Oprah Winfrey gave a speech at the Golden Globes that sent the left over the moon.
She rightly attacked sexual predators, but didn’t hold Hollywood and the media accountable for enabling them.
Now a bombshell discovery could derail Oprah’s 2020 bid before it even begins.
Oprah herself contributed to the predation of creeps like Harvey Weinstein. She’s been seen hobnobbing with Weinstein and lending him credibility with impressionable women whom he victimized.
From The Washington Post:
Speaking of “The Butler,” it was co-produced by Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul now accused of serial sexual assault. His fall from grace last year helped expose a culture of predation on women in Hollywood and inspired Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech, which may in turn launch her presidential campaign.
But Weinstein’s behavior was reportedly an open secret in the industry, which might make all the photos of Winfrey schmoozing around with him a political problem.
Winfrey at least never publicly defended Weinstein after the accusations went public. Rather, she condemned his “hideous behavior.”
Still, her spokesman had to deny a TMZ report that Winfrey urged Weinstein to defend himself against the scandal. And in November, actress Kadian Noble told reporters that Weinstein had seduced her, in part, by introducing her to Winfrey and Naomi Campbell.
Winfrey, and others who likely knew of his proclivities, gave Weinstein an air of genuineness that obviously did not exist.
From Page Six:
An aspiring actress says Harvey Weinstein used Oprah Winfrey and Naomi Campbell to dupe her into thinking he would help her with her career — only to use her for sex.
British actress Kadian Noble said Tuesday she was head-over-heels impressed when she first met Weinstein at an event in London because he was hanging out with model Campbell and had megastar Oprah “swinging off his arm.”
“I thought, obviously, this man has something amazing in store for me,” she said during a teary-eyed press conference in Manhattan to discuss the sex trafficking lawsuit she filed a day earlier against Weinstein in Manhattan federal court.
Instead, Weinstein used promises of career advancement to lure the actress to his hotel room in Cannes, France, where he forced himself on her, she said.
“I felt completely played,” she said.
Noble is the latest in a long line of actresses and models who claim Weinstein either forced himself on them or coerced them into sex with promises of career advancement.
Oprah was also embroiled in another sex scandal involving an all-girls academy she opened in South Africa.
More from The Washington Post:
Some might prefer to forget the cascading disasters of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
Winfrey called the sprawling, $40-million complex her “gift” to poor South African girls when it opened in 2007 — complete with a yoga studio and beauty salon. She initially had to defend the luxurious complex against accusations that it looked elitist in a country wracked by poverty.
Several months later, a dorm matron was arrested and accused of sexually abusing at least half- a-dozen seventh- and eighth-graders.
Oprah was reportedly heartbroken. She cried for half an hour, she told reporters in a news conference after the matron’s arrest. She accused school officials of covering up the scandal. They told the girls to “put on happy faces,” Winfrey said.
She dismissed the head mistress and promised to clean house at the academy.
But less than two years later, with the dorm matron’s trial still pending, several girls were suspended or expelled after accusations that they tried to force other students into sexual and romantic relationships.
And then the original accusations began to unravel.
The next year, the Guardian reported, Oprah settled with the headmistress, who had accused her of defamation by suggesting that she knew of the dorm matron’s actions.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for Oprah. A more in-depth opposition research would surely turn up other scandals and peccadillos that the left would have to ignore to paint her as saintly.