You probably recognize Harvey Weinstein from the Oscars. The prominent Hollywood producer co-founded the movie production company Miramax, which has produced movies like Pulp Fiction, Clerks, and the Academy-Award-winning Shakespeare in Love.
For years, Weinstein's been a fixture in Hollywood. He's constantly rubbing elbows and being photographed with Scorseses and Spielbergs and Streeps. The guy is big-time.
Now, a bombshell report published by The New York Times on Thursday, October 5 has pulled the curtain back on this legendary producer. The report details decades of sexual harassment allegations. Women who worked with Weinstein in all capacities have come forward with countless instances of inappropriate behavior.
Employees and actresses alike have stories of Weinstein offering to boost their careers in return for sexual favors. Allegations of misconduct span over almost three decades.
via: Getty ImagesIn interviews with The New York Times, eight different women described Weinstein's varying inappropriate behaviors: "appearing nearly or fully naked in front of them, requiring them to be present while he bathed or repeatedly asked for a massage or initiating one himself." Weinstein's misconduct has been an "open secret" in Hollywood for years. His disgusting behavior is only compounded by the fact that his immense power and others' complicity prevented these women from coming forward for fear of destroying their own careers.
In light of the report on Weinstein, writer Anne T. Donahue asked women on Twitter to share the stories of their own personal Harvey Weinsteins.
When did you meet YOUR Harvey Weinstein? I'll go first: I was a 17-yr-old co-op student and he insisted on massaging my shoulders as I typed— Anne T. Donahue (@Anne T. Donahue)1507229505.0
Donahue's own story is chilling.
He was my boss at a radio station and liked to me things like why "girls my age" liked giving blow jobs and not having sex. A GREAT TIME.— Anne T. Donahue (@Anne T. Donahue)1507229597.0
Often, the men who behave like this take advantage of their position of power over the women they harass.
@annetdonahue The general manager of the country club I worked at came up to me when I was alone to tell me I looke… https://t.co/OAO5EmUuCq— av clark (@av clark)1507241423.0
The stats surrounding sexual harassment mean that you most likely know someone who's been mistreated this way.
@annetdonahue High school science teacher, 10th grade, would make all the girls sit up front, comment on clothes/lo… https://t.co/zGADO9d3N0— Danielle-Oh-El-Oh-El-Oh-Ey-Ey-Ey (@Danielle-Oh-El-Oh-El-Oh-Ey-Ey-Ey)1507255244.0
Bosses and teachers aren't the only types of men who behave this way.
@msmacb @annetdonahue @RahRahRaina He was a popular congressman who wouldn’t answer my reporter's questions unless… https://t.co/Clf0SYagyP— Christina Wilkie (@Christina Wilkie)1507258449.0
The responses to Donahue's original tweet numbered in the thousands and the stories shared are absolutely heartbreaking.
@annetdonahue Ice-skating instructor when I was 12. Years later he was arrested and charged with raping several of his students.— andi zeisler (@andi zeisler)1507233868.0
And while it's not shocking to hear these stories anymore, it's still beyond disturbing.
@annetdonahue When I was 10 ... an uncle by marriage.— Baguette (@Baguette)1507232851.0
It became increasingly clear in this thread that there is no safe space for women.These stories happened in workplaces, classrooms, ice rinks, and doctor's offices. They happened in these women's own homes.
Sexual harassment happens all the time.
@annetdonahue Oh boy, in the tech world, I'd say about 1 in every 3 dudes I interacted with was some version of Harvey Weinstein.— Alex (@Alex)1507229912.0