These Are the Books Weinstein Was Carrying When Arrested

One is a biography of director Elia Kazan, who was scorned by Hollywood in his day
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2018 1:37 PM CDT
Accusers React to Arrest: 'We Got You, Harvey Weinstein'
Harvey Weinstein listens during a court proceeding in New York on Friday.   (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool)

As Harvey Weinstein did his perp walk into the NYPD's 1st Precinct Friday to be booked on rape and sexual abuse charges, he was spotted carrying three books—and Time has the details. One was Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution. A second was a 2006 biography of controversial director Elia Kazan, who ratted out eight colleagues as members of the Communist Party like himself, back in the 1950s. This book (Elia Kazan: A biography) is getting the most attention because Kazan "was scorned by much of liberal Hollywood after his testimony," and Weinstein is likely to see a parallel with his own situation, notes the Guardian. The third book appeared to be a journal or other type of notebook. Related:

  • The sketches: The courtroom sketches of Weinstein are, um, "really something," notes BuzzFeed, which compares them here to photos of Weinstein. Among other things, he looks much heavier in the sketches. (They're by the same artist who got flak over her Tom Brady sketches.)
  • What's next? Now that Weinstein has surrendered, "what happens next?" That's the question posed by CBS This Morning, whose anchors chatted with the New York Times' Jodi Kantor (Kantor, along with colleague Megan Twohey, first broke the Weinstein story in the Times in early October). One possibility, per Kantor: Even more women may now come forward.
  • Rose McGowan's plans: Accuser Rose McGowan put out a short message on Twitter Friday: "We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you." She talked at length with the AP, noting she intends to be at his trial if there is one and that she thinks sexual predators may finally be on notice: "This is the first time since written history that women are being believed—begrudgingly, but still."

  • Actresses react: The New York Times has reactions from other accusers. "Anyone know where I can get front row seats?!" Annabella Sciorra tweeted Thursday upon hearing Weinstein would turn himself in. Mira Sorvino retweeted a story on Weinstein's then-upcoming arrest, adding the hashtag #Justice. Also reacting: Asia Argento, who recently made a passionate speech at Cannes about Weinstein. "Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell," she tweeted early Friday. "We, the women, finally have real hope for justice."
  • One accuser: Ronan Farrow, who also contributed an explosive report that broke the scandal open, explains in the New Yorker what took place "behind the scenes" of Weinstein's arrest. He IDs one of the women on whose case the new charges against Weinstein are based, revealing that after the NYPD saw his October article, cops contacted Lucia Evans, one of the women Farrow interviewed, to encourage her to come forward. "We gave her time,” a source involved in the probe says. "We worked with her gradually to make sure she was comfortable."
  • Legal milestone: In an opinion piece for CNN, Caroline Polisi says Weinstein's arrest signifies a "legal inflection point" that's finally caught up with the cultural one represented by the Me Too movement. "His victims will be able to take some comfort in his finally being held liable for his alleged crimes," she writes.
  • The four acts: In true Hollywood (or perhaps Shakespearean tragedy) style, the Washington Post breaks "the rise and ignominious fall" of Weinstein into four "acts": the glory years, the painful years, the comeback, and the fall. ABC News offers a more detailed timeline on that final act.
  • Malkovich as Weinstein? Also in the works is a newly finished play about Weinstein by David Mamet. The New York Post reports producer Jeffrey Richards is trying to get Bitter Wheat, which Mamet first mentioned earlier this year, off the ground and that he's even approached a big name to play Weinstein: John Malkovich.
(More Harvey Weinstein stories.)

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