Accusations have been coming out of the woodwork against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein since his repugnant behavior was made public.
According to The Daily Caller, the scandal that is currently rocking Tinseltown has escalated to an unprecedented level. The New York Police Department has announced that they’ve begun a formal investigation into sexual allegations against Weinstein.
As The New York Times reported, the flurry of accusations started after an article they released detailing the sexual advances and reprehensible acts he subjected various women to over decades.
His ability to avoid detection until now was due to the power he had over women desperate to break out in the film industry. The startling number of women subjected to Weinstein’s deplorable behavior said they felt powerless given Weinstein’s power in Hollywood.
Lauren O’Connor, an employee of The Weinstein Company, said Weinstein was taking advantage of “vulnerable women who hoped he would get them work.” She wrote a memo to company executives detailing incidents of sexual harassment she witnessed perpetrated by Weinstein, and claimed, “There is a toxic environment for women at this company.”
Weinstein also used his power to require employees of the company to be under contracts preventing them from harming “business reputation” or “any employee’s personal reputation” by slandering the company’s leaders. Many of the women Weinstein arranged a settlement with were also required to sign confidentiality clauses, preventing them from ever going public about the harassment.
Now that the accusations have been revealed, women harassed by Weinstein have felt motivated and empowered to come forward and tell their own stories. The tragic accounts range from victims forced to meet with a semi-nude Weinstein alone in his hotel room, to outright rape — all unheard until now.
In light of the numerous accusations, the NYPD released the following statement of their intent to investigate the claims: “Based on information referenced in published news reports the NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter. No filed complaints have been identified as of this time and as always, the NYPD encourages anyone who may have information pertaining to this matter to call CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.”
Weinstein has maintained his innocence while simultaneously acknowledging he has a problem, ABC News reported. A spokesperson for Weinstein responded to reporters about the accusations saying, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
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The spokesperson continued, saying all acts were assumed to be “consensual” and not harassment. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances,” the spokesperson added. “Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”
The statement by the spokesperson goes on to claim that Weinstein was seeking professional help for his behavior, despite his claim the relationships and actions engaged in were consensual. “Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance,” the spokesperson said.
With the mounting allegations made by a growing number of women coming forward, and the NYPD beginning an investigation into Weinstein, hopefully, justice can finally be brought upon a man who used his power and influence to prey upon numerous women for decades.