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Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Here’s How Famous & Wealthy Men Get Away With Sexual Assaults.

October 10, 2017 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.comThe New York Times was deep on the late freight when it broke the story that big shot movie mogul and Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein had a long history of reportedly sexually harassing, abusing and victimizing countless women. Weinstein got away with the alleged sexual abuse that reportedly spanned three decades for a good reason ? in fact, several good reasons. He is super rich, powerful and had tentacles into every nook and cranny of Hollywood film, art and culture. Along the way, he made a lot of careers for a slew of big name actors, actresses, directors, writers and others in the film industry. They owed him, and they owed him a lot. This bought a lot of silence. Silence, yes, because many of them admitted that they had heard the rumors, knew the victims or were victims themselves of Weinstein’s sexual rapacity.

It was again the classic case of see no evil, hear no evil and, especially, report no evil. This was the same pattern with Bill Cosby. His alleged rapes, drugging and victimization went on for decades, and many heard the stories and had first-hand knowledge of his alleged acts. Many of the victims themselves screamed foul. In some cases, they filed police complaints. This all fell on deaf ears.

The deafest ears of all was the legal system. Wealthy guys like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby play the system by spreading lots of cash around and shelling it out in numerous settlements with the alleged victims. The victims agree. The courts agree. Their attorneys agree. The price for this is again silence. The victims are legally bound not to pen their yaps publicly about the alleged sexual abuse. This silence has another dangerous consequence when the allegations of abuse by men such as Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby eventually become public. Heads will nod furiously in disbelief. The immediate retort is: Why are they bringing this stuff up now? Why did they keep quiet so long if this was happening? This makes the victims and their claims suspect ? that it’s all made up to ruin reputations, get some cheap publicity and a shake down for money,

Bill Cosby and his apologists before, during and after his sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania last June endlessly used this ploy to trash his women accusers. This was a straw man argument if ever there was one. There is an obvious answer why beyond fear, uncertainty and trauma of the victims that many say nothing.

The Iowa Law Review in March 2014 gave an answer. It found that rape is routinely underreported in dozens of cities. The rape claims were dismissed out of hand with little or no investigation. The result was there were no report, no statistical count and no record of an attack.

The study zeroed in on the prime reason for this, namely disbelief. It’s that disbelief that assures that men such as Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein are reflexively believed when they scream foul at their accusers. They lambaste them as liars, cheats and gold diggers or ridicule and demean them as sluts. If things get too hot, they toss out a few dollars in hush money settlements, and the screams are even louder that it was all a shakedown operation in the first place, and the victim is further demonized. 

The gross misconception about prosecuting sexual crimes has implanted the dangerous public notion that rape and sexual harassment can be minimized, marginalized or even mocked because the clock has wound down on when the crime could or even should be reported or prosecuted.

It’s not just the warped and tainted blame-the-victim syndrome. Countless studies of rape victimization have shown that the attacker is not a stereotypical weird, ticking time bomb pervert. He can be anyone from the helpful, adorable boy next door to a wealthy, staid, respectable pillar of the community with a loving family. When they are accused of sexual harassment, abuse or rape, the gasps of disbelief ripple not only through the perpetrator’s family but friends, associates, law enforcement and the courts.

Cosby and Weinstein are the classic textbook examples of how men who are alleged to commit rape and sexual harassment routinely get away with it. For years they had their battery of high-priced attorneys, agents and influential entertainment pals who shilled for them. They had another ace to play. They bought public goodwill by becoming noted, influential philanthropists. Cosby gave millions to historically black colleges and universities and loaned out his vast and pricey collection of African-American art to major galleries. Harvey Weinstein bankrolled university film and art chairs, women’s studies programs and packs of Democratic political candidates, including Hillary Clinton.

It seemed then to defy belief that these solid benign, solid pillars of the arts, entertainment, and social activist communities could be grotesque sexual predators. Yes, Cosby was tried and will face another trial, and Weinstein was fired by the Weinstein Film Board. No matter. There are still legions who refuse to believe the worst about them let alone openly denounce them. This is how the Weinsteins and Cosbys get away with it.

Written By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

One can find more info about Mr. Hutchinson over at the following site; TheHutchinson ReportNews.

Also feel free to connect with him through twitter; http://twitter.com/earlhutchins

He is also an associate editor of New America Media. His forthcoming book is From King to Obama: Witness to a Turbulent History (Middle Passage Press).


2 Responses to “Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Here’s How Famous & Wealthy Men Get Away With Sexual Assaults.”
  1. Isaac Barr says:

    Why don’t you mention Bill Clinton rapes and specifically former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton response?

  2. M Anthony says:

    As a former detective, I have analyzed much of the available info on Cosby, I have met him and his family. Just like with Michael Jackson, my opinion is that he is guilty in some of the cases. That being said, he has not been convicted of anything and he has the right to the presumption of innocence, regardless of what you or I may believe.

    Certainly it is true that he is an embarrassment to African Americans, role models, the Cosby show, decent African American males and his wife and family. Simply because he was a “hoe” and unfaithful, thus a bad example.

    But some of these women knew what was up and bought into the casting couch. When they got nothing out of the deal that they wanted, they became bitter. The big question is who did Cosby tick off enough for them to find all these women and get them to come forward. I GUARANTEE YOU WHOMEVER HE TICKED OFF WAS UNRELATED TO ANY ISSUE OF RAPE. It was about something else.

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