Harvey Weinstein on Time Magazine Cover as "Predator" and "Pariah"
The cover-story headline reads: "Producer. Predator. Pariah."
Harvey Weinstein has been labeled a producer, predator and pariah on the new cover of Time magazine.
The story details the swift downfall of the Hollywood power player, as the movie mogul has found himself the target of an onslaught of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault claims from a multitude of women. Among the Hollywood accusers are Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Asia Argento, Cara Delevingne, Lea Seydoux, Heather Graham, Mira Sorvino, Roseanna Arquette and, as of Thursday, Kate Beckinsale.
On Thursday, two days after Weinstein added criminal defense attorney Blair Berk to his legal team, the New York Police Department opened a criminal investigation into the producer.
The Time story takes to task the old concept of Hollywood's "casting couch," its "tacit code of silence" and the consequences for women who have previously spoken up against Hollywood's most powerful men. "That code of silence protected Harvey Weinstein for an unconscionably long time," writes Stephanie Zacharek in an introduction to the cover story, while also pleading for moviegoers to not let the sexual assault scandal tarnish the movies they love. "The ugly reality that some of those women were working under duress makes their contribution, and their fortitude, even more admirable," she writes. "Don't let Weinstein take Shakespeare in Love — or your particular favorite — down with him as he slips into the hole he's dug for himself. Don't grant him that victory. He deserves to go down empty-handed."
Calling out the pariahs who came before him, like Bill Cosby and Roger Ailes, and the high-profile sexual-harassment claims against President Donald Trump and former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, the Times story highlights the accelerated pace of toppling predators.
"With each of these stories, you can imagine the newsroom dictates: Find the next Weinstein," writes Jill Filipovic, who highlighted the working actors, actresses and politicians who took their time denouncing Weinstein, or still haven't spoken out.
Read the story here.