Since The New York Times’ and The New Yorker’s expose on Harvey Weinstein’s decades of paying off women who he allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted, Weinstein has denied any accusations of harassment or non-consensual sex. Although Weinstein has denied the allegations, he has also said that he needs to get help and better himself.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” Weinstein said in a statement to The New York Times. “Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment. My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons.”
Although there have been celebrities who have continued working in Hollywood despite scandals, none of these celebrities’ alleged crimes were as severe and as numerous as Harvey Weinstein’s. Woody Allen, for instance, has been accused of sexually abusing his daughter, and he continues to make movies. Roman Polanski also continued working and even won an Oscar after pleading guilty to statutory rape after allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. But Harvey Weinstein is alleged to have sexually abused dozens upon dozens of women over the course of his decades-long career in the industry, using his power as producer to lure these women to his hotel room. Weinstein’s case is more akin to Bill Cosby’s, and Cosby has been completely ostracized since more than 60 women accused him of sexual assault.
Recently, Weinstein became only the second person in history to be expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the first to be expelled due to behavior of this kind (the only other person was expelled for leaking DVD screeners). The Producers Guild of America has also begun the process of removing Weinstein, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will likely expel him as well.
In addition, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer this week asked any woman who has been sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein to come forward, noting that “we will prosecute.”