Now that the cat is out of the bag and the “worst kept secret in Hollywood” has been exposed, we’re learning more about the co-conspirators that helped Harvey Weinstein stay out of trouble for so long.
Weinstein was outed in a New York Times expose for decades of sexual abuse against women in his industry, using his authoritative position to coerce them into performing sexual acts. In the wake of the not-so-shocking report, former New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman is now saying a story she did about Weinstein’s illicit activities in 2004 was buried, and Matt Damon and Russel Crowe helped bury it.
Waxman traveled the globe talking to Weinstein’s victims and looking into Fabrizio Lombardo, the head of Miramax Italy who made $400,000 annually with no experience at all in the film industry. Sources told Waxman that he was a personal friend of Weinstein’s and he helped set up favors for the disgraced Hollywood mogul.
“In 2004, I was still a fairly new reporter at The New York Times when I got the green light to look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein,” Waxman recalls in her piece. “It was believed that many occurred in Europe during festivals and other business trips there.”
During her travels, she spoke to a woman in London who had been paid off by Weinstein after an “unwanted sexual encounter,” so she was reluctant to talk because of her non-disclosure agreement. However, Waxman said “at least we had evidence of a pay-off.”
Unfortunately, “the story I reported never ran,” Waxman said, before making a bombshell revelation.
“After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted.”
“I was told at the time that Weinstein had visited the newsroom in person to make his displeasure known,” she added. “I knew he was a major advertiser in the Times, and that he was a powerful person overall.”
She then took a shot at the New York Times for allowing her story to be buried.
“But I had the facts, and this was the Times. Right?”
“Wrong. The story was stripped of any reference to sexual favors or coercion and buried on the inside of the Culture section, an obscure story about Miramax firing an Italian executive. Who cared?”
Waxman closed her piece lamenting the fact that had her story ran years ago, an untold number of women may have never been victimized by Weinstein.
“I was devastated after traveling to two countries and overcoming immense challenges to confirm at least part of the story that wound up running last week, more than a decade later. I had met in person with a woman who said she’d been paid off for an unwanted sexual encounter and thus proved she existed.”
“Today I wonder: If this story had come to light at the time, would Weinstein have continued his behavior for another decade, evidenced by the scathing 2015 memo by former staffer Lauren O’Connor unearthed by Kantor and Twohey.”
Apparently these leftists only have virtues when those virtues involve people of differing political persuasions.