The Star Early Edition

We all know a We­in­stein

- Yas­mina Sadeck

WE HAVE heard in­creas­ingly alarm­ing al­le­ga­tions of ha­rass­ment and abuse by Har­vey We­in­stein and many other un­named Hol­ly­wood elites, go­ing back decades.

We­in­stein is one ex­am­ple of the re­pul­sive be­hav­iour that oc­curs in many of our ev­ery­day lives. We all have “We­in­steins” in our com­mu­ni­ties. This has been par­tic­u­larly ex­em­pli­fied by the so­cial me­dia cam­paign #MeToo, started by ac­tress Alyssa Mi­lano on Twit­ter.

The ac­cu­sa­tions against We­in­stein are so sick­en­ing that in re­cent days his wife left him, friends and po­lit­i­cal al­lies ditched him, his com­pany booted him, the or­gan­i­sa­tion that runs the Os­cars voted to ex­pel him and France’s pres­i­dent wants to strip him of his Le­gion of Hon­our award.

We­in­stein’s rep­u­ta­tion was no se­cret in the busi­ness but, un­til some of his ac­cusers went pub­lic in a New York Times ex­pose, he was un­touch­able. Well, ex­cept by lawyers: The We­in­stein Com­pany had paid set­tle­ments to at least eight women in re­sponse to ac­cu­sa­tions against him.

Like many men be­fore him, Har­vey We­in­stein did what he did with­out con­se­quence for decades – sim­ply be­cause he could.

A sick man he is not. He is a preda­tor who know­ingly and de­lib­er­ately used his po­si­tion as a pow­er­ful man in Hol­ly­wood to lure women to his ho­tel room and sex­u­ally abuse them.

We can­not let per­pe­tra­tors like We­in­stein con­tinue to hold power be­cause they be­lieve they’re un­touch­able. It’s time to show them they are not. We need to let the We­in­steins of the world know that the cast­ing couch is not just a dis­tant mem­ory. Dur­ban

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