Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Now the Secret's out, Who Must Share Harvey's Guilt?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Now the Secret's out, Who Must Share Harvey's Guilt?

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Byline: STATESIDE With US Editor Christopher Bucktin

FOR decades, Harvey Weinstein held Hollywood in his hands. But after getting away for years with claims of the most degrading harassment, the Don of Drama has finally been exposed for being a sexual predator. Now the disgraced movie mogul, despite his vow to return, finds the credits rolling on his career as scores of women he allegedly abused come forward.

His offending - let's call it what it is - stretches across the Atlantic with many of his accusers coming from the UK.

It is only fitting then that, as far as Britain is concerned, Weinstein should be stripped of his honorary CBE as the depth of his depravity continues to emerge.

While many of his alleged victims have made their experiences public, legal settlements previously reached with the multi-millionaire have prevented others from speaking out.

Meanwhile, his former employees - including one living in London whom he reportedly assaulted - are, like all of his employees, bound by non-disclosure agreements.

But such contracts were not the only tools Weinstein used to ensure their silence.

Aspiring actresses and rising stars describe fearing that the powerful producer could end their careers if they spoke out against him.

Weinstein also turned the media into a weapon - in at least one case, he fed negative information to reporters about an accuser who had gone to the police.

This kind of complicity by people in power shields many Harvey Weinsteins in many industries and is the same kind of protection that was afforded to the vile Jimmy Savile.

America's TV and film industry has, in recent years, been dogged by characters like the movie mogul.

Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes left the network in 2016 after revelations surfaced of his tenacious sexual harassment of female employees, while star anchor Bill O'Reilly, who maintains his innocence against multiple sexual harassment claims, departed the following year. …

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