This Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal is getting all kinds of strange. Sharon Waxman, the creator of TheWrap, worked as a reporter for the New York Times, and she claims she tried to uncover Weinstein’s disgusting history of abuse/harassment back in 2004.
She allegedly had proof of this abuse, but the story was dropped after “intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly…and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times.”
As you all know, the New York Times was the publication that ended up publishing the damaging report last week, which means they were sitting on these allegations for over 10 years. And if you’re wondering why they waited so long to hit that publish button, it’s most likely because they were collecting evidence. I’m sure Weinstein’s cronies were threatening to sue, so the Times wanted to make sure they had enough meat in the story to cover their a**.
Neither Damon nor Crowe have responded to Waxman’s claims, but George Clooney (who worked with Weinstein on several projects) has opened up about just how much he knew.
“A lot of people are doing the ‘you had to know’ thing right now, and yes, if you’re asking if I knew that someone who was very powerful had a tendency to hit on young, beautiful women, sure. But I had no idea that it had gone to the level of having to pay off eight women for their silence, and that these women were threatened and victimized. I’ve been talking with a lot of people about this, and I don’t know many people who knew of that.”
As we reported yesterday, Weinstein was forced out of his company.[mashshare]