Posts tagged with "Harvey Weinstein"

In victory for ‘Me Too,’ Harvey Weinstein found guilty as sexual predator; remanded to custody

February 25, 2020

Harvey Weinstein—formerly a large and in-charge Hollywood film producer—was found guilty on two counts on Monday morning, February 24, in his New York sexual assault trial.

Specifically, the jury convicted Weinstein of two of the five charges against him: a criminal sexual act and third-degree rape, according to a report by The Hill. The 67-year-old former movie mogul has denied any wrongdoing, saying all of his sexual encounters were consensual—however, he did not testify on his own behalf.

The verdict brings to a close the high-profile New York case—during which prosecutors had characterized him as a “sexual predator” and a serial “rapist.” Indeed, during her opening arguments last month, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast said that evidence in Weinstein’s case would show he was “not just a titan of Hollywood but a rapist.”

Jurors heard emotional testimony, including from actress Annabella Sciorrawho told the court that Weinstein raped her after shoving his way into her Manhattan apartment. “I was trying to get him off me,” Sciorra testified. “I was punching him, kicking him.”

According to The Hill, another witness who accused the former film executive of rape became so emotional during an hours-long cross-examination by Weinstein’s attorney Donna Rotunno that she was dismissed for the day by the judge.

The sexual assault allegations, first brought against Weinstein in 2017—followed by a flurry of public accusations of sexual misconduct against many in the entertainment industry— helped to spur the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and to shine a spotlight on systemic sexual harassment.

In total, The Hill notes, more than 80 women—including actresses Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, and Gwyneth Paltrow—have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, ranging from harassment to rape.

Last year, Weinstein reportedly reached a $44 million settlement with some of his accusers.

Weinstein was remanded to custody by New York Supreme Court Judge James Burke pending sentencing on Wednesday, March 11. Rotunno made an unsuccessful last-ditch plea to keep her client free on bail due, in part, to his ill health and pain as a result of an auto accident last summer, but the judge did not grant the request.

The erstwhile Miramax titan could face up to 25 years in prison, with a minimum of four years.

What’s more, the legal peril isn’t over for Weinstein, who has also been indicted for alleged sexual misconduct in Los Angeles.

Research contact: @thehill

Would you name your baby Donald?

May 3, 2018

Would you name your newborn son Donald? Findings of a poll of 1,434 parents by U.K.-based parenting site Channel Mum indicate that the most common reason for not using a name was that “[It] reminds me of someone I don’t like.”

The research results were released on April 3 and posted on SWNS. A whopping 83% of respondents admitted that they had rejected baby names for this reason, alongside 81% who had ruled out a moniker that didn’t fit with their surname.

The name, Harvey, has been shunned by 34% of respondents, since Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.

In addition, the pollsters found that such previously popular baby names as Alexa, Stan, and Ollie have been ditched for slightly more bizarre reasons.

For example, while it still is fashionable among older couples, Alexa is not an option for two-thirds of younger parents; because it’s the same name as Amazon’s digital assistant.

Another name that has lost the love of Millennial parents is Stan, because the hashtag #Stan is used online to mean “stalker-fan” in Britain.

And Ollie, which had been the 69th most-popular name for a boy as recently as 2016, also has fallen out of favor with 60% of moms and dads— because of a bizarre Internet phenomena which is driving Brits to eat U.S. Ollie-brand dog food, marketed as “human-grade.”

The female name, Felicia, has been shunned by 55% of new parents, for reasons similar to Stan—because it is the subject of the cruel hashtag, #ByeFelicia. In fact, 55% of respondents said they would be very worried if their child had a name linked to a hashtag, meme or other Internet trend, with one in 25 encouraging their child to use a middle name or change his or her name altogether.

Other boys’ names falling from favor include Christian. Two in five families have shunned the name due to its association with the book and film, 50 Shades of Grey, and because it is seen as “too religious” in multi-cultural Britain.

Finally, Scarlett for girls is becoming less popular, with 27% of moms and dads preferring the trendier Violet.

On girls’ names, the study found Katie and Cait are becoming less popular for a range of reasons, including links to the I Am Cait TV show, which tracks the transformation of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner; and the decline of Kate Middleton fever in favor of new Royal Meghan Markle.

Research contact:  jack.peat@swns.com

NBC: Just 9% suspect sexual misconduct in their own offices

December 4, 2017

More than four out of every five Americans (80%) believe that sexual harassment is taking place in the workplace, but most men say they haven’t thought about changing their behavior, according to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll—released just one day after the television network fired Today anchor Matt Lauer for cause.

The survey found, however, that very few people — just 9% of those employed — believe that sexual harassment is a problem in their own office. And three-quarters of those now working believe that their workplace demonstrates about the right amount of sensitivity on the emotionally charged issue, the news organization found.

The poll, one of the first to measure attitudes since sexual misconduct scandals began to dominate the news in October with the outing of film producer Harvey Weinstein, was conducted online from November 27 through November 29, with 3,772 adults responding.

Americans believe by a wide margin that sexual harassment has not increased, the survey showed. A large majority say that, instead, the incidents are being reported more widely because people are more willing to speak up now than they were in the past. A full two-thirds (66%) held that view, while just 13% said they thought misconduct had increased, the survey found. Another 18% blamed media overreaction for fueling the current furor.

Only 46% of men say they have thought more about their behavior toward women since the news articles began.

The NBC/SurveyMonkey poll also found a sharp partisan divide in reactions to the scandals. The survey found that Democratic men were more than twice as likely as Republican men to say that they had reflected on their own behavior, or their attitudes toward women, since the wave of sexually charged scandals began.

Some 68% of men who identified themselves as Republicans or leaning toward the party said they had not reflected on their own behavior or attitudes toward women.

The poll found the party-line break extended to women, with Democratic women much more likely than their Republican counterparts to say the revelations would cause them to speak up about the issue. Sixty percent of Democratic women deemed themselves more likely to speak up now, compared to just 33%

Research contact: jim.rainey@nbcuni.com

38% would still see movie if actor were accused of sexual assault

November 16, 2017

Since movie mogul Harvey Weinstein became the focus of a sexual assault scandal early in October, a cadre of celebrities have been accused of similarly predatory behavior. Now, a study has been conducted by YouGov Omnibus to determine whether such allegations might impact American consumer interest in the films and music to which these stars contribute.

For the purpose of the study, respondents were asked to imagine the upcoming release of a movie they’d been previously interested in seeing, and were asked to determine how they would proceed if the lead actor/actress in the film was accused of sexual assault.

Overall, 38% said they would see the movie as they had planned – 40% of men and 36% of women, respectively. A considerably smaller group said they would wait to hear if the person was convicted of the crime to see the movie (17% of men, 13% of women); while 14% of men and 17% of women, said they would never watch a movie that starred an actress or actor who had been accused of sexual assault.

Respondents also were asked to weigh in on how allegations against a musical artist would impact their purchase of an album just released by that performer. Far fewer respondents said they would act as planned in this category despite the allegations – only 24% of men and 19% of women. Nearly one-fifth of respondents said they would wait for a verdict before buying the album. Exactly one-fifth of men and women polled said they would stream the album regardless of the allegations. Slightly more than that said they would never buy or listen to the album.

Finally, nearly one-fifth of all respondents were unsure how they would proceed in either case. In both the hypothetical cases of a movie premiere and an album release, men were overall less likely to have their interest reduced by allegations of sexual misconduct.

YouGov uses an online panel of close to 2 million respondents nationwide to obtain its results.

Research contact: help.us@yougov.com