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Harvey Weinstein’s Courtroom Sketches Make Him Look Like a Monster, Which May Have Been the Point

Jane Rosenberg — who also sketched Tom Brady — does it again.

Harvey Weinstein and Benjamin BrafmanHarvey Weinstein arrested in New York, USA - 25 May 2018Harvey Weinstein (R) stands with his attorney Benjamin Brafman (R) during his arraignment in a criminal courtroom where he was formally charged with multiple counts of sexual assault in New York, New York, USA, 25 May 2018. Weinstein is with facing three felony charges - first-degree rape, third-degree rape, and one out of a criminal sexual act in the first degree.

Time’s Up on Harvey Weinstein

It was an open secret, party chatter, the sort of thing everyone in the industry had heard rumors of but did little — or, more honestly, more plainly, nothing — to stop. When now-Pulitzer Prize winners Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s first New York Times expose dropped on an otherwise unremarkable day in October 2017, it shook Hollywood to its core. Five days later, Ronan Farrow (who shares the Pulitzer with his NYT counterparts) released his own story over at The New Yorker.

Even at the time, the impact felt instantaneous, massive, zeitgeist-altering. It wasn’t just Weinstein who was taken down — removed from his already-ailing The Weinstein Company, which was then sold off, its still-gestating projects languishing or pushed over to other distributors, the one-time mega-producer is also the subject of numerous police investigations and criminal suits — but a slew of other heavy-hitting big names were soon the subject of their own exposes.

The response in Hollywood, especially amongst the industry’s most empowered women, was just as seismic: within days of the first Weinstein stories, the hashtag #MeToo had been retrofitted for usage specific to women who had been abused by entertainment elite, before circling back to founder Tarana Burke’s original intention to shine a light on all stories of sexual abuse. Other outspoken talents created the Time’s Up campaign to sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplac, first for Hollywood and then for other industries. 

The effects have continued to fan out across the industry, from more stories of abuse and assault, the felling of scores of accused offenders, a shift in the way people talk about women in the workplace, and the sense that things might actually, finally be changing. And yet, Weinstein (and many other accused perpetrators) have yet to face legal consequences. The other institutional changes have been profound, but is that all victims can look forward to? And is the rejection by Hollywood enough punishment for those that deserve it? And is it even one that can stick? The jury is still out.—KE

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Harvey Weinstein had what’s likely to be his first of many days in court on Friday, and reactions have been expectedly unsympathetic. Asia Argento and Rose McGowan were gleeful, Ashley Judd called it “a watershed event,” and Paz de la Huerta — who, like the other three women, is among Weinstein’s many, many accusers — “couldn’t stop crying.” If her sketches are any indication, it would appear that courtroom artist Jane Rosenberg doesn’t feel too bad for the disgraced former mogul either.

As seen below, Rosenberg — who also created a famous likeness of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the “Deflategate” scandal — emphasized Weinstein’s rotund frame and made his facial features borderline monstrous. Weinstein spoke only one word during his 10-minute arraignment — “Yes” — which he was handcuffed for the duration of. He agreed to pay $1 million in bail and left shortly thereafter.

“Mr. Weinstein will enter a plea of not guilty,” said his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, to reporters assembled outside the courtroom. “We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges.” Weinstein’s next court date is set for July 30.

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