Harvey Weinstein, the high-profile film producer who has been accused by more than 20 women of various types of mistreatment spanning decades, once said that Hollywood had “the best moral compass.”
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times in 2009 while promoting a petition urging the release of director Roman Polanski, who pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, Weinstein rebuffed accusations that there was an immoral culture in Hollywood.
“Hollywood has the best moral compass, because it has compassion,” Weinstein told the newspaper. “We were the people who did the fundraising telethon for the victims of 9/11. We were there for the victims of Katrina and any world catastrophe.”
Weinstein had then just penned an opinion piece for The Independent urging Polanski to be freed.
“Whatever you think about the so-called crime, Polanski has served his time,” he wrote. “A deal was made with the judge, and the deal is not being honored ... This is the government of the United States not giving its word and recanting on a deal, and it is the government acting irresponsibly and criminally.”
“It is a shocking way to treat such a man,” Weinstein concluded.
The fallout from the slew of accusations within the past week has seen Weinstein's termination by The Weinstein Company — despite his “desperate” appeals to film insiders to defend him — and his wife indicating she will leave him.