Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Yesenia Vizguerra, Reporter

        Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault, rape, and harassment, by many actresses in Hollywood and by political figures, in the past few weeks.

       It had started off with few actresses coming forward but in recent times has since turned into a handful coming forward day by day.

      On October 5, the New York Times detailed Weinstein’s eight settlements with women. “Scream” actress, Rose McGowan was paid a $100,000 settlement following an incident in a hotel room in 1997. a legal document says that the settlement was not an admission of guilt

       Like many others, actress Ashley Judd was asked by Weinstein if he could give her a massage or watch him shower while in her hotel room. A temporary employee of Weinstein’s, Emily Nestor made sexual advances while promising to further her career.

        Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, an Italian model and actress, met with Weinstein at his office in New York in 2015. But Gutierrez reportedly called the police later saying Weinstein had grabbed her breasts, while asking if they were real, and put his hand up her skirt.

        These stories told by many are a disturbance not only because they match in how they encountered Weinstein but also by how they got into that situation.

        Former model Zoe Brock wrote in a blog post  in 1997, that she was “Harveyed.” She said that she “had no intention of leading” Weinstein on, and “felt safe in his company to be” herself. However, she was reportedly tricked into going into his hotel room where she had no money or phone. He was naked and had asked her for a massage which, she admitted had made her feel very uncomfortable. Eventually, she got Weinstein to let her leave.

       Multiple accusers against Harvey have stated that they had originally believed that they were going to a party or meeting, but had been tricked into Weinstein’s hotel room. He was reportedly “forcing” himself onto women, naked asking for a massage or performing sexual activities in front of the accusers.

        Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the multiple accusers who had encountered Weinstein in a similar situation. Her then boyfriend, Brad Pitt, made the decision to confront Weinstein at a film premiere. Weinstein had pleaded Paltrow not tell anyone about what happened.

       I believe that the accusations are true. However it took the accusers a lot of time to speak out and, I believe that if it were really true and as terrifying as it seems, the accusers would have came forward as soon as possible. But, it may just be that they were terrified of what could happen to their career.

       I believe more stories will rise and further prove that what Weinstein did these horrible things.

      These stories have recently spread like wildfire across the media as many accusers have taken to social media to tell their encounter with Weinstein.

        In recent times, Weinstein has not spoken out on the accusations but his filming projects like “The Current War” has been postponed from the original release date in 2017 to an “upcoming date in 2018.”