From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

What was a first a large number of women by many accounts has become an avalanche of women including several “A” list actresses. While there are those who will choose not to believe, even if the evidence of semen stained clothes are produced, it is obvious to most people that Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator. How long has these sexually inappropriate behaviors been going on we might never know for sure but recorded accusations range back 30 years so it is more than possible that the behaviors could actually go back 40 or 50 years to when Weinstein was a teenager. Why do you ask am I sure that Weinstein’s criminal behaviors go back further. The reasoning is simply that before Weinstein would be so bold as to engage in those behaviors as a function of his career with simi-strangers he would have attempted the sexual behaviors in a more private manner with an associate. This reasoning is especially sound as it appears that Weinstein and his brother only started the company approximately 30 odd years ago.

I don’t know if Weinstein could have benefited from counseling if he had been reported/caught after one of his first incidents of sexually inappropriate behaviors.

From reports of his brother, Bob, he was always arrogant, had a sense of entitlement and would become verbally aggressive when things didn’t work out for him. Bob describes his big brother, Harvey, as a bully and stated that he knew of Harvey’s literally just going out there cheating in a pervasive way.

“I actually was quite aware that Harvey was philandering with every woman he could meet. I was sick and disgusted by his actions. No F-in way was I aware that that was the type of predator that he was. And the way he convinced people to do things? I thought they were all consensual situation.”

{The Hollywood Reporter – Bob Weinstein Gets Emotional on “Depraved” Harvey, Saving the Company and His “Waking Nightmare” (Exclusive)

But right now, even as he struggles to right the company (of which he and Harvey both own about 20 percent each), he’s also coping with his own sense of shame and betrayal, expressing sympathy for Harvey’s victims while also questioning whether he should have done more in the face of Harvey’s alleged abusive behavior. Bob, who worked mostly in Los Angeles while Harvey presided over TWC’s New York offices, says he’s barely spoken to his brother over the past five years. “I could not take his cheating, his lying and also his attitude toward everyone,” he says. While he says he knew his brother was unfaithful to wife Georgina Chapman, Bob insists he had no idea about “the type of predator that he was” and is sickened by Harvey’s seeming lack of remorse. “I have a brother that’s indefensible and crazy,” says Bob, adding, “I want him to get the justice that he deserves.”}

Some people, I will admit mostly women, feel that Bob is covering up and down playing his knowledge of Harvey’s behaviors in an effort to save the company. If Bob is covering up he is part of a host of men in Hollywood, in front and behind the screen, who are also covering up their knowledge of the open secret of sexual abuse that was Harvey Weinstein.

But in defense of Bob, there is a learned pattern of looking the other way when working with family and close friend. This pattern isn’t started in defense of the friend or family member but in a manner of self protection. As anyone who has ever been pulled into a friends or family members person drama will tell you after a while the only way to maintain their own sanity is to put up walls between yourselves and the drama inducing situations. You could see this in the way that some of Tim Jobs early co-workers and friends provided for his daughter without his knowledge. You also see this in friends that ignore others drug usage when it doesn’t interfere with the job. These are just a couple of examples and highlight how it’s possible Bob only knew about Harvey’s casual disregard for fidelity towards his marriage vows.

This doesn’t mean that I think the company was blameless. I do think that the company contributed to the abuse as well as the cover up but that’s because that’s how Harvey wanted it. For the company, if they survive, I would hope that they would step to the forefront of the Hollywood effort to curb the “casting couch”. Because make no mistake Harvey is not the only man in Hollywood to use the power associated with the job in that manner. Something needs to be done to prevent this type of abuse from continuing.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/from-aggressive-overtures-to-sexual-assault-harvey-weinsteins-accusers-tell-their-stories

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(RETRACTION) Oliver Stone on Harvey Weinstein: I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system- Variety /The question remains will Hollywood continue to support Woody Allen, Roman Polinsky and Casey Affleck

The Perspectives, developments of the “the white boys club” are constantly changing with the continued fallout from the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment, abuse and rape scandal. These retractions, changes, updates are happening so fast it’s almost like a set of dominos in a line tumbling down. I have attempted to include a cross section of the articles but with the numbers written daily this is impossible. I purposely did not talk about Bill Cosby and his associated scandal because it appears that Hollywood is not supporting his career.

