The Weinstein Company fired its co-founder Harvey Weinstein yesterday following an explosive report from the New York Times last week that detailed sexual harassment allegations (and legal settlements stemming from them) against Weinstein going back decades. The accusations came from from notable actresses as well as former employees of the Weinstein Company and Miramax, the previous company that Mr. Weinstein and his brother founded.
CNN’s Jake Tapper quoted a Hollywood producer friend who expressed shock that it took this long for this to be made public, calling it “one of the most open secrets in Hollywood.”
Hollywood producer I know: "Shocked it’s taken so long for a Harvey Weinstein behavior expose. One of the most open secrets in Hollywood."
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 5, 2017
Among those who’ve been aware for quite some time, it’s been revealed, is none other than the Times themselves. According to NewsBusters,
On Sunday night, The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman expanded on something she noted in passing during a Thursday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that, as a New York Times reporter in 2004, she had uncovered allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein but was thwarted by The Times itself.
Despite “traveling to two countries and overcoming immense challenges to confirm at least part of the story that wound up running last week,” Weinstein’s advertising presence gutted Waxman’s work, along with phone calls from Russell Crowe and Matt Damon.
Waxman began by recapping the events prior to Weinstein’s ouster from his own company and thanking current Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for taking what was likely “a long and difficult road” to publishing a story on Weinstein’s disgusting behavior.
The praise stopped there. Waxman moved to go after The Times and media writer Jim Rutenberg:
But I simply gagged when I read Jim Rutenberg’s sanctimonious piece on Saturday about the “media enablers” who kept this story from the public for decades.
“Until now,” he puffed, “no journalistic outfit had been able, or perhaps willing, to nail the details and hit publish.”
That’s right, Jim. No one — including The New York Times.
Well at least they finally let the truth come out … 13 years later.