Harvey Weinstein Needs Muzzling
Former Movie Mogul, Facing Trial For A Multitude Of Charges, Says Criminal Matters Ruined His Legacy
Two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of first-degree criminal sexual act, one count of first-degree rape and one count of third-degree rape.
These are the reasons disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein thinks his legacy of female-led movies has been forgotten. Weinstein was recently interviewed by the New York Post, just weeks before his trial for five counts of sex-related crimes was slated to begin. In the interview, #Weinstein refused to discuss the upcoming trial, and felt that because of the accusations against him, his "work has been forgotten," according to Page Six.
Naturally, the public outcry against Weinstein began almost as soon as the interview was published, and 23 of Weinstein's accusers published a statement against the mogul.
"Harvey Weinstein is trying to gaslight society again," the statement read, according to CNN. "He says in a new interview he doesn't want to be forgotten. Well, he won't be. He will be remembered as a sexual predator and an unrepentant abuser who took everything and deserves nothing. He will be remembered by the collective will of countless women who stood up and said enough. We refuse to let this predator rewrite his legacy of abuse."
To be sure, Weinstein seems combative throughout the interview, and sources reportedly say that Weinstein is in denial about how much in ruins his career is. CNN also says that these same sources indicate Weinstein is plotting a career comeback after the trial, which begins in early January, 2020.
Certainly, there's much to be said regarding Weinstein and his unrepentant nature regarding the accusations against him. Sexual abuse of any sort is generally about power, and Weinstein was effectively holding a great deal of the power up until the point news of the various accusations against him broke. Just because knowledge of someone's offences comes out does not mean, however, that the person accused of them will instantly be remorseful and want to atone for what they did.
Harvey Weinstein is very definitely not in the "remorseful" category. In fact, he seems to be anything but; the interview was not designed to allow Weinstein the opportunity to perhaps look like the "good guy" and it was not designed to illustrate how he was working towards exonerating himself.
Quite the opposite, in fact, and the Page Six article absolutely excoriates Weinstein for his attitude and combative nature.
"More than 80 women have accused him of sex assault or harassment — but for Harvey Weinstein, it’s still all about himself," the article opens by saying, going on to state that Weinstein "whines" and "gripes" about how his work has been forgotten.
The fact that Weinstein even believes that he should be praised for having had so many female directors at the helm and so many female lead actors in his movies completely underscores the idea that Weinstein does not get the fact that he is accused of egregious crimes against women. It will not matter in the court of public opinion how much he's previously done - or thinks he's done - for women. He's accused of rape and forcible oral sex. He's been accused several times over of having aggressively pursued sexual relations with a range of women. It's not going to matter at all what he thinks he's done to benefit women; the fact is, he's accused of being everything but a benefit to women, so anything from the past that he says he's done will not help him one iota.
Harvey Weinstein needs to rethink his approach with the media and with anyone else, for that matter, before his trial on January 6. Demonstrating such a willful blindness regarding the crimes he's been accused of and being incredibly combative about it will only serve to make matters worse for him.
Or maybe he shouldn't change a single thing.