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Meryl Streep blasts Harvey Weinstein for 'pathetic' use of her statement in lawsuit

Actor challenges Hollywood mogul’s legal team over their use of her statement in his defence against sexual misconduct charges

Meryl Streep has labelled Harvey Weinstein “pathetic and exploitative” after the Hollywood mogul used a statement by the actor in an effort to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit against him.

Weinstein is the subject of a racketeering lawsuit filed by six women – Louisette Geiss, Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Thomas (AKA Sarah Ann Masse), Melissa Sagemiller and Nannette Klatt, who claim the producer sexually assaulted or harassed them and that his behaviour was covered up by a system of people working within his former studios Miramax and the Weinstein Company.

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Pushing back: why it's time for women to rewrite the story

Poe, Updike, Roth, Mailer: many male authors have contributed to a culture in which the credibility of women is undermined. It’s time to put a stop to the gaslighting, writes Sarah Churchwell

In 1938 a play debuted at the Richmond theatre, which opens with a Victorian husband telling his wife that though she has been “very good lately”, she mustn’t “read meanings into everything” or “imagine things”. “Is it possible you’re beginning to see my point of view?” she asks. On the contrary: her husband is systematically working to extinguish her perspective, to convince her that she is mad. Every night as he searches their attic (for jewels he believes are there), his movements cause the gas lamps to flicker.

In Patrick Hamilton’s play, the flickering lamps verify the wife’s suspicions; in the Hollywood film of Gas Light, released six years later, they make her further doubt her own senses. “Gaslighting” soon came to denote psychological warfare, the deliberate undermining of another’s sanity. More recently, it has been resuscitated as a metaphor for the cultural sabotage of women’s perceptions, for trivialising their concerns as imaginary. Gaslighting is about women fighting to get men to see their point of view.

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Weinstein Company fires chief operating officer David Glasser

Board sacks senior executive days after New York attorney general sued company over harassment scandal

The studio co-founded by disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein has sacked its chief operating officer.

The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced on Friday that the board had decided to part ways with David Glasser. “The board of The Weinstein Company has unanimously voted to terminate David Glasser for cause,” a TWC statement said, according to multiple reports.

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Carnality and consent: how to navigate sex in the modern world

The past four months has seen a reckoning. After frank discussion about casual hook-ups and uncomfortable encounters, a new understanding of dating is emerging

Erin Tillman rarely dates men her own age any more.

She is in her late 30s and it is younger men she goes for now, guys who are more relaxed about rapidly evolving sexual politics and about what she does for a living. For Tillman is a dating coach, who as well as helping clients find love runs relationship workshops and courses for college students on the nature of consent.

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Weinstein lawsuit: attorney general says 'we have never seen anything as despicable'

After filing suit against Harvey and Bob Weinstein and their company, Eric Schneiderman describes ‘flagrant’ pattern of misconduct

New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman said Monday that a pervasive pattern of sexual misconduct and corporate enabling at the Weinstein Company was some of the worst his office has investigated.

Related: New York attorney general files suit against Harvey Weinstein and company

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New York attorney general files suit against Harvey Weinstein and company

Lawsuit against Harvey and Bob Weinstein and their film company alleges a hostile work environment and pattern of sexual harassment

New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, his brother Bob Weinstein and their film production company alleging serious violations of civil rights, human rights and state business laws.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Sunday with the New York County supreme court, alleges that the Weinsteins created “a years-long gender-based hostile work environment, a pattern of quid pro quo sexual harassment and routine misuse of corporate resources for unlawful ends that extended from in or about 2005 through at least in or about October 2017.”

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Jill Messick: producer’s death ‘collateral damage’ of Weinstein scandal, family say

The family of the executive, who was Rose McGowan’s talent manager at the time of her alleged rape by Harvey Weinstein, say she killed herself after ‘inaccurate accusations and insinuations’

The family of a former producer and studio executive who killed herself say that she became “collateral damage” in the scandal engulfing Harvey Weinstein.

Related: Rose McGowan’s memoir Brave details alleged rape by Harvey Weinstein

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Brave by Rose McGowan review – Hollywood’s avenging warrior speaks out

This may not, in time, be the best book about the Weinstein scandal, but it will surely remain the most visceral – anger burns from every page

In the week that I read Rose McGowan’s memoir, Brave, I went to see All the Money in the World, the Getty biopic that originally starred Kevin Spacey, before he was hastily swapped for Christopher Plummer after Spacey was publicly accused of groping multiple men in the past. I downloaded some shows made by Amazon Studios, which is no longer headed by Roy Price, as he resigned last year after a producer accused him of sexual harassment. I read an interview with Uma Thurman in which she called out her former longterm collaborators, Harvey Weinstein and Quentin Tarantino, accusing the former of sexual assault and the latter of life endangerment, when Tarantino asked her to drive a car she felt was unsafe while shooting a movie (and which Thurman then crashed). And I saw pictures from the red carpet: at the Golden Globes, female actors wore black as a sign of solidarity with victims of sexual assault, while at the Grammys singers carried white roses for the same reason.

In the last six months the entertainment world has changed almost beyond recognition, and one person who has done more than most to bring about this change is McGowan.

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Tarantino responds to Uma Thurman crash claim: 'The biggest regret of my life'

Quentin Tarantino has given his version of events during the making of Kill Bill, which Thurman has described as ‘dehumanisation to the point of death’

Quentin Tarantino has responded to allegations that he forced actor Uma Thurman into unsafe working conditions during the filming of Kill Bill, calling his decision to get her to perform a stunt “the biggest regret of my life”.

Thurman accused the writer and director – known for his ultra-violent films, including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Death Proof and the Kill Bill series – of bullying her during filming into driving an unsafe car that then crashed, calling the incident “dehumanisation to the point of death”.

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Rose McGowan's memoir Brave details alleged rape by Harvey Weinstein

In the book, actor also recounts her fight against the ‘Hollywood machine’ and its misogyny

After years of publicly accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, the actor Rose McGowan has detailed the sexual assault she said occurred after their first meeting more than 20 years ago.

In her memoir Brave, published on 30 January worldwide, McGowan recalled first seeing Weinstein, whom she refers to only as “the Monster”, at a screening of her film Going All the Way during the 1997 Sundance film festival.

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