Oliver Stone “HYPOCRITE” initially responded to a question about the Harvey Weinstein scandal at the Busan International Film Festival on Thursday, saying “it’s not easy” for the former Hollywood mogul.

“I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial,” the controversial U.S. film director said. “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through either. He was a rival and I never did business with him. I’ve heard horror stories on everyone in the business. So, I’m not going to comment on that. I’ll wait and see, which is the right thing to do.”

http://variety.com/2017/politics/asia/oliver-stone-harvey-weinstein-1202588878/

{Will Flood of Weinstein Accusers Bring Sweeping Change to Hollywood?

On Thursday evening, in a case unrelated to Weinstein, the chief of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, was suspended after a female producer of an Amazon show, Isa Hackett, revealed verbally abusive comments he made to her, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Even the film director Oliver Stone seems to have changed his mind on the subject. After the initial article came out about Weinstein, Stone told the Hollywood Reporter that Weinstein shouldn’t be condemned by a “vigilante system,” and urged public opinion to wait for a trial.

“It’s not easy what he’s going through either,” Stone said, drawing widespread ridicule.

Model and actress Carrie Stevens told The New York Daily News Thursday that Stone had grabbed her breast at a party more than two days ago.

On the same day, Stone backtracked on his comments, saying he had finally seen the widespread allegations against Weinstein. He said he would drop out of a Showtime television project he was working on with the Weinstein Co.

“I’m appalled and commend the courage of the women who’ve stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape,” Stone said

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/will-flood-weinstein-accusers-bring-sweeping-change-hollywood-n810701 }

{Producers Guild Delays Meeting on Possible Expulsion of Harvey Weinstein

Citing the need for confidentiality, the Producers Guild of America has delayed its emergency board meeting to decide whether to expel disgraced ex-mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The meeting had been set to take place on Saturday but will now occur on Monday.}

**So Are People Going To Stop Working With Woody Allen & Roman Polanski Now?

Why does Hollywood keep defending Roman Polanski?

“As far as what I did: it’s over,” Polanski said.

“I pleaded guilty. I went to jail. I came back to the United States to do it, people forget about that, or don’t even know. I then was locked up here after this festival [in 2009]. So in the sum, I did about four or five times more than what was promised to me.”

On Wednesday, German actress Renate Langer, 61, publicly accused Polanski of raping her on two separate occasions in 1972, when she was 15.

Roman Polanski Comments on Rape Case: “It’s Over”

The 84-year-old director spoke out about his decades-old sexual assault accusations in a rare press interview at the Zurich Film Festival, where he’s promoting his latest film, ‘Based on a True Story.’

In a rare press interview, Roman Polanski has addressed the decades-old sexual assault case that continues to dominate any discussion of the 84-year-old Oscar-winning director or his work.

Most of the facts of the case are undisputed. On March 11, 1977, Polanski, at the time the toast of Hollywood as the director of Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown, was arrested and charged with drugging and raping then-13-year-old Samantha Gailey (now Samantha Geimer). As part of a plea bargain, Polanski pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, underwent psychiatric evaluation and spent 42 days in jail.

But in 1978, when he heard that a judge was going to disregard the plea bargain and make an example of him, reportedly by giving him up to 50 years in prison, Polanski fled to Paris. He has remained a fugitive ever since, despite repeated attempts, including several pleas by the victim, to have the case dismissed. Last month, California judge Scott Gordon rejected Geimer’s latest request, saying the Polanski case would go forward.

“As you know, Samantha Geimer has been asking for over 30 years for this thing to end,” Polanski said. “But, I’m sorry the judges who dealt with it the last 40 years were corrupted, one covering for the other. So I don’t maybe one of them will [eventually] stop doing it.”

Roman Polanski Accused of Rape by Former German Actress

Langer is the latest woman to publicly accuse Polanski of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. In 2010, British actress Charlotte Lewis, who appeared in Polanski’s 1986 film “Pirates,” accused him of “forcing himself” on her in 1982 in Paris when she was 16.

Last month, a third woman who identified herself as Robin went public with her claim that Polanski sexually victimized her in 1973, when she was 16.

*Swiss prosecutors probe 1972 rape claim against Roman Polanski

GENEVA — A Swiss prosecutor’s office says it has jurisdiction in the complaint of a German woman alleging Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski raped her in an Alpine resort town when she was a teenager 45 years ago.

