Harvey Weinstein: from Hollywood 'God' to #MeToo outcast
NEW YORK: For decades, he was untouchable, telling him about Hollywood as the powerful producer Meryl streep Famous called God.
But since October 2017, Harvey Weinstein has been an outcast, a sexual predator in the eyes of an audience that will forever associate him with the #MeToo movement.
Weinstein, 67, goes to trial in New York on Monday, more than two years after The New York Times and The New Yorker accused him of a litany of sexual harassment, assault and rape.
If convicted of rape and sexual assault, the Oscar-winning movie mogul could be jailed for life. But even if it is clear, his career is already dead.
Almost 90 women, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek They have submitted alleging 40 years of vile predatory behavior by Weinstein, who has always maintained that their sexual encounters were consensual.
The accusations caused a milestone in sexual harassment that ended the career of several powerful men when tens of thousands of women shared their stories of abuse online under the hashtag #MeToo.
Weinstein apologized, but seemed to justify his behavior as culture then in a strange statement shortly after the scandal broke out.
I came of age in the 60s and 70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different, he said.
Once the favorite of film festivals such as Cannes and Sundance, Weinstein was quickly expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the institution that awards the Oscars.
The former donor of the Democratic Party, who rubbed shoulders with Hillary Clinton, disappeared from public life, occasionally arising from a reported sex addiction treatment, her name is toxic and her reputation is tattered.
Then, on May 25, 2018, he was accused of predatory sexual assault. The images of him in handcuffs were transmitted all over the world.
He denied the charges of raping a woman in 2013 and having forced oral sex with another in 2006.
With a $ 2 million bond and an electronic tag, Weinstein has rarely spoken publicly since his initial response to the scandal.
However, he provoked a protest last month when he expressed no remorse in an interview with The New York Post, complaining to the tabloid newspaper that the world had forgotten how he pioneered films directed by women.
I made more films directed by women and women than any filmmaker and I am talking about 30 years ago, the producer said.
Twenty-three accusers, including actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan responded by assuring him that he would be remembered as a sexual predator and an unrepentant abuser.
Born in Queens on March 19, 1952, the son of a diamond carver, Weinstein studied at the University of Buffalo and initially produced rock concerts until he and his younger brother Bob entered the film business.
Co-founder of Miramax Films, a small distribution company named after his mother Miriam and his father Max, in 1979.
His hits included Shakespeare in Love of 1998, for which Weinstein shared the Oscar for best film. The company was sold to Disney in 1993 and the brothers left in 2005 to begin.
Over the years, Weinstein's films received more than 300 Oscar nominations and 81 statuettes.
The films he directed for the glory of the Academy Awards include The Artist, The King's Speech and The Iron Lady, who won the best actress for Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
In spite of everything, the big executive was famous for his hard approach to work and the Oscar campaigns. He was nicknamed Harvey Scissorhands for his aggressive film editing.
Weinstein once had a personal fortune estimated at $ 150 million, but has quickly disappeared after his fall from grace.
The Weinstein Company was declared bankrupt last year due to an avalanche of claims related to claims of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Last month, Weinstein reached a $ 25 million deal with more than 30 actresses and former employees who sued him. The bill will be covered by insurers and their former company.
Prosecutors say Weinstein has sold five properties for a total of $ 60 million in the past two years to pay legal fees and support his two former wives.
The second, the English fashion designer Georgina Chapman, divorced him after the scandal.
Weinstein now lives in relative darkness in a rented house in a suburb of New York near the two young children he has with Chapman.
Leaving the house is a risky business. In October, several women were expelled from a bar in Manhattan after they saw Weinstein and confronted him.
Weinstein looked pale and fragile when he entered a pretrial court hearing using a walking frame last month.
Since then he underwent surgery to relieve back pain caused by a car accident in August.