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Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein Go Back 3 Decades



MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

The New York Times has published a blockbuster story detailing allegations of passionate nuisance opposite someone deliberate a aristocrat and black builder in Hollywood.

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Thank you, Harvey Weinstein.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: And Harvey, sanctified Harvey, Weinstein.

KELLY: Movie noble Harvey Weinstein, who was behind large hits like “Pulp Fiction,” “Life Is Beautiful” and “Chicago.” So how is Hollywood reacting to these accusations? Well, with a shrug. Weinstein’s function was apparently scandalous among his staff, actors, executives, publicists.

Kim Masters is a horde of The Business on KCRW, and she’s editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter. we asked her to news a energy Weinstein binds in Hollywood.

KIM MASTERS: In a day, Harvey Weinstein was a wizard in a Oscar race. Many people have statuettes on their layer since of him. But in new years, a final few years, it’s been a lot rougher. And we indeed don’t consider it’s a sum fluke that this news about him is entrance out during a time when he is kind of during low lessen in terms of his career.

KELLY: In a dry spell. Well, before we get to that, news a function in question. What accurately are these allegations?

MASTERS: Well, we mean, we have been conference allegations about Harvey Weinstein for years, some of that – though not all – are in The New York Times essay that only ran. He has a settlement allegedly of seeking women to accommodate him in hotels evidently for business purposes. And if they determine and go to these meetings, he has reportedly been in several stages of undress, including sum undress, pressuring them for massages and all sorts of vigour to rivet in activities that clearly have zero to do with business to a larger or obtuse grade of aggressiveness.

KELLY: You pronounced this is something that we have been conference about for years. we mean, a series of lawsuits that The New York Times is stating he has staid would come adult to slightest 8 over a years. So, we mean, has this been only an open tip in Hollywood?

MASTERS: It has been, actually, an open secret, some-more and less. And, we know, many people in a line of work – we know, some people are saying, because wasn’t this story damaged sooner? Believe me; many of us have attempted literally over a march of a final integrate of decades.

KELLY: Well, what competence be a consequences going brazen for him? we mean, is it probable – can we see a unfolding where he sits out a deteriorate or dual and afterwards comes behind with a strike and all is forgiven?

MASTERS: No, we don’t see that, actually. we consider his name is really poisonous right now. He is fighting for his veteran life, obviously, apparently really sexually pleading to be authorised to – guaranteed that he can lapse if he takes a leave, as he has pronounced he will, to residence these demons of his. But we only don’t see this being a thing. we mean, there comes a indicate where you’re over a indicate of no return.

KELLY: The final thing to ask we is only a backdrop for all of this. Times have changed. This is not a initial passionate nuisance box to make headlines in a media and party world. we mean, we’ve all followed a Bill Cosby trial, and afterwards on a news media side there’s Fox News and Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly. we mean, how does this fit into that wider context?

MASTERS: Well, clearly times have changed, and women are vocalization out more. And that’s a good thing. we mean, this function has left on for years during a places we mentioned. And, we know, we’re in 2017. And we feel wish that this is a wakeup call to people that this function is simply unsuitable and not to be tolerated.

KELLY: The days of a writer on a casting cot seeking for – seeking for services outward a area of behaving maybe finally…

MASTERS: Yeah.

KELLY: …Getting put to rest.

MASTERS: we mean, that is a trope, we know, a writer on a casting couch. And I’m certain it was really loyal in a past and rather loyal today. But a kind of coercive function that’s being purported here, that is a standout even within a Hollywood community. Like, we competence hear about somebody, we know, creation a pass during a lady or pressuring her or observant we will give we this purpose if we do that for me. But we will contend that in a gibberish in Hollywood for a prolonged time now, Harvey has been an outlier in terms of a settlement of function that’s alleged.

KELLY: Thanks really much, Kim.

MASTERS: Thank you.

KELLY: That’s Kim Masters. She is horde of The Business on KCRW and also editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter.

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KELLY: And a Weinstein Company’s house of directors expelled a matter this dusk strongly endorsing Harvey Weinstein’s preference to take an unfixed leave of deficiency from a association commencement today. As for what comes next, that’s still an open question. The Weinstein Company has hired a law organisation to do an review and news to a board.

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