Things have done nothing but escalate since the initial Harvey Weinstein investigation.
It all began when The New York Times published the accusation that Weinstein had sexually harassed at least eight women. But it got worse when more women started to voice allegations and eventually Weinstein was fired from his own company by the board of directors. Some disturbing audio with Weinstein threatening an actress also has surfaced.
Then on Tuesday things started blowing up as A-list stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie alleged they suffered from Weinstein’s sexual abuse, along with three other women claiming they were raped by the film producer.
Now apparently on Tuesday night Weinstein boarded a private plane to leave the United States. According to TMZ, he was on his way to Europe, although the specific country is unknown.
“We’re told Harvey has decided to take the advice of the people around him and leave immediately. We’re told he will enter a live-in facility and will deal both with sex and other behavioral issues,” TMZ explained.
Weinstein’s case actually shares a few parallels with director Roman Polanski who was arrested and charged in 1978 for having raped a 13-year-old girl. When Polanski realized he’d likely go to jail upon pleading guilty, he swiftly left for England once he was free on his own recognizance. Polanski has lived in Europe ever since without returning to the United States.
Polanski has managed to escape US law several times with his position in Europe, and there’s no doubt that Weinstein is hoping to achieve the same. It’s a disturbing concept and one can only hope that justice will prevail.