Harvey Weinstein still looms large over Hollywood, despite being banished by a movie industry where he was once referred to as « God » by Meryl Streep. The disgraced movie mogul’s epic downfall amid a slew of sexual assault allegations has been well-documented, and he’s scheduled to stand trial in 2019, facing « five counts for allegedly nonconsensual encounters with two women. »
The Academy Award-winning producer has always been a mythical character, even in his fall from grace. Not only has he been cast as public enemy No. 1 of the #MeToo movement, but he’s played a leading role as the catalyst for change in the male-dominated entertainment industry. His public comeuppance gave victims the courage to speak out against countless other high-powered men, including former CBS executive Les Moonves, director Bryan Singer, comedian Louis C.K., and singer R. Kelly.
Weinstein may be gone (for now), but he’s certainly not forgotten. The industry that once both revered him and feared him is now making movies about him or based on him, and a satirical Oscar statue of him even went viral. He doesn’t appear in the public spotlight much these days, save for the occasional headline-grabbing court date, but we’ve done some digging to find out what Harvey Weinstein’s life is like today. Here’s what we know.
He’s single again
Weinstein has not denied that some of the sexual encounters he’s been accused of did happen, but his legal team claims he’s an adulterer; not a criminal. The « other woman » in this public scandal is the Shakespeare in Love producer’s ex-wife, Georgina Chapman. According to Page Six, the British fashion designer divorced the admitted cheater in 2018, walking away with an eight-figure settlement. The hefty sum came just as the former power couple was approaching what would have been its ten-year wedding anniversary.
The British-born former model initially remained silent when the salacious news about her husband broke, but she did eventually tell her side of the story to Vogue. « I lost ten pounds in five days, » she said. « I couldn’t keep food down. My head was spinning. And it was difficult because the first article was about a time long before I’d ever met him, so there was a minute where I couldn’t make an informed decision. And then the stories expanded and I realized that this wasn’t an isolated incident. And I knew that I needed to step away and take the kids out of here. »
After separating, the couple eventually sold its longtime New York residence. There’s been no buzz about Weinstein dating again, but Chapman was spotted stepping out for a girl’s night in New York City with another woman who’s been put through the ringer by her man — Huma Abedin (aka sexting politician Anthony Weiner’s ex-wife).
He hired a #MeToo activist’s lawyer
In an ironic or cruel twist of fate, Weinstein hired the same lawyer who has represented one of his most outspoken accusers, actress Rose McGowan. According to Variety, Weinstein enlisted the services of celebrity defense lawyer Jose Baez to replace outgoing attorney Benjamin Brafman. Baez, who represented McGowan in a cocaine possession case in 2018, is no stranger to the gossip columns, having won murder acquittals for infamous « Tot Mom » Casey Anthony and former (now deceased) New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez.
Weinstein has never been known to back away from a fight, so his hiring of Baez seems like both a coy counterpunch (earning a strategic trial delay) and a way to deliver a stinging jab to McGowan, who became one of the faces of the #MeToo Movement after alleging Weinstein attacked her. In a chilling interview with ABC News, the Charmed star called Weinstein a « sociopathic predator » and « international rapist, » alleging that he raped her by forcibly performing oral sex in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, when she was 23.
McGowan told The New York Times that she reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein, and that he offered her another $1 million for a non-disclosure deal to stay silent. She declined and has been one of his most vocal accusers. Let’s hope these two don’t run into each other at Baez’s law office.
He’s catching up on his reading
While surrendering to the New York Police Department to face rape and sexual misconduct charges in the spring of 2018, Weinstein was photographed carrying three books. According to NPR, one of the unmarked books was assumed to be a notebook, but the other two (Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum, and Elia Kazan: A Biography by Richard Schickel) were prominently (or perhaps purposely) on display for all to see.
The Guardian noted that Something Wonderful is an epic tale about « successful showmen impresarios credited with changing the cultural landscape, » while the Kazan biography touches on the legendary stage and screen director’s blackballing by Hollywood following his controversial testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1952. Schickel’s book also delves into Kazan’s notorious womanizing of his leading ladies (including Marilyn Monroe) and numerous aspiring actresses.
Does the Oscar-winning producer see a kindred spirit in Kazan, whose career survived political and personal scandals and even culminated in a best director Oscar for On the Waterfront in 1955?
The slap heard around the internet
Weinstein has largely avoided the public eye since the allegations against him broke, but no one can avoid the gaze of the camera phone in the Digital Age. Shortly after The New York Times and the New Yorker published explosive exposés about him in the fall of 2017, Weinstein fled to Arizona to reportedly attend a $58,000 sex rehab program at a treatment center called Gentle Path at the Meadows. According to TMZ, Weinstein was at Elements restaurant in Scottsdale, Ariz., having dinner with his sober coach, when he was approached for a photo by a fellow diner who identified himself as « Steve. » The picture-seeker claimed Weinstein was belligerent and told him to buzz off.
The Elements restaurant manager painted a different picture, telling TMZ that Weinstein was « very sweet about it » and said, « I’d rather not take a picture right now. » The manager said the two men shook hands and parted ways. However, « Steve » and Weinstein crossed paths again as they were both leaving. « Steve, » who admitted to having « quite a bit to drink, » claims he confronted Weinstein and said, « You’re such a piece of s*** for what you did to these women, » before punching him the face. The manager told TMZ that Steve’s fist never even connected.
Weinstein didn’t press charges against « Steve, » who was identified by Phoenix NBC-12 News as Steven Scott Salamone. According to Salamone’s dad, the convicted felon and deadbeat dad is no hero.
