Former super-producer Harvey Weinstein might just be the most disgraced person in the entire history of Hollywood outside of fugitive director Roman Polanski.
Weinstein allegedly preyed on young actresses for decades, demanding sex in exchange for a career starter for them, but he’s also in the midst of felony rape charges as well. If convicted, the Academy Award winner will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
And now we’re learning that feminist power attorney Gloria Allred is accused of telling one of Weinstein’s accusers to stay silent.
There was a laughable story that broke last week about Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told “CBS This Morning” about her client, “No matter what happens to Harvey Weinstein, he will pay the biggest price there is. Even if he wins, Gayle, his whole life has been ruined, toppled, damaged. “And whether it’s by his own doing or others, that’s the fact. And the fact is that no matter what we do ― and we can walk out of that courtroom with a ‘not guilty’ and walk him out onto those courtroom steps, and he never gets to be Harvey Weinstein ever again.”
This probably made you do a double-take, right?
Granted, Weinstein hasn’t been convicted but when you add up all the accusations it’s hard not to believe his victims. In fact, Hollywood insiders knew about his sexual misconduct and turned a blind eye for years, including Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
However, Brad Pitt recently broke his silence about a confrontation he had with Weinstein at the 1995 Broadway opening of “Hamlet,” when he told the super-producer he would “kill” him if he made Gwyneth Paltrow “feel uncomfortable again.”
In a 2018 interview on “The Howard Stern Show,” Pitt said, “If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you. At that moment, I was just a boy from the Ozarks on the playground and that’s how we confronted things. I just wanted to make sure nothing was going to happen further, because Paltrow was going to do two [more] films [with Weinstein]. I think the interesting thing is that we, Hollywood specifically, but the workplace, men and women’s dynamics is being recalibrated, recalibrated in a very good way that is long overdue. And I do think that’s an important story to tell.”
At least some celebrities stood up to Weinstein but maybe he could’ve been more aggressive like, for instance, blowing the whistle on his behavior back in the 1990s.
But now a new report claims that famed lawyer Gloria Allred allegedly told one of his accusers to stay silent.
New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey recently said on a podcast of “The Daily” that Allred’s firm advised dancer Ashley Anderson to settle with Weinstein for $125,000 in exchange for her silence.
Twohey said, “The restrictive clauses that go along with these settlements are remarkable. Women oftentimes can’t tell their husbands. They can’t tell their colleagues. If they want to see a therapist, the therapist has to sign a confidentiality clause.”
Anderson broke her gag order agreement by talking to reporters.
Twohey said, “She is deciding that she’s willing to face the legal risks because she feels that strongly about telling the world about what happened to her.”
Allred truly is a hypocrite. She claims to be a “tireless defender of women” but she also took on both Bill Cosby and Jeffrey Epstein as clients. But is any of this really that surprising?