The first civil law suit has been filed against Harvey Weinstein by actress Dominique Huett on Tuesday, following a slew of sexual assault allegations resulting in the entertainment mogul’s exit from his company.
The Weinstein Company is being sued for negligence by Huett, marking the first legal attention this high-profile case will receive. Some of the more well-known figures that have revealed themselves as victims of Weinstein are Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham, Kate Beckinsale, Reese Witherspoon, Rosanna Arquette and Katherine Kendall.
This sudden hike in women coming out on Weinstein, and in-turn bringing harrowing practices that plague the industry to attention was sparked by Alyssa Milano’s Twitter posting. The former Charmed actress rallied more women to share experiences that they had suppressed from the media in fear of losing their status in the entertainment industry.
Harvey Weinstein’s spokeswoman first responded to the allegations with denial and showed effort in publicizing a more family-oriented image for him but his resignation from the board in Weinstein and Co. and removal from any affiliations from Miramax suggest a shift in his positioning on the matters, especially with more women exposing him on social media and now, legally. On October 10, his attorney Patricia Glaser even went on to say others on the board at Weinstein were aware of the happenings and that they too have to come forward and accept blame.
“The government needs to undertake this issue and formulate a plan to regulate these grey areas better, as women deserve the same quality of life as their male counterparts, both paying the same denotations of taxation to the state and central legislations” said sophomore Gio Delgado.
Notably by the 15th of October, a total of 38 women had accused director James Toback of sexual misconduct, showing that the movement against inappropriate behavior at the workplace is gaining traction. Sexual assault is not legally tolerated and citizens feel the notion could extend to office spaces beyond the entertainment industry. Weinstein’s count of shame is at 56 as of the 1st of November.
“Hopefully more victims from other sectors will come forward and unveil more parasites like Weinstein” said Freshman Jesus Mendoza.
The Weinstein Company is not looking for private buyers to take-over the establishment. The industry too has taken damage and male figures in show-biz have expressed their knowledge on the issue. Tom Hanks has said he was aware of the sad truth and Seth McFarlane even joked about it on stage at the 2013 Oscars.
“Congratulations, you five ladies don’t have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein anymore!” said comedy-icon McFarlane, referring to the nominees.
Despite inching around the legal tussles, Harvey Weinstein still owns 23% of Weinstein and Co. in shares. Four members of the all-male board have already resigned. This incident happens to evoke questioning the need for government agencies to look into hierarchies established in businesses.
“While regulating such intricacies of a private organization might seem impossible, we have little alternatives. This is an opportunity to bring about new regulations and we must progressively act on it”, said senior Viri Luna.
The public awaits development on this case as court proceedings will reveal how civil reforms might be shaped by this exposé.