Thursday, September 23, 2021

Bill Cosby’s Publicist Challenges #MeToo Movement Following Harvey Weinstein Guilty Verdict

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*Harvey Weinstein was convicted on Monday of third-degree rape for an attack in a New York hotel and guilty of a criminal sex act for forcing oral sex on a former production assistant. 

The disgraced Hollywood mogul could face 25 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender.

He will next face a criminal case in LA related to eight allegations.

After the verdict was delivered on Monday, Weinstein was immediately handcuffed but instead of being hauled off to jail, he was rerouted to Bellevue Hospital after complaining of chest pain. 

Meanwhile, a publicist speaking on behalf of Bill Cosby has issued a statement of support to Weinstein. 

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Official Statement From Andrew Wyatt Regarding The Verdict Of Harvey Weinstein: This is not shocking because these jurors were not sequestered, which gave them access to media coverage and the sentiments of public opinion. There’s no way you would have anyone believe that Mr. Weinstein was going to receive a fair and impartial trial. Also, this judge showed that he wanted a conviction by sending the jurors back to deliberate, after they were hung on many of the counts. Here’s the question that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men…Where do we go in this country to find fairness and impartiality in the judicial system; and where do we go in this country to find Due Process? Lastly, if the #metoo movement isn’t just about Becky [White women], I would challenge #metoo and ask them to go back 400+ years and tarnish the names of those oppressors that raped slaves. This is a very sad day in the American Judicial System. #FreeBillCosby #FarFromFinished #DueProcess #JusticeReform

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Page Six reports that Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, noted in a post on Instagram that the judicial system is biased towards the wealthy. 

“Here’s the question that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men,” said Wyatt through Cosby’s Instagram. “Where do we go in this country to find fairness and impartiality in the judicial system; and where do we go in this country to find Due Process?”

The post then goes on to state:  “If the #metoo movement isn’t just about Becky [White women], I would challenge #metoo and ask them to go back 400+ years and tarnish the names of those oppressors that raped slaves,” the post concludes. “This is a very sad day in the American Judicial System.”

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Cosby is currently serving  a 3-to-10 year sentence for allegedly drugging and molesting a white woman over a decade ago. 

Meanwhile, Tarana Burke, who created the #MeToo hashtag, issued a statement praising the Weinstein verdict.

“Today, a jury confirmed what we all know: Harvey Weinstein committed sexual assault,” her statement said. “This jury worked with an incredibly narrow and unjust set of laws governing sexual assault, and though he was not convicted on all counts, Harvey Weinstein will have to answer for his crimes.”  

Weinstein was said to be in shock when the verdict was read on Monday. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 11.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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