[Blind Gossip] At a Golden Globes party, there was an interesting discussion that took place among a few Hollywood executives.
It wasn’t about nominations or fashion or speeches. It was about one of their own.
According to a key executive, there is one word that is heavily influencing the defense of this Hollywood movie bigwig.
They were saying that almost every victim used the same word to describe [Bigwig] and his crimes, and his attorneys know they have to blunt the connection the jury makes between that one word and [Bigwig].
Can you guess what that word is?
Industry power. And physical power.
He is always described as a “power player.” Almost all the victims say that he held the “power” in their relationship, that he is one of the most “powerful” people in Hollywood, that his body size is “big and powerful”, and that he physically “overpowered” them.
His team is betting that the other side will use that word over and over, beginning with their opening statement.
So, what is his team’s strategy?
They decided they couldn’t diminish his career or his influence in any credible way, but they could make him look physically weaker.
That’s why the suddenly thinner and frail appearance. They hope that the jury looks at him and doesn’t think of him as being physically big and powerful or able to overpower anyone.
Guess we’ll see soon enough if that part of their strategy is effective!
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[Optional] Effective strategy? What do you think the legal outcome will be?
Bigwig: Harvey Weinstein
Producer Harvey Weinstein’s defense team knew that the prosecution would try to portray Harvey Weinstein as a power player and a physically powerful man who could assault women.
Therefore, they had to do everything they could to make their client look and sound like the kind of person who couldn’t overpower anyone.
The Harvey Weinstein trial began today with opening statements from both sides.
Just as your friends at Blind Gossip told you, the language that the prosecution used (tycoon, orders, power, forcibly, powerful, titan) – as well as the prosecution’s warning to the jury about not being deceived by Weinstein’s current, frail appearance – was all about POWER!
Harvey Weinstein is ‘not a harmless old man,’ prosecutors say in opening statements
Prosecutors detailed years of alleged sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein and said he “is not a harmless old man” during opening statements at his sexual assault and rape trial on Wednesday morning.
“At the end of this trial, the evidence will be clear that the man seated right there is not just a tycoon in Hollywood, he was a rapist, sexually assaulting these women when they refused to comply with his desires and his orders,” said Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast.
…He offered her advice for getting ahead in her acting career and claimed he had a leading role for her in a movie, but those were false promises, Hast said.
Instead, he used that power to sexually assault her, and he twice forcibly raped her, Hast said. Mann saw a needle for an erection stimulant in the trash after two of the incidents, Hast said.
NBC focused on the remarks made by the prosecuation about Weinstein’s alleged assault on actress Annabelle Sciorra ( The Hand The Rocks The Cradle, The Sopranos).
Again, note the language used (bigger, power, connections, power imbalance, power broker).
Harvey Weinstein trial: Prosecutor describes graphic allegations in opening statement
In the late 1990s, Hast said, Sciorra and Weinstein were placed in neighboring rooms at a hotel in France during the Cannes Film Festival after she co-starred in a movie distributed by his former company, Miramax. Sciorra, the prosecutor said, “found him in his underwear with baby oil and a movie tape.”
“It took 25 years until she could relive the nightmare and tell her story,” Hast said of Sciorra, whose allegations were ruled too old to support criminal charges. “Harvey Weinstein remained a bigger figure in Hollywood, with power and connections to silence Annabella.”
Weinstein, Hast said, “exploited” a power imbalance between himself and his alleged victims. The women, she said, were “no match for the power broker in Hollywood [that] Harvey Weinstein had become” by the mid-1990s, and during the trial each will “describe their fear, their shame and their humiliation.”
In his underwear with baby oil and a movie tape? Pig.
Finally, USA Today quotes the prosecution’s vivid description of Weinstein’s size as compared to his victims.
“At the end of this trial, the evidence will be clear, that the man seated right there was not just a titan in Hollywood, but a rapist,” Hast said. “(He used) his power and prestige in the entertainment industry to ensure (accusers’) silence.
Of [one of his victims] Haleyi, Hast said: “The 110-pound Miriam was no match for the 300-pound Weinstein. … He pushed her onto the bed, put his weight on top of her, and held her down.”
Meanwhile, the defense team is doing everything they can to make Harvey Weinstein look anything but powerful.
What does Weinstein usually look like? Weinstein is normally a huge, robust, powerful man. Ben Affleck is 6’4″ and 175 pounds. Weinstein is a couple of inches shorter and a hundred pounds heavier.
And here is Weinstein with Gwyneth Paltrow. Nothing slim or frail about him here.
Then he was accused of sexual assault by multiple women.
Facing his first trial, Weinstein sudddenly went from a tall, fat, robust, powerful man… to a slimmer, elderly citizen, hunched over a walker to support his frail frame.
You buying this?
Oddly enough, Harvey Weinstein was spotted in a Target store four weeks ago without his walker and walking without any assistance whatsoever.
It reminds us of the Bill Cosby trial, where, all of a sudden, Cosby went from a healthy predator who was accused of drugging and raping dozens of women… to a feeble blind man who needed to be assisted everywhere he went.
Bill Cosby is now in prison for three to ten years.
Let’s see where poor, frail Harvey Weinstein ends up.
Jojo5282 was first with the correct answer!
The verdict is in!
Harvey Weinstein faces at least 5 years in prison after jurors convict him of a criminal sex act and rape
Harvey Weinstein was found guilty Monday of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one woman and rape in the third degree involving another woman.
Just so you know, there were a lot of different charges. The
jury did not find Weinstein guilty in the assault of actress Annabella Sciorra. The prosecutors knew her testimony was likely too “old” to get a prosecution for that crime, but they used that testimony to establish Weinstein’s pattern of predatory behavior. Thus, her testimony did have considerable value.
Well done, Annabella!
The disgraced movie mogul faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of more than two decades in prison. He was handcuffed and taken into custody after the New York jury’s verdict.
Harvey Weinstein was taken to Rikers Island, an island in the East River between Queens and the Bronx that is home to New York City’s main jail complex.
Rikers – which is closing in 2026 – is notorious for being brutal and corrupt and violent.
In other words, it is similar to Harvey Weinstein himself.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. credited eight women who spoke out against Weinstein during the trial.
“Dawn Dunning, Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Tarale Wulff, Lauren Young. Meghan Hast, Joan Illuzzi. These are the eight women who changed the course of history in the fight against sexual violence,” Vance said after the verdict.
Strong women, every one of them!
“Rape is rape … whether it’s committed by an indigent person or a man of immense power, prestige, and privilege.”
Weinstein’s lawyers said they will appeal the jury’s finding.
He’s not so powerful anymore!
Of course they will appeal. As a matter of fact, Harvey lamented after they read the verdict, “I’m innocent, I’m innocent, I’m innocent. How could this happen in America?”
When the verdict was read, jurors did not appear to look at Weinstein and may have been avoiding making eye contact with anyone.
But he’s so pretty to look at!
It’s not clear exactly how many years in prison Weinstein faces. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11.
For the charge of criminal sex act in the first degree, he faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 25 years in prison.
For the charge of rape in the third degree, he essentially faces no minimum prison time and a maximum of four years.
But Weinstein’s criminal cases aren’t over. He also faces charges of sexual assault and rape in separate incidents in Los Angeles.
You can read the entire article here.
So, as a result of this first set of verdicts, Harvey Weinstein now faces up to 25 years in prison.
More to come.
It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Rot in Rikers, Harvey!