Opinion

Women in Hollywood were preyed upon long before Harvey Weinstein

To the editor: Back in the 1950s, when I was a young actress, there were many Harvey Weinsteins. Luckily, I was part of a group of actresses who tipped each other off about these guys, so we were prepared. (“Has anyone fallen faster than Harvey Weinstein?” Oct. 12)

One producer had his secretary call and ask actresses to watch a screening with him. You knew the outcome already and declined.

Two brothers who were producers would have you read for a part. One would sit across from you, to distract you, while the other sat next to you trying to grope you. You knew it was coming and just pushed the creep away.

No, you didn't get the part. However, you left with your pride intact and with the knowledge that they were now aware the word was out about their scheme.

This was in the 1950s. It isn’t anything new.

Janet De Gore St. Amant, West Hollywood

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To the editor: I am at a loss to understand the difference in reactions when two famous and famously badly behaving men are accused of sexually exploiting women.

The country seems to be in a lather about Weinstein when similar accusations were made against Donald Trump before he was president, but no one cared.

Disgusting behavior is disgusting behavior — no excuses — but Weinstein appears at least somewhat contrite while Trump, true to form, has lied. The lesson is obvious: It is OK to be a disgusting person as long as you are willing to lie about it.

Arlene Shayer, Visalia

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To the editor: Weinstein forgot to check the script.

He saw this movie a few years ago, but he seems to have forgotten the part where one writes off a woman who speaks out as a “narcissistic loony toon” or an erupting “bimbo.” If he had also used those lines, perhaps things would have been swept under the rug.

After all, this worked well in the first version of that movie.

Julia Lutch, Davis, Calif.

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