News John Oliver calls out Academy for expelling Weinstein but not Polanski, Cosby, or Casey Affleck
'See you at the next Oscars where - and this is true - Casey Affleck will be presenting Best Actress' Monday 16 October 2017 09:37 BST Click to followThe Independent Culture
The Academy certainly found its fair share of praise after expelling member Harvey Weinstein from its ranks, but there's a hypocrisy here that many were swift to point out.
Among them, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, who noted: "Finally the group that counts among its current members, Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, and Mel Gibson had found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked them out."
"So, congratulations, Hollywood. See you at the next Oscars where - and this is true - Casey Affleck will be presenting Best Actress." Last year's Oscars were riddled with controversy after Affleck picked up the Best Actor award for Manchester By the Sea , amidst the resurfacing of two sexual harassment allegations from 2010 . Read more Mayim Bialik fires back at 'vicious' critics over Weinstein comments
Oliver's comments formed part of a segment examining the level of complicity from those around Weinstein in protecting him and his actions. "It's not just his behaviour that was troubling, it's the way that people around him excused it," he said.
This included a clip played of actress Angie Everhart, who told TMZ that the producer had entered her yacht cabin during the Venice Film Festival while she was sleeping and masturbated in front of her. "I told people on the boat, I told people at the dinner I was at, and everybody was like, 'Oh, that’s just Harvey,'" Everhart added. Here's John Oliver's rant against Harvey Weinstein and the Academy tonight: pic.twitter.com/95lWyUiD49 — Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) October 16, 2017
"What the f*ck?!" Oliver responded. "So everyone knew, and they just went with it: ‘Oh yeah, Harvey’s going to burst into your room and masturbate. That’s just Harvey'. He’s like sex-criminal version of the Kool-Aid Man."
More than 30 women have come forward since The New York Times ' explosive article disclosed accusations ranging from sexual harassment to rape, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, and Asia Argento.
The host also touched on those who initially tried to defend Weinstein; director Oliver Stone's first response was "it's not easy what he's going through", while designer and longtime friend Donna Karan appeared to blame the victims with a statement which included, "How do we display ourselves... are we asking for it?" Harvey Weinstein: his accusers Harvey Weinstein: his accusers 1/8 1990: an unidentified former Miramax assistant
According to a former Miramax employee, a young assistant “left the company abruptly after an encounter with Harvey Weinstein” and received a settlement from Weinstein for an unspecified incident in 1990. Getty 2/8 1991: Laura Madden, a production assistant who worked at Miramax for a decade
Madden told the Times that Weinstein consistently “prodded her for massages at hotels,” a common theme among the sources the Times’s reporters spoke with. On one occasion, she said she locked herself in his hotel bathroom, sobbing 3/8 1996: actress Ashley Judd
Judd recounted for the Times how Weinstein allegedly harassed her while she was filming Kiss the Girls, inviting her to his hotel room and asking her for a massage, then inviting her to watch him shower. Judd first went public with the allegations in a 2015 interview with Variety during which she discussed the experience without naming the producer involved. She described Weinstein’s behavior as “coercive bargaining”; “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” she told the Times AFP/Getty 4/8 1997: actress Rose McGowan
McGowan reportedly reached a “previously undisclosed” $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997, over an incident that occurred in a hotel room Getty 5/8 1998: Zelda Perkins, Miramax production assistant
According to unnamed former colleagues of Perkins’s who spoke to the Times, Perkins allegedly confronted Weinstein about his behaviour toward her and other women at the company. She allegedly threatened to sue him or “go public”; a Miramax lawyer was reportedly tasked with negotiating a settlement Getty 6/8 2014: Emily Nestor, a Weinstein Company temp employee
Nestor had been temping at the Weinstein Company for only one day when Weinstein allegedly offered to boost her career in return for sexual favors, according to the Times. She declined and reportedly complained of his behaviour to colleagues, who later passed the information on to senior executives. An internal Weinstein Company document cited by the Times describes Nestor’s encounter with Weinstein as follows: “She said he was very persistent and focused though she kept saying no for over an hour” Getty 7/8 2015: Ambra Battilana, an aspiring model and actress
In March 2015, Battilana was reportedly summoned to Weinstein’s office on a Friday night to discuss her career. According to a police report cited by the Times, Battilana said she was assaulted by Weinstein, who “grabbed her breasts after asking if they were real and put his hands up her skirt.” Weinstein later claimed that Battilana had set him up, according to colleagues of his who were interviewed by the Times. The Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, later declined to press charges, and according to the Times, “made a payment” to Battilana. On 5 October, the International Business Times reported that after Vance dropped the charges, he received $10,000 from Weinstein’s lawyer 8/8 2015: Lauren O’Connor, an employee of the Weinstein Company
Lauren O’Connor penned a memo to executives alleging “a toxic environment for women” at the company. The memo cited numerous incidents of Weinstein harassing or coercing women who worked for him. She expressed fear that Weinstein was using her and other female employees to “facilitate liaisons with ‘vulnerable women who hope he will get them work.’” That same year, Weinstein allegedly reached a settlement with O’Connor Getty
"Excuse me? One, that is absolutely appalling, and two, how would Donna Karan know how women are dressing right now? It’s not 1993," Oliver joked. Both Stone and Karan have since apologised for their reactions.
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