offer after being notified of “Weinstein’s Blacklist.”
Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick https://t.co/ljK9NqICbm
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) December 15, 2017
Gweneth Paltrow says that Weinstein put his hands on her and suggested that they go to the bedroom for massages. Paltrow was dating Brad Pitt at the time and Pitt confronted Weinstein and told him to never touch Patrow again.
Angelina Jolie: I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did. As we all know Brad Pitt has six children with Angelina Jolie.
Brad Pitt is close friends with Oprah Winfrey and thus begs the $64 question; with his wife actively warning people about Weinstein, will voters buy that Pitt and Winfrey never had the “Harvey” conversation? The most powerful man in their business? So as prolific and accessible Winfrey is to Hollywood, her ignorance would be a mighty big pill for voters to swallow. Especially after it has been reported that The Weinstein Company has paid off sexual harassment accusers for decades.
USA Today reports that Kadian Noble, filed a civil suit on Nov. 27 in New York alleging that Harvey Weinstein summoned her to his hotel room at Cannes Film Festival in 2014 to talk about a role. He began massaging her shoulders and told the British actress to “relax.” According to her civil suit, which alleges Weinstein and his company engaged in sex trafficking, the producer groped her, pulled her into a bathroom, and forced her to fondle him.
Noble claims that Weinstein used Oprah Winfrey to help gain her confidence and “dupe her into thinking he would help her with her career” in order to use her for sex.
British actress Kadian Noble said Tuesday she was head-over-heels impressed when she first met Weinstein at an event in London because he was hanging out with model (Naomi) Campbell and had megastar Oprah “swinging off his arm.”
Be careful what you wish for….