Monster Movie Maker

“I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.” That is one of the lines from Harvey Weinstein’s public apology for his decades of sexual harassment. That sounded like a dubious statement a few days ago (unless Harvey shared an office with Bill Cosby). The statement became more absurd when we learned that he once cornered an actress and forced her to watch him masturbate on a houseplant. And it’s downright disgusting after what we’re learning from The New Yorker today. “Three women––among them Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans—told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015 and made public here for the first time, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is ‘used to.’ Four of the women I interviewed cited encounters in which Weinstein exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.”

+ “She refused his advances, she said, and confided in Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time. Mr. Pitt confronted Mr. Weinstein, and soon after, the producer warned her not to tell anyone else about his come-on. ‘I thought he was going to fire me,’ she said.” NYT: Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Others Say Weinstein Harassed Them.

+ Donna Karan said she wondered if women were asking for trouble. DKNYWTF?

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