New York Times whips up lynch-mob atmosphere
Producer Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, charged in New York City
26 May 2018
The surrender to police and charging of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have provided a further opportunity for the American media to exhibit its hypocrisy, deceit and bloodlust. And for that section of the upper-middle class invested in identity politics to reveal that it has no sympathy whatsoever for elementary democratic principles or legal due process.
After Weinstein turned himself in Friday morning, he was taken to court and charged, according to the New York City Police Department, with “rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents [in 2004 and 2013] involving two separate women.”
The identity of one of the accusers is known. Lucia Evans has accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex in 2004. The other woman remains anonymous. These are the first criminal charges filed against Weinstein, who also faces numerous civil lawsuits.
Weinstein was released on bail of one million dollars. He is represented by Benjamin Brafman, one of New York’s leading criminal defense attorneys, who previously defended French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn, among others.
Brafman told reporters that his client would plead not guilty. “We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges,” he said. “We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence.”
He argued at one point, “Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about… Bad behavior is not on trial in this case.”
Brafman also suggested that when “the women who…