Last October, when Harvey Weinstein basically became a household name thanks to the numerous — 84, to be exact — allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct against him, the guy played it totally cool. There were talks of lawsuits, investigations and denials, despite the growing number of reputable and renowned actresses finally speaking out.
And now, following growing #MeToo, #ImWithHer and #TimesUp movements by the Tinseltown leaders, it seems like we’re all about to hear even more ickiness coming out of the Weinstein camp.
The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy on Monday, nailing that final nail into the proverbial coffin for the distribution company — one of the largest in the industry. But the fact that the company is going under isn’t all that has people talking about Weinstein again; it’s the fact that the company is also dissolving all of their non-disclosure agreements in the process.
Yup, that’s right: now the employees and former employees who were forced to stay silent when all of these stories from people like Ashely Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale first surfaced are going to be able to go public without any legal repercussions.
Given what we’ve already heard, we’re expecting the worst. But we’re not the only ones; it seems like some in the company may be too, given how they’re publicly preparing people.
“The Company expressly releases any confidentiality provision to the extent it has prevented individuals who suffered or witnessed any form of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein from telling their stories,” a statement from the company reads. “No one should be afraid to speak out or coerced to stay quiet. The Company thanks the courageous individuals who have already come forward. Your voices have inspired a movement for change across the country and around the world.”
While there’s no way of telling who may or may not share their stories now, we do know that some of those anonymous company sources can now go public, and that can only help the case(s) against Weinstein as it progresses. So while it’s probably safe to assume the worst, at least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. The remaining members of the company, including Weinstein’s brother Bob (who was also accused of misconduct in October, but denied the claims), seem happy that justice may finally be in the cards as well.
“The Company regrets that it cannot undo the damage Harvey Weinstein caused, but hopes that today’s events will mark a new beginning,” the statement says. “Even as the Company heads into bankruptcy, the Company remains committed to doing whatever it can to maximize value for its creditors and, in cooperation with Attorney General, continue its pursuit of justice for any victims.”
Considering some of the lengths Weinstein reportedly went to in order to keep his alleged actions under the radar (bullying and ending careers to name a couple of reported actions), we’d say the dissolving of these NDA isn’t just justice, it’s poetic justice.