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Harvey Weinstein: His cinematic gifts and his bullying sway over a Hollywood he fascinated and repelled

Harvey Weinstein: His cinematic gifts and his bullying sway over a Hollywood he fascinated and repelled

He arrived that autumn night like a tribal leader in a strange, opulent outpost.

The crowd, many of them famous, whispered, nodded. Jane Fonda swept past the bar, Idris Elba mingled near Taylor Swift, and Cuba Gooding Jr. talked hockey in the corner. But waiters stiffened their glides and the air was suddenly charged when Harvey Weinstein, his reputation roaming a few paces ahead of him, strolled in gruff and brash, like a man who even among the elite was granted the deference of someone who could change your fortunes with a wink and a smile — or do great harm.

It was the start of awards season — Weinstein’s make-or-break time of year — and people flocked toward him in that...

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