On October 5, The New York Times, along with writers Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, blew the lid off of one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood. Producer and co-founder of the Weinstein Company and Miramax, Harvey Weinstein, the paper contended, had been sexually assaulting women for decades.
The New York Times article featured a handful of women, including actor Ashley Judd, who agreed to allow the magazine to publish their names and their own traumatizing stories of experiences with Weinstein.
Since the initial story, many more women have come forward, including some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Angelina Jolie, Heather Graham, Cara Delevingne, Kate Beckinsale, Rosanna Arquette, Mira Sorvino, and Gwyneth Paltrow are just some of the women who have revealed that they too were assaulted by Weinstein, with the list likely to grow in the coming days.
We’re only one week into the public downfall of Harvey Weinstein and already there have been many takeaways. The laundry list of famous and powerful actresses who had previously not stepped forward is a stark reminder that women often don’t come forward in sexual assault cases over fear of not being believed, losing their careers, and hurting their personal lives. This includes men as well, with Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek revealing they too have been victims of sexual assault in Hollywood, though not by Weinstein. As the layers of cover up in The Weinstein Company continue to be revealed, the glaring issue of how few women reside in top positions in Hollywood and other industries becomes even more problematic.
In the days following The New York Times article, many celebs have come forward to condemn Weinstein’s actions, including those who have worked closely with the high profile producer. One thing that is clear in just about every article covering Weinstein over the past week is that even though many members of Hollywood’s elite are saying they were unaware of the assaults, people knew.
Maybe even us.
While it may seem far-fetched that the general public would know the intimate details of the Hollywood inner circle, there have been many instances over the past 10 years that, in hindsight, revealed that not all of Hollywood was committed to keeping Harvey’s secret. Here are just a few clues.
1. Rose McGowan’s Tweet
Before breaking her NDA this week, McGowan had already spoken out against Weinstein in a not-so thinly veiled set of tweets. In 2016, McGowan tweeted that her ex had sold their movie to her rapist. Blemish writer Chuck Liddle took a quick look through McGowan’s IMDB and connected her ex, director Robert Rodriguez, and the film Grindhouse, which was bought by the Weinstein Company.
Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution #WhyWomenDontReport
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2016
2. Scarlet Diva
Actor Asia Argento was one of the first women to come forward with allegations against Weinstein. Speaking with Ronan Farrow and The New Yorker, Argento chronicled her long history of assault with Weinstein and revealed that her 2000 film Scarlet Diva was inspired by her first assault by Weinstein. Argento wrote and directed the film and included a scene with a young actress being assaulted by a powerful producer.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) October 10, 2017
3. 30 Rock‘s Jokes
During the sixth and seventh seasons of 30 Rock back in 2012 and 2013, Jane Krakowski’s character Jenna Maroney made two jokes about Weinstein, both referring to the Hollywood producer pressuring her for sex. In the clip below, the character refers to turning down sex from Weinstein. During the tenth episode of season 7, Krakowski says “Look, I get it. I know how former lovers can have a hold over you long after they’re gone. In some ways, I’m still pinned under a passed-out Harvey Weinstein, and it’s Thanksgiving.”
4. Seth McFarlane’s Take Down
Back in 2013, Seth McFarlane was announcing the nominees in the Best Actress category for the Golden Globes when he said “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” At the time, especially to those outside the Hollywood elite, this simply seemed like a comedian telling a joke. But since the allegations against Weinstein have become public, McFarlane has come forward to further explain his 2013 quip. In a lengthy tweet posted on October 11, McFarlane revealed that his friend and Ted co-star Jessica Barth had told him about Weinstein making unwanted advances towards her in 2011. Barth was one of the first women who went public and shared her traumatizing experiences with Weinstein.
5. Entourage‘s Parody
On HBO’s Entourage, the writers didn’t do much to mask the inspiration behind their character Harvey Weintraub, a high-powered producer who screamed at and berated anyone in his path and bore a similar resemblance to Harvey Weinstein.
6. Lainey Lui’s Not-So-Blind Item
Gossip queen and godmother of internet blind items, Lainey Lui has been hearing about and in some cases writing about Harvey Weinstein for 15 years. The host of The Social and eTalk is famous for sharing blind items on her site Lainey Gossip and while she has not and will not confirm or deny who her blind items are about, it’s widely believed that her 2009 blind about a young actress and heavyweight producer was Weinstein. More blinds than we can gather have–correctly or incorrectly– also been attributed to Weinstein by celeb gossip aficionados.
7. Gwyneth Paltrow’s interviews
Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow has spoken publicly about her friendship Weinstein many times, with the two working together on a number of films. But in a 1998 interview with David Letterman, Paltrow joked that Weinstein was known for his coercion tactics. “Do you count Harvey Weinstein as a coercer?” asked Paltrow, leading to what is, in hindsight, a weirdly awkward conversation.
And this oddly worded comment in a ’90s profile about the producer “There were certain favors that he asked me to do that I felt were not exploitative but not necessarily as great for me as they were for him.” Ummm. We feel like she’s been dropping subconscious hints for a long time.
8. Girls’ blink and you’ll miss it nod
After being harassed by a once admired and powerful novelist in Girls‘ season 6, Episode 3, “American Bitch”, Hannah exits the building, which just happens to be…
— Richard Shepard (@SaltyShep) October 7, 2017
No doubt there are more clues out there, and not just about Weinstein, that we’ll look back at and say, “how did we not see this?” Well, we see it now, and that’s a start.