The social media campaign to further oust Harvey Weinstein’s bad behavior took a turn this week when it was learned that the disgraced Hollywood producer last year had bullied and threatened the founder of the Coachella music festival.
In a Facebook response to a post by actress Rose McGowan, Coachella founder and Goldenvoice CEO Paul Tollett wrote:
“Hey Rose, most of the people in the music business have had an emotional week with the Las Vegas shootings and Tom Petty news, the heaviness can be felt all around. Let’s hope that’s why people haven’t commented. I don’t know the movie business people at all, once in a while i sit next to them at sporting events but often don’t recognize them but here is something related. about a year and a half ago hurricane Harvey blew into one of my festivals looking for passes, i helped out but the passes weren’t good enough, i had given him the pass type i wear which doesn’t get you in the actual artist trailer so i explained an artist’s compound is not under my domain. He warned me that he could call who he thought was my boss (he had done some research) or maybe he would call who he thought was the most powerful manager in the business (there were photos online of them together so i believed they were close). That’s probably the way he has solved things before. It was just how you would imagine the worst movie industry person would be, zero humility, completely demanding with an air of intimidation. Yea there was the customary follow up thank you from the assistant and i made the best of it so as not to have an enemy in the movie business for what ever reason but i remember being stunned as it was happening thinking why am i not fighting this but there is an aura/physicality about him that needs checked. I know nothing about any other rumors other than what i’m reading, woah.”
According to UPROXX, McGowan posted about her disappointment in the lack of attention Facebook followers were giving the Weinstein scandal. Social media users have been asked to come forward with their stories of abuse after the New York Times broke the scandal and The New Yorker followed with a report on accusations ranging from “aggressive overtures” to sexual assault. Other women say Weinstein sexually harassed them in exchange for acting roles.
McGowan, who is one of the women accusing Weinstein, noted in her post she received plenty of support on Twitter and Instagram, from both women and men. But on Facebook, McGowan wrote, “it’s crickets.”
She called her Hollywood colleagues who have yet to come forward “weenies” and “archaic.”
McGowan reportedly reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein stemming from a 1997 incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival. Her Twitter account was suspended Wednesday night for violating the site’s terms of service after she went after Weinstein through a barrage of tweets, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Weinstein has not been criminally charged, though civil lawsuits are said to be pending. A spokesman for the producer denied the allegations when contacted by CNN.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” the statement read. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
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