The definition of rape is non-consensual sex. On that basis, it is an excellent bet (though not a guarantee – not in our crazy court system) that Harvey Weinstein is guilty of rape many times over…and, presumably, is going to jail for it.
But how many of the women he raped were innocents who had no idea things like this go on all the time in the entertainment industry, as a matter of course?
And how many of the women Harvey Weinstein raped, knew full well that performing sexual favors was an avenue to getting the part in that movie or TV show, that refusing to do so would consign them to secondary status…and, of their own free will, stayed in the business anyway?
And this is nothing new. Not even close. It is as old as the movie industry. “Casting couch”, anyone?
So, yes, Harvey Weinstein may be guilty. But let’s not kid ourselves about how many of his accusers are innocent.
Damn few, if any.