Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest Comes After Monthslong Downward Spiral


After a long and public unraveling, Harvey Weinstein, the once powerful movie producer, was arrested in New York on Friday on sexual assault charges.

Mr. Weinstein faces criminal charges in connection with accusations that he forced one woman, Lucia Evans, to perform oral sex on him during a business meeting in 2004, and that he raped another woman, who has not been publicly identified.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office had been investigating allegations that Mr. Weinstein raped the actress Paz de la Huerta in her New York City home in 2010, as well as allegations by three to five other women.

The downfall of Mr. Weinstein, 66, began with reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker, both published in October, which prompted movements against sexual misconduct that have spread far beyond Hollywood.

Below is a brief look back at The New York Times’s most notable coverage of Mr. Weinstein’s undoing.

Exploding Weinstein’s bubble

A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation by the reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey about the allegations against Mr. Weinstein, and about how he had for decades paid off his victims, opened the floodgates.

The article represented multiple women — among them the actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, who went on the record with specific allegations against the producer.

The rise of #MeToo, as the list of accusers grows

New accusations of rape, groping and forced oral sex dating back to the 1970s began to pile up against Mr. Weinstein, as dozens of accusers continued to speak out, including the stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, who added their names to the #MeToo movement.

First, Mr. Weinstein resigned from the Weinstein Company’s board, which quickly descended into chaos. Hachette Book Group shut down the Weinstein Company’s publishing imprint, Weinstein Books.

He was ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a rare action for the organization that awarded his studio five best picture Oscars, including for “Shakespeare in Love” and “The English Patient.”

In March, the Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy. This month, it named a Dallas private equity firm as the winning bidder in its bankruptcy sale, though plaintiffs suing the studio oppose the plan.

[Read more: Anyone “who suffered or witnessed any form of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein” was released from nondisclosure agreements.]

Legal risk intensifies

Aside from the arrest of Mr. Weinstein in New York, prosecutors in Los Angeles and the police in London have been investigating sexual assault allegations against him. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have also broadened their inquiry into possible financial improprieties to include accusations that Mr. Weinstein violated federal stalking laws.

In 2015, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., decided not to pursue sexual abuse charges after accusations by Ambra Battilana, a model from Italy, claiming that his office did not have enough evidence to prosecute.

[Read more: How tensions had mounted between the prosecutors and the police.]

Daniel Victor contributed reporting.


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