Update: Until his downfall, Weinstein had the backing of the rich and powerful in both the fashion and the political sectors. Re the former, the New Times has a piece on Weinstein's cozy relationships in the fashion biz (including the not-so-shocking info that he used to pressure his female stars to wear his wife's fancy-shmancy gowns--she's the co-founder of the Marquesa label--on Oscar and Emmy red carpets). As for Weinstein's political associations, Maureen Dowd offers this instructive anecdote:
[Former Hollywood Reporter editor Janice] Min recalled attending the $400,000 speech Barack Obama made as an ex-president to an A&E Networks advertising upfront at the Pierre hotel in New York in April.
Actually, it makes your head explode if you think about how Weinstein was able to buy his way into the uppermost echelon of the Democratic Party. And, if you happened to be on the receiving end of Harvey's unwanted advances, the sight of Harvey embracing Saint Obama must have underscored how futile it was to complain about them.“Afterwards, amid rapturous applause, he walks right over to Harvey Weinstein and gives Harvey a hug,” Min said. “You can see the optics of it all. It makes your head explode if you think of the inability to explode the male network.”