On Oct. 5 the New York Times published the article „Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades“ by Judi Kantor and Megan Twobei. Since then more women, actresses, models and also employees and journalists came out and spoke about sexual harassment, intimidations and even about rape. It is obvious that anyone accused remains innocent until tried by a court of law, but in this case the accusations are overwhelming – quite contrary to the common situations where it‘s testimony against testimony and an offense or criminal act can‘t be proven. There have been discussion about how it could have been possible for Harvey Weinstein to act unnoticed and undisturbed for decades the way he did, but it soon became clear that the way he treated numerous young actresses at the beginning of their careers was an open secret.
In the meantime, Weinstein has been fired from the Weinstein Company, from AMPAS Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, from the BFI British Film Institute, and a statement was issued by the International Film Festival of Cannes.
Some reports also mentioned other cases of sexual abuse, US actor Bill Cosby, Fox news reporter Bill O‘Reilly, Roy Price, head of amazon video department as well as US president Donald Trump. All in the USA, far away.
German media have also been covering the Weinstein scandal, some mentioning the social context as for example Julian Dörr did in the Süddeutsche (a German newspaper) from 14.10. in his German article „If you want to prevent abuse you can‘t ridicule Feminism“ (more articles to be found in the Additional Reading section).
What I found quite surprising though is that so for nothing has been written about the German film industry. Didn‘t questions like “Is something like this possible in Germany aas well, have you heard of any cases or rumours, and what help is available to women concerned?“ suggest themselves? I only saw one quite short interview with Austrian actress Adele Neuhaus for the Rheinische Post (another German newspaper) which was quoted by other media. In it she said that she wasn‘t surprised by the scandal but that she was asking herself why it had gone public only now. „Off the record the existence of a producer‘s couch was an open secret“. And „we know how many men have taken advantace of this situation“.
Yes, in Germany as well
It is happening in Germany as well that female film people are being harassed and sexually abused. We too have men that exploited and exploit their position of power, for example as a director, and what? [Weiterlesen – Read On]