The fall of film mogul Harvey Weinstein has been as quick as it has been dramatic: From the New York Times' explosive report (paywall) on Oct. 5 detailing decades' worth of accusations of sexual harassment, to his firing on Oct. 9 by the board of the company he co-founded, to further news (paywall) the next day of accusations by multiple women (paywall), some of them superstars.
Reddock-Wright predicts that Weinstein and his lawyers will settle any lawsuits privately in order to avoid the courts and more public scrutiny.
The "Blue is the Warmest Color" actress told the Guardian she could not remember if Weinstein was ever actually able to kiss her, or what his reaction was when she bolted.
Weinstein has faced numerous allegations of sexual assault both in and as a result of shocking exposes by The New York Times and the New Yorker.. "Not only has Hollywood normalized Weinstein's abhorrent treatment of women, they enabled it by doing and saying absolutely nothing".
She added that it's "appalling" that the entertainment industry spent decades covering up Weinstein's abuse of power. Jail time is a possibility for the highest-level charges, but if Weinstein is prosecuted for a lower-level charge, "it would be very likely he would plead to some type of action that would possibly keep him out of jail but on very strict probation". Two of the three groups it chose to donate to - Emily's List and Emerge America - expressly support Democratic candidates.
Acknowledging the closed-doors "predation" that takes place in Hollywood, Damon said, "If there was ever an event that I was at and Harvey was doing this kind of thing and I didn't see it, then I am so deeply sorry, because I would have stopped it". "Any individual who feels that she may have been the victim of a crime by this person in Manhattan is strongly encouraged to contact our Office's Sex Crimes Hotline at (212) 335-9373".
Reddock-Wright adds that the statute for civil suits is much shorter - one year for alleged misconduct, with one caveat. Given the party's competitive collapse over the last eight years, it's a crisis that requires more alacrity and skill than either Clinton or Obama showed over the last week.
"We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me", she said.
Chapman, a prominent designer and the cofounder of the Marchesa brand, married Weinstein in 2007. I don't think he's going to want to sit in multiple depositions and everything that comes with a criminal trial.
Lohan has been sharply criticized on social media over the video.