Harvey Weinstein may be facing prison time, but he still shares custody of his two children with Georgina Chapman. While his ex-wife is picking up the pieces to their broken marriage, she told Vogue that she is most heartbroken about what the future holds for their daughter, India Pearl (born in August 2010 ), and their son, Dashiell (born in April 2013 ). « What are people going to say to them? » asked Chapman. « It’s like, they love their dad. They love him. I just can’t bear it for them! »
Weinstein is apparently still playing the role of a good father and not letting a court-ordered ankle bracelet get in the way of some quality family time. The Sun spotted Weinstein enjoying ice cream with his two youngest children before dropping them off to his ex-wife at a country club in Connecticut.
Weinstein has three older daughters from his first marriage to Eve Chilton Weinstein: Lily (who goes by Remy), Emma, and Ruth. They have largely remained out of the spotlight, but Remy made headlines following an incident with her father in 2017. According to TMZ, she called 911 and reported that her dad was feeling « suicidal and depressed. »
Was there a Harvey sighting at Sundance?
Was Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019? According to Page Six, there were rumors that the blacklisted movie producer was back in Park City, Utah « taking meetings. » While no one confirmed the sighting, his former assistant was seen schmoozing at an industry party, thus giving the gossip legs.
Sundance is where Weinstein made a name for himself as a deal maker who bought and sold movies, making him one of the industry’s biggest power brokers and a man who could make or break a career. If Weinstein was back in his old stomping grounds, it would have been wise to keep a low profile, considering Sundance founder Robert Redford publicly slammed Weinstein at the festival’s 2018 opening presser, calling the scandal a « tipping point » in the film industry.
Whether Weinstein was there or not, the world-renowned film festival did do its part to dishonor him. For the second year in a row, the Park City Police Department and Utah Attorney General’s Office set up a much-applauded sexual assault hotline for festival attendees. The 801-834-1944 number was launched in 2018 after Rose McGowan and actress/producer Louisette Geiss accused Weinstein of victimizing them while at Sundance in previous years.
So Harvey was at Sundance … sort of
We may never know if Harvey Weinstein physically attended Sundance in 2019. However, we can confirm that the fallen film scion did make a different kind of appearance in Park City, Utah. Director Ursula Macfarlane’s documentary, Untouchable, premiered at the 2019 film festival to much fanfare. The highly-anticipated film traces Weinstein’s rise and fall largely through the lens of the people around him and the women who claim he sexually abused them.
Variety called Untouchable a « powerhouse documentary » that « turns the word against Weinstein, empowering his accusers while also holding those who’d been complicit in his crimes accountable. » Indiewire was more lukewarm, agreeing that Macfarlane’s film offered « some powerful victim testimony, » but asserting that the documentary just « rehashed a familiar story » and « offered little insight. »
Sources told The New York Times that Weinstein is working on his own documentary. The « challenging film » would reportedly present his side of the story and attempt to « pave the way for a comeback. » The article noted that « so far, no one will touch it. »
He’s got a new job
Harvey Weinstein may never work in Hollywood again, but the disgraced movie producer apparently found a new gig. The Washington Post reported that he was working as a paralegal for his own court case. « He [has been] very helpful to the defense so far, » said Weinstein’s then-attorney Benjamin Brafman.
Brafman has since stepped down, but the attention-grabbing defense attorney did reveal that his former client was back to his old ways. « He is reviewing scripts and trying to pursue additional projects in the future. He is Harvey Weinstein and despite what you may find to be his flaws, he is a brilliant maker of movies, » said Brafman.
Whether this is wishful thinking or just plain hubris, Weinstein going back to his old job as a movie mogul won’t be easy. He was banished by the Motion Picture Academy and its 54-member board of governors, which includes industry heavyweights such as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Catching up with old friends
Other than the occasional statement defending himself, we haven’t heard much from Weinstein, who was infamous for his loud mouthed, profanity-laced diatribes. However, according to TMZ, Weinstein did reach out to a select group of friends via email. Imagine finding that in your inbox?
TMZ and The New York Times published one of those leaked messages. In it, Weinstein describes experiencing « one hell of year, » calling the scandal « the worst nightmare of my life. » He also addressed his criminal case, linking to stories about his legal woes. « As you can see from these articles, the police have played a very difficult role in my investigation, » he writes. « The articles are self-explanatory, but I’d like to speak to you on the phone if you have some time. There is more to this story … I appreciate your confidentiality. »
According to Page Six, the emails sparked a « blowout argument » between Weinstein and his former attorney, Benjamin Brafman, who was reportedly already seething about his client’s decision to add more lawyers to the defense team. According to the New York Post, Weinstein wanted to bring in a female attorney to fight for his cause. Before stepping down, Brafman did address Weinstein’s emails, telling The New York Times that they should « be viewed from the perspective of someone who is very distressed. It’s him asking for help. This was not an aggressive move by Harvey Weinstein. »
He won a court case against Ashley Judd
Harvey Weinstein has taken some « L’s » since the scandal broke, but he did score a much-needed legal victory against Ashley Judd. The Emmy-nominated actress and #MeToo activist told Variety in 2015 that she had been propositioned by an unnamed « mogul » who invited her back to his hotel room to watch him shower. In 2017, Judd identified Weinstein as her harasser in The New York Times exposé.
Of the dozens of accusers who spoke out about Weinstein, Judd was arguably the most high-profile person to file a sexual harassment claim against him. In an interview with the BBC, she claimed the former head of Miramax « blackballed » her from potential movie roles after she refused his advances. Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson backed up her allegations, telling New Zealand movie website Stuff that he reached out to Miramax about casting Judd in his J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy and was told that she was « a nightmare to work with. »
Part of Judd’s case was dismissed by a California court in January 2019, reported The New York Times, but the battle is not over. The Double Jeopardy star’s lawyer, Theodore Boutrous, said the court’s decision would not prevent the actress from « moving forward on multiple claims. »