Weinstein Scandal

Lauren Ulveling, A&E writer

Trading a lush Hollywood ife for a New York prisoncell is the reality for one of Hollywood’s biggest names. Harvey Weinstein, who was once a successful Hollywoodproducer, is now facing 25years in jail. Weinstein has been found guilty of a criminalsex act in the first-degree andrape in the third-degree. He was acquitted of three further charges, including the counts of predatory sexual assault, which carried a possible life sentence, and another alternative countof rape in the first-degree.

“Weinstein with his manipulation, his resources, his attorneys, his publicists and his spies did everything he could to silence the survivors. But they wouldn’t be silenced,spoke from their hearts, and were heard,” New York DistrictAttorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said.

Weinstein meticulously planned his attacks. He selectedhis victims for their vulnerability and neediness. He would often prey upon young women who were just starting their careers in entertainment. He gave them loyalty tests, and if theypassed, they got offered a job or a promotion. He would makehis victims feel safe and special,so that when he would attack,they would not expect it. Sixwomen have spoken out so farabout how they were assaulted.The attacks described in theirstatements are nearly identical. As the evidence unfolded in the courtroom, people were able to see that Weinsteinwas not looking for love orromance. What he did has beendescribed as malicious and sick.

Several of the witnesses told the jury that he thought that he was entitled to abuse women given his status within the movie industry. Actress Dawn Dunning claims Weinstein screamed at her, “This is how the business works. This is how actresses got where they are.”

On March 2, Weinstein was found guilty, and on March 11, he began his new life in a cell.

“For once, he won’t be sitting comfortably,” actress Rose McGowan said. “For once, he willknow what it’s like to have power wrapped around his neck.”

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, the 24/7 national hotline for sexual assault is 1-800-656-4673.