A former reporter for the New York Times says A-list celebrities and liberal Oscar winners tried to cover-up a story regarding Hollywood mega-mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct in 2004; receiving intimidating phone calls from Matt Damon, Russell Crowe, and others.
The New York Times rocked the entertainment industry last week when it published a bombshell article detailing multiple sexual harassment allegations against high-powered film producer Harvey Weinstein; a prominent democratic donor and liberal activist.
According to Fox News, TheWrap CEO Sharon Waxman published an article over the weekend outlining a story she intended to research while working for the New York Times back in 2004. Waxman claims she was cleared by the paper to “look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein,” but received numerous phone calls from A-list celebrities to abandon her piece.
TheWrap Editor-in-Chief claims she even traveled to Europe to investigate the claims, and “tracked down a woman in London who had been paid off after an unwanted sexual encounter with Weinstein,” but was contacted directly by celebrities Matt Damon and Russell Crowe, both of whom tried to bury the story.
“The story was stripped of any reference to sexual favors or coercion and buried on the inside of the Culture section, an obscure story about Miramax firing an Italian executive,” Waxman wrote. “Who cared?”
Waxman’s claims come as other liberal celebrities try to down-play Weinstein’s sexual misconduct allegations. This weekend, the New York Times reported that Saturday Night LIve planned to comment on the producer’s bombshell accusations, but back-tracked at the last minute.
When pressed over why the late-night sketch comedy show failed to mention the developing scandal, SNL creator Lorne Michaels deflected, saying “It’s a New York thing.”