Harvey Weinstein is a movie mogul that has been accused of numerous sexual assaults, most of which he settled out of court in the past. He has landed in the center of what most consider the epitome of success, Hollywood. With successful movies such as Django Unchained, Wind River, and The King’s Speech, Harvey Weinstein has an estimated net worth in the neighborhood of $360 million.
When examining the allegations that have been leveled against Harvey Weinstein, there is a very important question begging to be considered. Why didn’t Harvey Weinstein satisfy his needs by utilizing the thriving prostitution industry that was outside his backdoor? To ignore the blatant fact that Harvey Weinstein had this option available to him would be remiss.
“It was like a hunter with a wild animal. The fear turns him on.”
The New Yorker interviewed French Actress, Emma de Caunes, regarding her experience with Harvey Weinstein during the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. Harvey Weinstein was staying in the Hotel Ritz when he convinced de Caunes to accompany him to his suite to retrieve information about a book he was adapting into a movie. Weinstein claimed he would be filming in France and there was a strong female role in the film and went onto tell de Caunes, “I’ll give it to you.” “I have it in my room.”
As de Caunes entered the hotel suite, she took a call from colleagues she had waiting. The following is her account from The New Yorker:
“When I hung up the phone, I heard the shower go on in the bathroom,” she said. “I was, like, What the f**k, is he taking a shower?” Weinstein came out, naked and with an erection. “What are you doing?” she asked. Weinstein demanded that she lie on the bed and told her that many other women had done so before her.
“I was very petrified,” de Caunes said. “But I didn’t want to show him that I was petrified, because I could feel that the more I was freaking out, the more he was excited.” She added, “It was like a hunter with a wild animal. The fear turns him on.” De Caunes told Weinstein that she was leaving, and he panicked. “We haven’t done anything!” she remembered him saying. “It’s like being in a Walt Disney movie!”
It appears for Harvey Weinstein, these encounters are about the fear he arouses from his victims versus the possibility of sex; which answers the question at the beginning of this piece. There would be no fear-triggering pursuit for Weinstein since a prostitute is willing to engage in intercourse, albeit for money.
The de Caunes encounter is especially troubling as the actress describes feeling Weinstein’s “excitement” increase as her level of fear increased. As more accusers come forward, the allegations get worse. He is now accused of rape by three different women and sexual assault by countless others. “Hurricane” Harvey Weinstein seems to have left a slew of victims in his wake, a wake that seems to be evolving into a title wave as time marches forward.