At least one writer is warning that Harvey Weinstein, who faces the possibility of life in prison after being charged with sex crimes in New York, may try to take other Hollywood figures down with him.
In a piece published today by The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Galloway, author of the publication’s “Galloway on Film” column, says Weinstein is likely to call the industry’s biggest power brokers as witnesses for the defense.
“He won’t go down without a fight,” Galloway writes. “Just as this chapter in the #MeToo chronicle is drawing to an end, another is about to begin. Call it Harvey’s Revenge.”
The piece notes that Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, has already said Weinstein will plead not guilty to the latest charges. Brafman is quoted saying: “Mr. Weinstein maintains that all of these allegations are false and he expects to be fully vindicated. Furthermore, to charge Mr. Weinstein as a predator when the interactions were each consensual is simply not justified.”
Galloway adds: “Weinstein’s loudest argument is likely to be: Not only is he not guilty, but that anyone and everyone who got into his proximity knew the rules of the game. And those rules were that sexism and chauvinism, lewdness and lechery, violence and predation were OK. More than that, they were the order of the day.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to THR to read Galloway’s full column.