We­in­stein was not the first

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION - Janet De Gore St. Amant West Hol­ly­wood

Re “The stun­ning, rapid down­fall of Har­vey We­in­stein,” Oct. 12

Back in the 1950s, when I was a young ac­tress, there were many Har­vey We­in­steins. Luck­ily, I was part of a group of ac­tresses who tipped each other off about th­ese guys, so we were pre­pared.

One pro­ducer had his sec­re­tary call and ask ac­tresses to watch a screen­ing with him. You knew the out­come al­ready and de­clined.

Two broth­ers who were pro­duc­ers would have you read for a part. One would sit across from you, to dis­tract you, while the other sat next to you try­ing to grope you. You knew it was com­ing and just pushed the creep away to pro­tect your­self.

No, you didn’t get the part. How­ever, you left with your pride in­tact and with the knowl­edge that they were now aware the word was out about their scheme.

This was in the 1950s. It isn’t any­thing new.

I am at a loss to un­der­stand the dif­fer­ence in re­ac­tion by the pub­lic when two fa­mous and fa­mously badly be­hav­ing men are ac­cused of sex­u­ally ex­ploit­ing women.

The coun­try seems to be in a lather about We­in­stein when sim­i­lar ac­cu­sa­tions were made against Don­ald Trump be­fore he was pres­i­dent, but no one cared.

Dis­gust­ing be­hav­ior is dis­gust­ing be­hav­ior — no ex­cuses — but We­in­stein ap­pears at least some­what con­trite while Trump, true to form, has lied. The les­son is ob­vi­ous: It is OK to be a dis­gust­ing per­son as long as you are will­ing to lie about it. Ar­lene Shayer


We­in­stein for­got to check the script.

He saw this movie a few years ago, but he seems to have for­got­ten the part where one writes off a wo­man who speaks out as a “nar­cis­sis­tic loony toon” or an erupt­ing “bimbo.” If he had also used those lines, per­haps things would have been swept un­der the rug.

Af­ter all, this worked well in the first ver­sion of that movie. Ju­lia Lutch

Davis, Calif.

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