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New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the Harvey Weinstein story in October 2017. Their coverage gave women around the world the courage to share their stories of harassment and assault, and put predatory men on notice. Kantor’s and Twohey’s coverage spurred the #MeToo movement and opened the floodgates of conversation about all forms of sexual harassment and abuse, eventually enveloping many powerful men.

Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax and later The Weinstein Company, was one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood. He was known to be a serial sexual abuser.

Providing background and context, New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey describe how Harvey Weinstein ran his film production companies with his brother Bob. He rose from humble beginnings to prominence in Hollywood because of his canny promotional ability. He turned small films into critical hits and launched the careers of megastars. He won five Oscars through the years. 

He was politically active, the authors report, and raised money for Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton. Though rumors of harassment followed him, no one complained on record. Kantor and Twohey knew that journalists had tried to crack the story without success. One obstacle was that Weinstein had solid feminist credentials, including distributing The Hunting Ground, a film about campus rape.

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Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are New York Times award-winning investigative journalists.

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