Harvey Weinstein is a 67-year-old Hollywood producer facing life in prison if convicted of rape and predatory sexual assault charges he has denied.
Weinstein accusers—more than 80 in total–began the #MeToo movement in 2017.
Women came forward with allegations that he used his Hollywood status as a way to assault and abuse women, frequently by luring them into his hotel “office” room with promises to talk about career opportunities.
Weinstein’s lead defense attorney, Donna Rotunno, argued that a social justice push has made it acceptable for women to not take responsibility for their actions and retroactively decide that sexual encounters were actually assault.
Rotunno’s argument is called “victim blaming” and possibly the most widespread and pervasive cover for sexual assault. Is victim blaming right or wrong? Laura and Tim debate the issue here.
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