Harvey Weinstein Breaks Year-Long Silence and Survivors Aren't Having It
After a year-long break from public interviews, Harvey Weinstein, accused by over 80 women of rape, sexual assault or harassment over several decades of his career, broke his silence on Sunday in an exclusive interview with the New York Post. In the interview, he referred to himself as “the forgotten man,’’ because due to #MeToo, no one remembers his professional accomplishments.
“I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!” he said, adding:
“It all got eviscerated because of what happened. My work has been forgotten.’’
Weinstein’s comments come just weeks before his rape trial on Jan. 6, 2020, in Manhattan Supreme Court in New York. He has pleaded not guilty and denied allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s accusers and #MeToo advocate, responded to his recent comments on Twitter.
“I didn’t forget you, Harvey. My body didn’t forget you. I wish it could,” she wrote. “I refused to sign an NDA after it happened because I knew I would come for you. And I did. This is about stopping a prolific rapist. You.”
I didn’t forget you, Harvey. My body didn’t forget you. I wish it could. I refused to sign an NDA after it happened because I knew I would come for you. And I did. This is about stopping a prolific rapist. You.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) December 16, 2019
In addition to McGowan’s tweet, 23 other women who accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct issued a statement on Sunday night, claiming Weinstein was trying to “gaslight society”:
Harvey Weinstein is trying to gaslight society again. 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.
Social media users also took to Twitter to express their outrage over Weinstein’s comments:
Harvey Weinstein’s claim that “I feel like a forgotten man” is a stark reminder that powerful white men are so unused facing negative consequences for their acts of sexual violence that to them it feels like being discriminated against.
— Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) December 16, 2019
Harvey Weinstein is claiming that he "invented" women making films.
The ego of this monster!
Alice Guy. Lois Weber. Madeline Brandeis. Marion Wong. Lotte Reiniger. Dorothy Davenport. Claire Parker. Mary Ellen Bute. Germaine Dulac. Olga Preobrazhenskaya.
— Movies Silently (@MoviesSilently) December 16, 2019
My jaw literally dropped when I read this headline.
I can think of a lot of things #harveyweinstein deserves. A pat on the back is not one of them.
Jail time would be a good start, but my mind is a lot darker & more creative than that. https://t.co/W9tuzo3P7M
— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) December 16, 2019
It’s great to let men like this talk. Interview them all. The entire world should know how little they have learned and how they still blame everyone but themselves. https://t.co/zW46nMjTgY
— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) December 15, 2019
Why is this guy not in jail? https://t.co/OEMvuPdtwr
— Molly Jong-Fast???? (@MollyJongFast) December 16, 2019
This is the problem. Rich & powerful guy thinks it’s ok that he sexually assaulted & harassed women as long as he also helped them with their careers. Uh, NO. https://t.co/YBBix1kHu0
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) December 16, 2019
harvey weinstein saying he deserves a pat on the back when it comes to women is like the wildfires saying they deserve a pat on the back when it comes to california pic.twitter.com/t0MJqn9wtE
— gabbie hanna (@GabbieHanna) December 16, 2019
Re: Harvey Weinstein et al. We have to stop perpetuating the idea that a woman getting justice means she shouldn’t care about getting money. Healing from trauma requires MONEY. These men aren’t sorry. The justice system often fails victims. Give them money.
— Danielle SepulvereSpellingBee (@ellesep) December 16, 2019
Ex-fucking-cuse me — the nerve of men, I swear. https://t.co/qD8eUwVYeg
— MJ (@urfeministboss) December 16, 2019
Fuck Harvey Weinstein, look instead at this extremely good girl I had dinner with pic.twitter.com/Zu3K49A4V7
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) December 16, 2019
If this news is difficult for you, you’re not alone. It’s OK to stay away from the news for awhile to protect your mental health. If you or a loved one is affected by sexual abuse or assault and need help, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
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