Woody Allen: “Harvey Weinstein Thing Is Very Sad for Everybody Involved”

Woody Allen has weighed in on Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct scandal, saying it is “sad” for the victims as well as for the producer himself.

The famed director, whose own daughter has accused him of sexual abuse—a claim he denied, spoke to the BBC in an interview posted on Sunday.

“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” he said. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that is life is so messed up.

“There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that,” he added.

Woody Allen Fears ‘Witch Hunt’ of Every Guy in Office Who Winks at a Woman

“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” said Allen, whose son Ronan Farrow reported claims from several women alleging Weinstein raped them. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up.”

“You also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself,” Allen said. “That’s not right either.”

“There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that,” said Allen, who has faced allegations that he sexually molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow 25 years ago.

Allen has denied any wrongdoing. Connecticut authorities never charged the filmmaker with a crime.

Weinstein has been widely credited with reviving Allen’s career following the controversy with his daughter.

Casey Affleck’s Dark Secret: The Disturbing Allegations Against the Oscar Hopeful

Asked to comment on two sexual-harassment suits that were brought against him by women who worked on I’m Still Here, Affleck responds, “People say whatever they want. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you respond… I guess people think if you’re well-known, it’s perfectly fine to say anything you want. I don’t know why that is. But it shouldn’t be, because everybody has families and lives.” The Daily Beast reached out to Affleck’s representative for additional comment to no avail.

Casey Affleck’s Oscar Win Confirms Harassment Allegations Aren’t Disqualifying -From the Oscars to the White House, white men who treat women like crap can have it all.

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For me, myself and I, and my paranoid nature, it appears as if Harvey Weinstein has been thrown to the wolves in hopes of limiting the fallout to the movie industry.

Oliver Stone has already reputed his previous statement regarding #VigilanteSystem towards Harvey Weinstein and gave lip service to the courage of the women who are coming forward. It should also be noted that a woman said Stone grabbed her breast just last week. Amazon Studios has suspended one of it’s executives. And instead of waiting like the Producers Guild of America; Harvey Weinstein officially voted out of the Academy.

Now the question is who knew and may have covered up for Weinstein over the years. I’m sure if Rose McGowan were black, society would have tried to discount her as a Angry Black Woman, which translates to white people as irrational and uncouth. But Rose McGowan isn’t black and although Twitter did suspend her account for I think a day the “twitterverse” has put Twitter on notice that they’re watching for an abuse of power or to expose a double standard.

Rose McGowan has been very active on Twitter and news reporters are also waiting, watching and reporting on individuals she is calling out for maybe misguidedly assisting Weinstein in covering up his transgressions.

*Rose McGowan Calls Out Matt Damon, Russell Crowe, Ben and Casey Affleck in Latest Harvey Weinstein Tweets

But women other like, , are also calling out individuals and the media. ‘Weinstein’s Media Enablers’? The New York Times Is One of Them– The paper had a story on mogul’s sexual misconduct back in 2004 — but gutted it under pressure

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In Antebellum Black Ethnology

Dictionary definition of Antebellum Black Ethnology | Encyclopedia.com: FREE online dictionary

“scientific racism,” American Ethnology focused on racial differences, and it invariably classified blacks and other people of color as inferior and innately distinct from white people. Accordingly, American ethnology, as put forth by white authors, lent support to proslavery apologists such as Josiah Nott (1804–1873), who drew on its arguments for black inferiority to support the perpetuation of slavery. Black Americans, however, countered with ethnological arguments of their own.

Antebellum black ethnology defended the status of black people in the human family and the scriptures, stressing that all the races of humanity descended from a shared ancestry. Among the nineteenth-century blacks who wrote and spoke about ethnology were a number of well-known figures such as Frederick Douglass (1817– 1895) and Martin Delany (1812–1885), as well as scores of more obscure black thinkers.

