Harvey Weinstein might be finished, but as with Bill Cosby, retribution for Weinstein did not come until he was well past his sell-by date.
You see, for the past few years, business hasn’t been as successful as it once was. His company, Weinstein Co., has “come off a string of duds”, and the last “Weinstein-shepherded Academy Award came over two years ago in a minor category (Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game),” suggests The Daily Beast.
So, now that the ball is rolling, who’s next?
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Woody Allen and Louis C.K are just three high-profile Hollywood darlings who have been involved in a slew of sexual assault accusations:
Woody Allen’s latest feature Wonder Wheel is closing the New York Film Festival this week. The film’s marquee stars, Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, are two of many who continue to feature in Allen productions—despite the fact that the legendary filmmaker’s own adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, has long accused him of child sexual abuse.
Or how about Louis C.K., whose Allen-inspired film I Love You, Daddy opens on Nov. 17, and who’s been dogged by sexual-misconduct rumors [sic] for years?
Accusations around Schwarzenegger first came out in 2001, when a piece in Premiere magazine, titled “Arnold the Barbarian,” uncovered numerous shocking stories concerning the actor:
[F]rom a female talk-show host who claimed that he “tweaked her nipple and then laughed at her objections” to a producer who recalled how, on the set of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Schwarzenegger allegedly pulled out a female crew member’s breasts against her will.
Two years later, just as the actor became governor of California, the Los Angeles Times ran a series of stories in which as many as 11 women accused Schwarzenegger of grabbing or groping them.
Schwarzenegger, who initially denied the allegations, eventually ‘fessed up, kinda:
“It is true that I was on rowdy movie sets and I have done things that were not right, which I thought then was playful,” he said at the time. “But now I recognize that I offended people. Those people that I have offended, I want to say to them I am deeply sorry about that and I apologize because that’s not what I’m trying to do.”
Sure thing, buddy.
So are these men still to complete their successful runs before they are held accountable for their actions? Or is it going to be up to the increased sense of media accountability surrounding the issue of sexual misconduct in Hollywood that finally pulls the plug on their success?
What we do know is that having more female voices making a difference in the newsroom (finally) is only going to fuel the fire.
Any bets on who’s going down next?
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