The New York Times released a bombshell report on Thursday, based on the detailed accounts of multiple women, alleging that Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein is a serial sexual harasser.
The report shows a disturbing pattern of sexual misconduct. The Times spoke to eight women, including actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, who shared instances in which Weinstein appeared “nearly or fully naked in front of them, [required] them to be present while he bathed or repeatedly [asked] for a massage.”
Weinstein also released a statement to the Times, which basically amounts to “Ever seen Mad Men?” He opens the letter with, “I came of age in the 60's and 70's, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.” (Ah, so totally in the clear right.) He adds, “I have since learned that it’s not an excuse, in the office - or out of it. To anyone.” (Getting warmer.)
Weinstein also inexplicably brings Jay-Z, who has a two-year deal with the Weinstein Company, into the mix:
Jay Z wrote in 4:44 ‘I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children.’ The same is true for me. I want a second chance in the community but I know I’ve got work to do to earn it.
But as Spin points out, that’s not even a real Jay-Z lyric—not on the album 4:44, the song “4:44,” or anywhere else in his catalogue. Guess powerful executives don’t have to work very hard to get their second chances.