Courtney Love Warned about Harvey Weinstein in 2005

Courtney Love Warned about Harvey Weinstein in 2005

Courtney Love Warned about Harvey Weinstein in 2005

In 2005, Courtney Love warned women about being alone with Harvey Weinstein. She knew about it. Hollywood knew about it. But it took far too long for the world to know it.

In 2005, Courtney Love warned women about being alone with Harvey Weinstein. She knew about it. Hollywood knew about it. But it took far too long for the world to know it.

Text: Cassidy Morrison

On October 5, the New York Times released a shocking investigative report about Harvey Weinstein’s record of assaulting female actresses and models, a record that stretched decades. The world was shaken over the news—or was it?

Weinstein’s behaviors have been tacit common knowledge for years. In 2005, Courtney Love warned actresses to steer clear of Weinstein, saying on the Comedy Central red carpet that she could be sued for libel if she said something about Weinstein, but she said it anyway. Women should not trust him. Courtney Love knew.

In 2012, an episode of the Emmy-winning show 30 Rock made a crack about Weinstein and his behavior. “I'm not of afraid of anyone in show business…I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions…out of five,” said Jenna (Jane Krakowski). The 30 Rock writers knew. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane quipped about the producer during the 2013 Academy Awards: "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein," he joked. The audience laughed, but in light of the allegations, their laughter sounds forced and hollow.

Countless women have come forward with their testimonies about Weinstein’s alleged assaults, having had to stay quiet for years. The Hollywood power player is said to have paid off numerous women to keep their silence. But the recent report by the New York Times has opened a floodgate and now women all over Hollywood are courageously sharing their horror stories about the famed producer.

Whether you’re a movie producer or the President of the United States, sexual assault should not go unnoticed or unpunished. Weinstein has reveled in his performance of dominance over up-and-comers and leading ladies alike. He and his team tried to perversely rationalize his behavior, point out that he, “came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.”

This entire scandal is yet another example of powerful men trying—sometimes successfully—to get away with predatory behavior. If anything, this ordeal has revealed a culture of systemic misogyny that has permeated the highest levels of society, whether it’s film, media or government. This should not be a partisan issue. Leaders, executives and movie stars should not be upset because they have daughters or wives or sisters: they should be upset because they, too, are human beings.

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