The revelation that the embattled Hollywood producer created a secret hitlist to prevent a possible sex scandal has provoked uproar on Twitter.
The Observer has managed to gain access to US film producer Harvey Weinstein’s covert list of a total of 91 prominent actors, publicists, producers, financiers and prominent film industry players.
The document was reportedly compiled by Weinstein about five months before the October 5 publication by the New York Times of a spate of sexual harassment allegations against the Hollywood producer.
The goal of the hitlist was apparently part of a strategy to prevent these eminent individuals from making their sexual misconduct claims public, something that was due to be implemented by a special team hired by Weinstein.
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“The size of the list…appears to corroborate claims that sexual misconduct allegations against the 65-year-old were an open secret throughout Hollywood,” the Observer reported.
Twitter users have reacted emotionally to the news, with this user even calling for Weinstein to be put behind bars.
Others lashed out at Weinstein’s morality in connection with his secret hitlist.
Scores of women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Lena Headey, have come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein since the New York Times claimed that Weinstein had allegedly paid off women who had accused him of sexual assault since the 1980s.
He has already been banned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts over the scandal.