THE ORIGINS OF BLACK ETHNOLOGY
In addressing ethnology in the 1850s, Delany and Douglass joined an already well-established tradition of black racial self-defense. Published African-American defenses of the capacities of the black race date back to the eighteenth-century, when African-Americans first confronted published arguments for black inferiority. Among the earliest arguments they encountered came from Thomas Jefferson. Writing in Notes on the State of Virginia (1789), Jefferson “advanced, as a suspicion only, that blacks whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time, are inferior to whites in the endowments of body and mind” (p. 262). Jefferson’s speculations were soon answered by an African-American contemporary named Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806), a self-educated former slave who achieved considerable renown as a mathematician, astronomer, and surveyor. In a public letter to Jefferson written in 1792, Banneker stressed that “we are all of the same human family” and implored the founding father to “embrace every opportunity to eradicate that train of absurd and false opinions and ideas, which so generally prevails with respect to us” (Nash 1990, p. 178). Jefferson’s response to Banneker was cordial, but his views seem to have remained the same. In a private letter to a friend, Jefferson wrote “I have a long letter from Banneker, which shows him to have a mind of a very common stature indeed” (Bay 2000, p. 17).

Jefferson’s negative assessment of the capacities of the black race would be increasingly widely supported in the nineteenth century.

Please read material listed in the bibliography or follow the link below for the rest of the article.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bay, Mia. 2000. The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas about White People, 1830–1925. New York: Oxford University Press.

Browne, Stephen Howard. 2000. “Counter-Science: African-American Historians and the Critique of Ethnology in Nineteenth-Century America.” Western Journal of Communication 64 (3): 268–284.

Delany, Martin R. 1968 (1852). The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States. New York: Arno Press.

———. 1879. Principia of Ethnology: The Origin of Races and Color, with an Archeological Compendium of Ethiopian and Egyptian Civilization from Years of Careful Examination and Enquiry. Philadelphia: Harper and Brother.

Douglass, Frederick. 1982. “The Claims of the Negro Ethnologically Considered: A Speech Delivered to the Prestigious Philozetian and Phi Delta Societies of Western Reserve College in Hudson, Ohio, 12, July, 1854.” In The Frederick Douglass Papers, Series One: Speeches, Debates, and Interviews. Vol. 2, 1847–54, edited by John W. Blassingame. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Easton, Hosea. 1837. A Treatise on the Intellectual Character, and Civil and Political Condition of the Colored People of the United States. Boston: Isaac Knapp.

Fredrickson, George M. 1971. The Black Image in the White Mind: The Debate over Afro-American Character and Destiny 1817–1914. New York: Harper & Row.

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Gossett, Thomas F. 1963. Race: The History of an Idea in America. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press.

Gould, Stephen J. 1981. The Mismeasure of Man. New York: W. W. Norton.

Jefferson, Thomas. 1944. “Notes on the State of Virginia.” In The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson, edited by Adrienne Koch and William Peden. New York: Modern American Library.

Lewis, R. B. 1844. Light and Truth: Collected from the Bible and Ancient and Modern History Containing the Universal History of the Colored and Indian Race; from the Creation of the World to the Present Time. Boston: Committee of Colored Gentlemen.

Morton, Samuel. 1844. Crania Aegyptiaca: Or, Observations on Egyptian Ethnography Derived from Anatomy, History, and the Monuments. Philadelphia: J. Penington.

Nash, Gary. 1990. Race and Revolution. Madison, WI: Madison House.

Pennington, James, W. C. 1969 (1841). A Text Book of the Origins and History of the Colored People. Detroit, MI: Negro History Press.

http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/antebellum-black-ethnology

They Said We Are Their Slaves | Human Rights Watch

Sexual Violence by Armed Groups in the Central African Republic

During nearly five years of conflict, armed groups in the Central African Republic have committed widespread sexual violence and used rape and sexual slavery as a tactic of war.

Two main parties to the conflict, the Seleka and anti-balaka, have used sexual violence to punish women and girls, particularly along sectarian lines. In many cases, the sexual violence Human Rights Watch documented amounts to torture.

Historic impunity for sexual violence in the country, as well as a largely dysfunctional justice system, give survivors little hope for justice. Most cases Human Rights Watch documented are not only crimes under Central African law but constitute war crimes and may constitute crimes against humanity.

Despite this, to date not a single member of an armed group is known to have been punished for rape.

https://www.hrw.org/video-photos/interactive/2017/10/05/they-said-we-are-their-slaves

Top Democrat suggests Wells Fargo should be shut down entirely

Wells Fargo, has apologized for making mistakes that hurt customers.

