The mounting allegations towards Harvey Weinstein — starting from sexual harassment to rape — have been accompanied by different anecdotes that assist clarify how the highly effective Hollywood producer stored his darkish secrets and techniques beneath wraps for therefore lengthy.
Explosive tales revealed within the final week reveal the extent to which Weinstein reportedly intimidated his victims into silence, and used his clout to maintain unfavorable tales out of the headlines.
Ronan Farrow, the writer of a bombshell New Yorker story on Tuesday that included rape allegations towards Weinstein, mentioned that he was threatened personally with a lawsuit in the course of the course of his reporting.
The New York Occasions was hit with its personal authorized menace from Weinstein’s lawyer final week after the newspaper brought the sexual misconduct allegations to light for the first time. Weinstein was fired by the board of his firm days after the story was revealed.
The New Yorker declined to touch upon whether or not it additionally confronted the specter of a lawsuit. However whether or not there have been lawsuit threats or not, each tales have been revealed days after each other, bringing an finish to the facility that Weinstein wields over the media.
“I’ll say that over a few years, many information organizations have circled this story and confronted an excessive amount of stress in doing so,” Farrow said during an appearance on MSNBC on Tuesday night time.
Farrow wrote in his piece that Weinstein and his authorized group “have threatened to sue a number of media shops.”
A consultant for Weinstein didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Whereas Weinstein succeeded for years in maintaining many allegations from being reported, one of many girls who did communicate up discovered herself dragged within the press.
After Ambra Battilana Gutierrez filed a sexual assault grievance towards Weinstein in 2015, the younger mannequin’s previous was quickly the topic of unflattering tales within the New York Submit’s Web page Six, in line with the New Yorker.
A day after she filed the grievance, Gutierrez acquired Weinstein to confess to groping her on tape as a part of a sting operation orchestrated by the New York Police Division, however no fees have been introduced. Audio of Gutierrez’s interaction with Weinstein was revealed in Farrow’s story on Tuesday.
NBC Information, the place Farrow serves as a contributor, has come beneath scrutiny over its determination to not run the piece that was finally revealed by the New Yorker.
The community has defended its determination by saying the piece wasn’t publishable on the time it was submitted to them, a cost that Farrow disputed.
“I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that ought to have been public earlier. And instantly, clearly, The New Yorker acknowledged that,” Farrow mentioned Tuesday night time. “And it’s not correct to say that it was not reportable. Actually, there have been a number of determinations that it was reportable at NBC.”
The information division’s president Noah Oppenheim mentioned that “we did not really feel that we had all the weather that we wanted to air it,” so Farrow “took it to The New Yorker and did a ton extra extraordinary work.”
Unchecked affect over the media
The New York Occasions has additionally confronted robust questions after a former reporter, Sharon Waxman, claimed last week that the newspaper “gutted” a story she had written in 2004 about sexual harassment allegations towards Weinstein. The Occasions prime editors on the time, Invoice Keller and Jill Abramson, mentioned they haven’t any recollection of going through stress over the story.
In his story, Farrow cited a number of sources, who mentioned that “Weinstein steadily bragged about planting objects in media shops about those that spoke towards him.”
Media columnist Margaret Sullivan revealed Wednesday that “unfavorable details about one among Weinstein’s accusers” was supplied to a reporter at her newspaper, The Washington Submit, simply because the New York Occasions readied its story for publication final week.
“The timing might, after all, be coincidental,” wrote Sullivan, “however appears suspicious and tracks with Weinstein’s well-known practices.”
The general public is getting a clearer image of a few of these practices because of the deluge of reporting on Weinstein this week. The Each day Beast’s Lloyd Grove, a longtime New York Metropolis tabloid reporter, recounted in a Daily Beast story revealed Wednesday how Weinstein as soon as tried to kill a narrative about his divorce.
Grove wrote that Weinstein “wheedled that he was my most loyal fan and had suggested the paper’s proprietor to provide me a increase.” When Grove — who wrote a gossip column for the New York Each day Information on the time — declined, Weinstein threatened to ban the reporter from screenings and premieres.
“I am the scariest mother—— you will ever have as an enemy on this city!” Grove recalled Weinstein saying.
Grove may not have buckled, however different reporters apparently have.
Writing for New York journal final week, Rebecca Traister recalled her own encounters with Weinstein in 2000.
“Again then, Harvey might spin — or suppress — something; there have been so many journalists on his payroll, working as consultants on film tasks, or as screenwriters, or for his journal,” Traister wrote.
Traister mentioned that at a ebook social gathering that yr, her boyfriend on the time tried to defend her towards Weinstein when the mogul erupted into an expletive-laden outburst over a query she requested about one among his films.
Tina Brown, the previous editor of the New Yorker who based Speak journal with Weinstein’s film firm Miramax, wrote in a narrative revealed Tuesday that Weinstein had quite a few media scribes at his disposal.
“It was startling — and professionally mortifying — to find what number of hacks writing gossip columns or leisure protection have been on the Miramax payroll with a ‘consultancy’ or a ‘growth deal’ (one even at The New York Occasions),” Brown wrote.
It stays unclear who these “hacks” are, however their names — just like the damning allegations which have been introduced towards Weinstein — should emerge, little by little.
CNNMoney (New York) First revealed October 12, 2017: 11:38 AM ET