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The first trailer for director Barry Avrich’s documentary The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret takes aim at Harvey Weinstein.
Showcasing a montage of notable Hollywood figures praising the disgraced former mogul, who is facing sexual assault charges, the trailer features the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Penelope Cruz, Meryl Streep and more hailing Weinstein at the Academy Awards for his work as a producer.
The trailer then shifts to firsthand accounts from such Weinstein accusers as actresses Katherine Kendall and Melissa Sagemiller. “He left the room, this time he came back fully naked,” Kendall says. “Is he going to rape me?”
“More than a whispering,” The Hollywood Reporter‘s Kim Masters says in the trailer of rumors about Weinstein. “The first time I met Harvey he came in very aggressive and said, ‘What have you heard about me?’ I said, ‘I heard you rape women.'”
As Weinstein’s downfall sparked the current #MeToo movement, Avrich’s doc aims to focus on the “open secret” of Weinstein’s sexual misconduct and assaults in Hollywood. “It was allowed to go on because he had so much power,” journalist Lauren Sivan says in the trailer. “If he was some schmuck in a mailroom, he would be in jail.”
“He victimized everybody,” comedian Rebecca Corry says.
The trailer concludes by including snapshots and quotes from articles over the images of other famous men accused in the #MeToo era, such as Matt Lauer, Dustin Hoffman, Charlie Rose and Woody Allen.
The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret will be available Nov. 6 on VOD.
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