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Sexual assault accusations end Harvey Weinstein's career

by Isaac Deleon - Copy Editor
Tue, Oct 24th 2017 09:35 pm

On a gorgeous day out, a big entertainment hot shot is out and about running around in expensive cars with a beautiful woman by his side. This is usually what people think about when they think about Hollywood. These millionaires see no wrong doing in their actions, however, through the many years and countless accounts of women all over the world, the industry is known to have a sexist and manipulative dark side. 

Harvey Weinstein has been public enemy number one the last few weeks with Weinstein being accused of by some of Hollywood’s top stars of sexual harassment. 

Weinstein’s career surely has amounted for itself. According to biography.com, “film mogul Harvey Weinstein helped produce such acclaimed features as “Pulp Fiction,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Shakespeare in Love”.

These films, along with others, have gone on to inspire awe in the cinema worldwide. Sadly, the condition the performers had to go through was inhumane. Household names like Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Cara Delevingne and even Kate Beckinsale, along with countless others, have come out and spoken against Weinstein, accusing him of sexual harassments on several different accounts. They even successfully got him fired from Miramax, the Studio he co-founded with his brother Bob Weinstein. Now, some may argue that these accusations are just a ploy to get money out of this man. However, there is substantial evidence against Weinstein. One accusation that really struck a chord with the media was the scandal with actress Gwyneth Paltrow. 

According to TeenVogue, “Paltrow alleges that Weinstein harassed her when she was only 22. Paltrow told The New York Times that Weinstein put a hand on her leg and suggested they go to his room for massages. Paltrow got away then told her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, who got involved and confronted Weinstein.”

Another startling account of this outright sexual harassment was a case in 2015. Ambra Battilana Gutierrez went to police accusing Weinstein of harassment. Police then attached a wire to Gutierrez in an attempt to record a confession and she got Weinstein admitting to previously groping her. The case ended up not going to trial and all charges being dropped. 

This situation with Weinstein has really shone a spotlight on women worldwide. Even professionals from different careers are coming out and calling out their abusers.  2012 Olympic Gold Medalist McKayla Maroney just came out and called out her trainer Larry Nassar for sexually harassing her throughout her career. 

Professionals from all over the world are coming out and being empowered by their situation. These along with all the other circumstances women are put through on the regular used to keep women down. They would keep it secret and be haunted by the idea for the rest of their lives. 

Some even blame themselves for what happened. The big reason things are changing now is because these women show who the real victim is and who the real monster is. These women are holding the torch for other women all over the world going through these kinds of things regularly. 

All these life changing situations put professionals in uncomfortable positions. These men of power take advantage of women by making them think that the only way they can succeed in the business is by being harassed and taken advantage of. In the old days, these kinds of conditions would go undisturbed. However, with times changing and women feeling more empowered by speaking out against conditions women face in the workplace, monsters like Weinstein can be taken down and our industry can move toward a brighter future. Although these kinds of battles are long fought, they do bring change. 

Shining a light on injustices like this is what we need to do as a society if we want to move forward. The more celebrities and people with social stature who come out and speak out against this kind of violence and harassment, the more the industry and society will begin to shun that behavior.


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