Breaking: Three women publicly accuse Clinton pal Harvey Weinstein of rape

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Tuesday October 10th, 2017

And a Democrat prosecutor declined to charge him, only to receive a $10,000 campaign contribution from Weinstein's lawyer shortly thereafter.

Rob and I were just on the phone with the boss sort of kicking the Weinstein story around, and we all sort of suspect that a lot more people knew about his behavior than are willing to admit it. We can't prove it, but it seems to be the nature of the completely phony world that is Hollywood. But the story just got a lot more disturbing than it already was, if that's even possible. And it is:

Three women––among them Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans—told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015 and made public here for the first time, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is “used to.” Four of the women I interviewed cited encounters in which Weinstein exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.

Well. Maybe one of the reasons it was kept hushed to the extent it was is that prosecutors could be bought, especially those who had big ambitions as Democrat politicians:

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer delivered $10,000 to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in 2015, in the months after Vance’s office decided not to prosecute Weinstein over sexual assault allegations, according to an International Business Times review of campaign finance documents. That contribution from attorney David Boies — who previously headlined a fundraiser for Vance — was a fraction of the more than $182,000 that Boies, his son and his law partners have delivered to the Democrat during his political career.

Boies has done legal work for Weinstein since at least 2005, and his website at his law firm says his clients include The Weinstein Company. 

“David Boies did not represent Harvey Weinstein in 2015 during the criminal investigation,” Joan Vollero, communications director for Vance, told IBT in an email when asked about Boies’ campaign contributions.

Edward Evans, a spokesperson for the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, said in an emailed statement: “David Boies has been a supporter of the District Attorney since long before 2015,  including before he was first elected, and has never spoken to him about Harvey Weinstein.”

Cyrus Vance Sr. was Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter. Boies was also the lead attorney for Al Gore in the Florida recount. If you want to make the case that these relationships and the exchange of money had nothing to do with Weinstein not being charged, go ahead. But please explain the legal rationale for not charging him, because I don't see it. Unless it's simply that powerful and politically connected men like this don't get charged with such crimes.

Still waiting to hear from Hillary on this, by the way. She accepted gobs of money from Weinstein, who is a long-time friend of Bill. Normally this type of behavior would inspire her outrage as the representative of all women against awful, sexist men. Then again, do you think for a second Weinstein doesn't know just as much about her as she knows about him?

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