From riches to rags

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Editorial - SARAH TARYAM

It has been a few weeks since the hor­ren­dous al­le­ga­tions against Har­vey We­in­stein, one of Hol­ly­wood’s most pow­er­ful play­ers, first emerged. Nu­mer­ous women have come for­ward with claims of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault by the movie mogul. These names in­clude big stars such as An­gelina Jolie, Gwyneth Pal­trow and Lupita Ny­ong’o as well as count­less other women from Hol­ly­wood. This week we take a close look at the down­fall of this real life preda­tor.

The 65-year-old movie pro­ducer had a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing an Os­car ma­gi­cian. If an ac­tress wanted to win an Os­car, We­in­stein was the man who was go­ing to make that hap­pen. Lit­tle did any­one know what was go­ing on be­hind closed doors. Many ac­tresses have said that he would threaten to ruin their ca­reers if they did not com­ply with his seedy de­mands. When speak­ing about work­ing with him, Pal­trow has said that she felt she had to keep up ap­pear­ances to save her ca­reer.

As the list of women ac­cus­ing him con­tin­ues to grow, We­in­stein’s ca­reer is in tat­ters. He has been fired from the com­pany which he ran with his brother. His wife and mother of his two chil­dren has an­nounced she is di­vorc­ing him and the film academy has pub­licly cut their ties with him.

In light of this scan­dal, the sto­ries of ha­rass­ment of women in Hol­ly­wood are com­ing out of the wood­works. On so­cial me­dia ac­tresses are tweet­ing sup­port for the vic­tims as well as en­cour­ag­ing any­one who has been abused to speak out. The fact that peo­ple are talk­ing so openly will hope­fully dis­cour­age any big shot from think­ing he can abuse his power ever again.

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