We agree with Rush Limbaugh on this one.
”Everybody apparently knew about Harvey,” Rush said on his radio show yesterday. “Everybody that worked with him; everybody that took money from him, everybody that palled around with him all throughout Hollywood; everybody knew.”
This includes the Clintons and the Obamas, who welcomed mega Democrat donor and bundler Harvey to the White House numerous times. Will Hillary now say it’s the “vast right-wing conspiracy” trying to nail Weinstein, just as they nailed her philandering husband? The vast right-wing conspiracy didn’t even know who Harvey Weinstein was. The donor community does, but outside of that very few do.
Now how about such outspoken actresses and activists who worked with Harvey, such as Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow, who suddenly rocketed to top-billing in Miramax’s first Best-Picture winner, Shakespeare In Love, after she appeared in several more Weinstein films. Why haven’t they spoken up?
When Talk magazine launched, Paltrow ended up posing in S&M garb that didn’t fit either her career arc or any of her personal needs. Paltrow says that “there were certain favors that he asked me to do that I felt were not exploitive but not necessarily as great for me as they were for him.” Hmmm.
At least Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and the seven other women have spoken up – albeit decades later, in Judd’s case. She’s already gone on record about being sexually assaulted as a child by one of her mother’s man friends, however, so that may account for it taking her so long to speak out.
“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time,” says Ashley Judd in the Times’s report, “and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly.”
Among those interviewed by the Times were a handful of people within the Miramax/Weinstein fold who spoke of being fully aware of the “open secret” of Weinstein’s behavior:
Kathy DeClesis, a former assistant to Bob Weinstein at Miramax during the ’90s, told the Times that Weinstein’s “inner circle” was well aware of his behavior.
Mark Gill, the former president of Miramax, confirmed to the Times that Weinstein’s behavior was an open secret, even as Weinstein was involved in outward displays of feminism and progressive support for women. Gill told the Times that women would often attend meetings with Weinstein in pairs so they wouldn’t have to be alone with him.
Lance Maerov, a current member of the Weinstein Company’s board, claimed to the Times to have successfully pushed for an expanded code of conduct at the company dealing with sexual harassment, in response to O’Connor’s memo to the executives.
Like we said, we agree with Rush – everyone knew.