When you hear the name Harvey Weinstein, you might think, “Oh yeah, that guy who gets thanked a bunch in Oscar acceptance speeches.” Or, if you do a lot of gossip reading, you might think, “Oh yeah, that not-so-secret creep who can’t keep his hands to himself when he sees a pretty young model or actress.”
It might not be much of a secret anymore. According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times and The New Yorker are planning to release tell-all exposés about Harvey Weinstein, complete with some women who went on the record regarding his alleged grossness. Not surprisingly, Harvey has lawyered up.
Variety and THR are saying that Harvey has put together a team of lawyers and several crisis management professionals in preparation for the stories that could come out as soon as this week. It’s not known for sure what the piece will be about, but sources tell Variety it will detail “sexual allegations and improper workplace behavior against him.” Why do I get the feeling that Rose McGowan is about to get a whole lot of press.
Several sources tell THR that the Times has been calling dozens of current and former employees and associates of Harvey Weinstein going back as far as 20 years. The Times has also gotten their hands on some internal human resources documents.
THR says that Ronan Farrow, who knows a thing or two about powerful showbiz creeps, has also been digging up dirt on Harvey Weinstein for the past year and is working with The New Yorker on a “lengthy” story. Gross.
Harvey’s team of lawyers includes David Boies, Lisa Bloom, and Charles Harder. Harvey Weinstein was asked about the rumor of this upcoming exposé by Variety, and he replied that he didn’t know anything about it, and joked that he’d have one of his “high-priced lawyers” get back to them. Both Harvey and Lisa Bloom later issued statements regarding the validity of the soon-to-be released piece.
“The story sounds so good I want to buy the movie rights,” said Weinstein.
“Harvey Weinstein is obviously excellent at assembling a legal team,” said Bloom.
Hmmm, I wonder what that process involved? I bet Harvey had them audition for a spot on his team in his office, maybe while sitting on a couch he uses specifically for casting his most important roles. A casting couch, if you will. But I’m sure Harvey Weinstein has no idea what I’m talking about.