What seemed unthinkable one year ago is on the verge of happening: Harvey Weinstein will probably walk.
Last Monday, Weinstein's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the entire criminal case against him, and this alone was a reminder of the mogul's diabolical mind and showman's sense of timing. It was one day before the midterms, the outrage cycle focused elsewhere.
#MeToo is a little over 1 year old. In that brief period, famous and powerful men from Matt Lauer (accused of sexually assaulting a colleague) to Charlie Rose (alleged lizardly sexual harassment of much younger female co-workers) to Louis C.K. (allegedly forcing less powerful female comics to watch as he masturbated to completion) to Kevin Spacey (allegedly making a sexual advance on then-14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp) have been taken down. None, aside from Bill Cosby, is in prison, let alone up on criminal charges.
Harvey Weinstein is a monster. And yet, thanks to his team of lawyers, a private investigator known as the real-life Ray Donovan and a DA's office that's incompetent at best and complicit at worst, he may go free.
Weinstein clearly expected this outcome from the beginning. Remember his perp walk in May? He laughed and smirked, then posted $1 million bail and went home.
"The smirk on his face . . . made me physically sick," tweeted actress Annabella Sciorra, who has accused Weinstein of rape. "Money buys VIP treatment in the justice system, no matter how serious or violent the crimes."
In fact, more than 80 women in multiple countries have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault or rape over the past 30 years, and of threatening or killing their careers in the process, sometimes worse.
"I will kill you," was among the threats he allegedly leveled against actress and producer Salma Hayek. "Don't think I can't."
In a piece for the Times last December, Hayek wrote that Weinstein stalked her from film set to film set, showing up unannounced and terrorizing her. If anything seems clear, it's that Weinstein found a way into an industry that gave him access to beautiful women who would otherwise have had nothing to do with him, thus stoking his sadism. Among the times Hayek rejected him, she wrote: