Hollywood could be at the brink of an avalanche of sexual harassment and abuse cases. The Harvey Weinstein case may have set off a huge wave of other cases. That’s what one documentary filmmaker working in the industry claims.
The Daily Beast reports:
‘Going Clear’ Filmmaker Alex Gibney: Harvey Weinstein Is Just the Beginning
Weinstein was fired from the hugely influential film company he co-founded on Sunday night and sure enough—by Monday lunchtime—Hollywood figures were emerging from the shadows to attack a man they had once lavished with praise.
“There comes a moment when the veil of secrecy gets lifted and it’s like an inchoate agreement by society. It’s like, ‘OK, we’re not going to pretend that this didn’t happen anymore,’” said Gibney, who was at the London Film Festival to show a documentary that uncovers the truth about an unsolved massacre that killed six people in Northern Ireland in 1994. The Daily Beast will cover the film, No Stone Unturned, in detail later this week.
“Now we’re looking at the Harvey Weinstein thing, and we’ve looked at Cosby. And that’s kind of what I hope will happen with No Stone Unturned, too,” he said. “Because the stuff about Cosby had been rattling around for years. Even in the Andrea Constand case, many Jane Does had come forward, that was like seven years ago, but when the case was settled they all disappeared and they were very frustrated, and then you wonder why was it when suddenly Hannibal Buress started doing those comedy routines did everybody agree, ‘OK enough is enough?’ Same thing with Harvey.
This could be a moment of reckoning for Hollywood and not a good one.