Unfortunately, this is not an apology but a minimizing of the facts, an #AlternativeFact that suggest that the activities that lead to the investigation of Wells Fargo are no bigger than the Teller forgetting to send the customer a new ATM card when requested. No, the activities that Wells Fargo engaged in are so egregious that several high ranking corporate staff were fired, Wells Fargo has several class action lawsuits and Wells Fargo has had to go and answer questions before the House Financial Services Committee.

I can understand how Auntie Maxine and other Democrats on the committee would think that Wells Fargo needs to be held to a higher standard of accountability.

{Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, issued a 38-page report on Friday slamming regulators for failing to punish the bank more severely for its recent scandals.}

Personally, as an American citizen the way Wells Fargo has been allowed to skate any serious punishment and the fact that I never expected them to be held to a basic level of accountability is very insulting. The insult is two-fold. Firstly, Wells Fargo even though a corporation is considered the same as a person in some instances; instances that benefits them and those politicians who benefit from a relationship with Wells Fargo. Secondly, regards to the parts of this situation that might be considered instances of criminal activity Wells Fargo once again becomes a corporation and doesn’t have to face criminal charges. This is the insult to injury part of the entire situation, even with Wells Fargo is having to pay damages via the class action lawsuits no one is going to jail. If I had started a bank account in someone else’s name it’s almost guaranteed that I will end up in jail. Yet, no one at Wells Fargo is facing criminal charges.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/02/investing/wells-fargo-shut-down-democrats/index.html

The Takeover How the Elderly Lose Their Rights

Guardians can sell the assets and control the lives of senior citizens without their consent—and reap a profit from it.

After a stranger became their guardian, Rudy and Rennie North were moved to a nursing home and their property was sold.

My mother was in nursing homes for several years prior to her death. While the fact is that we as a family had no choice but to place her in a nursing home there has still been conflict regarding her very little assets. But becoming the caregiver for my mother opened me up to a whole new world of conversation with coworkers. It seems that a large majority of my coworkers were also caregivers for their parents. Some parents still lived independently, some lived with their kids and others kids lived with them. No matter what the living situation the question of the assets were always problematic. The thought that a complete stranger could come into the situation and muddy the waters more is terrifying.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights/amp

Trial and Terror

The U.S. government has prosecuted 810 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence.

As a descendant of enslaved Africans I often have a different perception of news events and political speeches than people who immigrated from Europe. That being said, I also know acknowledge that my definition of words, events and situations is also colored by my perception. So my first thought when reading this is based upon the history of how blacks were investigated and charged with crime during the Civil Rights movement.

Luckily I am not alone in my questioning of information that I have been feed. Others who also happen to question what they are being feed have investigated, analyzed information from various sources and compiled new data. It is no surprise to me that this new data may contradict information that the government is determined to feed the public.

{To build our Homegrown Terror database, we obtained data from a variety of sources: theCongressional Research Service, the FBI, DT Analytics, The Heritage Foundation, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, New America, Mother Jones, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Abortion Federation and the Animal Liberation Front’s ownwebsite. In addition, we set up news filters and searched journalism databases to scoop up missing incidents, using search terms such as “Islamist,” “sovereign citizen,” “Oath Keeper,” “ecoterrorism” and so on.

Through public databases and Freedom of Information Act requests, we collected primary court and law enforcement documents for almost every incident and carefully examined them, in combination with credible news coverage, to check whether each entry met the FBI criteria that define domestic terrorism. Incidents that met the definition were included, regardless of whether prosecutors filed terrorism charges. Some incidents inevitably involved judgment calls. To adjudicate those, we turned to a panel of experts: William Banks, director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at the Syracuse University College of Law; Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University; and Daryl Johnson, former senior domestic terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, now the owner and CEO of consulting firm DT Analytics. They provided guidance on whether to include or exclude borderline cases, such as those related to hate crimes, mental illness and confrontations with law enforcement.

https://www.revealnews.org/blog/how-we-analyzed-domestic-terror-incidents/ }

One fact that would surprise white America is the fact that American extremest have killed almost the same number of people as Islamic extremest. Yet, these American extremest are not likely to be charged as terrorist.

The difference between the number of incidents of terrorism is the government not classifying most incident that are non-Muslim as terrorism. My purpose is only to provide information for you with information to make a decisions.

https://trial-and-terror.theintercept.com/