Harvey Weinstein went from walking the red carpet at premieres to perp walking into a police station. And it took only 30 years of getting away with allegations of rape, sexual assault and very indecent exposure for horrible Harvey, the horror of Hollywood, to be brought to his knees.
Must be karmic payback after a lifetime, his accusers claim, of forcing THEM to their knees and shoving his penis into their mouths.
Sorry if you think that sounds too rough for a family newspaper, but sexual assault deserves rough language, just as Weinstein deserves a rough sentence.
No language is rough enough when discussing his alleged actions. Nor is any language adequate enough when discussing the lack of action against him-until now-by the cowardly, bumbling Manhattan district attorney, Cy Vance Jr.
This celebrity prosecutor refused to prosecute powerhouse Harvey after actress Ambra Battilana Gutierrez caught Weinstein on an NYPD wire in 2015 admitting — admitting! — that he groped her.
So was it just one of those mere coincidences that Harvey’s civil attorney had contributed to Vance’s election campaign? The revelation not just tainted Vance’s no-prosecution decision, it blackened it.
After not charging Weinstein in the Gutierrez case, Vance then failed to prosecute him on two other rape allegations brought by actress Paz de la Huerta. Her lawyer called Vance’s actions “startlingly similar” to the way he dealt with Gutierrez.
So will the swill that is Harvey Weinstein finally end up rotting in prison where he should have been decaying years ago?
Don’t count on it. For starters, he is being represented by defense attorney Ben Brafman, whose law firm also donated to Vance’s campaign —$4,600.
Small change in the big-money world of celebrities, sure, but curiously Vance also declined to prosecute Brafman’s other high-profile sexual assault defendants, attorney Sanford Rubenstein, French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn and TV host Greg Kelly.
The sad truth is that Manhattan under DA Cy Vance has become a haven for rich and powerful sexual assaulters.
Vance’s lack of Weinstein action was so suspicious that Gov. Cuomo assigned Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate — until Schneiderman himself went from #MeToo to #HimToo when four women accused him of sexual battery. He called it role-playing. They called it getting beaten up.
Schneiderman resigned in disgrace and the state’s first female acting attorney general, Barbara Underwood, has taken over.
It’s well past time Weinstein answers for his actions and Vance is made to pay for his inaction.
Manhattan has too long been like Ecuador for Julian Assange and Russia for Edward Snowden — a safe place no matter what kind of animal you are.
Vance has not served up justice for women of this city and should go.
Weinstein also deserves justice and too should go — to jail.
If he’s as innocent as he claims, karma will out.
And if he’s guilty as charged, karma will out.
Sure, karma’s a bitch, Harvey, but karma that’s dished out in prison to fat rapists? That right there, that’s one scary bastard.
IT’S ALL JUST AN ACT
Sexual misconduct allegations against Morgan Freeman — another hands-off Hollywood legend — are as surprising as traffic on Memorial Day.
Years ago, the story was out there that Freeman and his step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines had a sexually inappropriate relationship — which was vehemently denied-but brought up again in court when E’Dena’s boyfriend stood trial for her murder.
Allegations aren’t proof but even Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby never got accused of having sex with a stepdaughter or step-granddaughter. Woody Allen? That’s another level of hell right there.
Thing is, if a guy plays a good guy on screen like Cosby did, or a nebbish as Woody Allen did, we kind of believe they are like that in real life. That’s why it’s called acting, as opposed to say, accounting.
On Friday, SAG-AFTRA issued a statement saying that they are considering “corrective actions” regarding Freeman’s recent Lifetime Achievement award.
There’s not enough warehouse space in Hollywood for all the awards that should be returned by these casting couch creeps.
ABOUT ‘FACE’ BY HILLARY
After getting an award from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, Hillary Clinton was asked if she could be head of any company, which it would be.
No, she didn’t say the Clinton Foundation. She went for a company that’s a lot more transparent: Facebook.
Clinton said she’d like to be CEO of Facebook — despite the social media giant’s admittance that they could have provided more security so that the Russians couldn’t have meddled in our election and helped Trump win.
But no, she doesn’t want to be CEO to wreak revenge on Mark Zuckerberg. She thinks she’d make a swell Facebook CEO because “It’s the biggest news platform in the world. Most people in our country get their news, true or not, from Facebook.”
Is that true?
What qualifications does she have to run one of the world’s largest tech companies?
Plenty. For starters she knows how to get a private email server installed, how to get assistants to destroy cell phones with hammers, and claim 13 mobile devices are actually one.
Hire her now!
DEAR MAYOR BILL
I know you’re pissed at having to give up your emails — what’s with Democrats and emails anyway? — but seriously, taking it out on the press is so Trumpian that it threatens to, ah, trump all the good you’ve done.
You could have avoided bad feelings by walking into the City Hall press room and, instead of acting like a scorned lover, joked about the embarrassing email dump. If you’d said, “OK, you got me. But in the spirit of equal time, who will give me their phones so I can read some of yours out loud?” That would have been the story.
Well, at least your rants proved that the media isn’t biased: Both sides are mad that we’re doing our job.
ANOTHER GOOD GUY WITHOUT A GUN
So much for the President believing teachers should be armed like serial killers. All that Noblesville (Ind.) West Middle School hero science teacher Jason Seaman was armed with was a basketball, which he threw at a student shooter, after he shot one girl, the teacher taking three bullets himself.
So far this year there has been, on average, one school shooting a week. One school shooting per decade is too many, one a week is a plague. The NRA caused the contagion, and it also holds the cure.
It wasn’t even a full moon. A werewolf-like creature was spotted and killed by a rancher in Montana on May 16.
Local readers of The Great Falls Tribune are sure they know what it is — exactly what the government will claim it’s not: Either a Dire wolf or regular old Dogman. “(Dogmen) are spotted each day and the government quells any and all reports,” wrote one.
You decide: The creature looks like a skinny wolf, but the ears are too large, the body too small and the fur too exotic.