Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. But Hollywood Still Has A Problem.

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In early August 2013, Fox Searchlight arranged for me to see a newly completed film that The Hollywood Reporter was considering as the cover story for our upcoming Toronto Film Festival issue. No one I knew had seen the movie, nor had anyone said anything about it, good or bad, so I was stunned by what I saw, and above all by a young actress making her feature debut.

The movie was 12 Years a Slave, and the actress was Lupita Nyong’o. That year, she was the first person we approached to be on THR's Actress Roundtable, and we seated her in a place of honor, right next to Oprah Winfrey. Watching her progress from being a complete unknown to an Oscar winner was one of the great joys of my time as an entertainment journalist, and I remember thinking how marvelous it must be for her to suddenly meet with such a response, to be pursued by everyone in the business at such a young age.

It never occurred to me there was a dark side to that pursuit. Reading her op-ed in >The New York Times last week, when she revealed the systematic harassment she’d experienced at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, shocked me and revolted me, just as I’m sure it did hundreds of thousands of others.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve read, mesmerized, as one story after another has come tumbling out about Harvey (it says a lot that everyone still insists on calling him by his first name), followed by others about Amazon’s Roy Price and, this weekend, about the director James Toback. But none of those stories hit me as hard as Nyong’o’s. Perhaps that’s because I recall her so clearly from the roundtable; perhaps it’s because her lengthy account goes into such excruciating detail about Weinstein’s moves; perhaps it’s because there’s something especially insidious about subjecting a newcomer — she was still a student at the time — to this deplorable treatment. (It makes me terrified for the teenage girls in THR’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program and what they might face if they enter our industry.)

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