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Sublimated anger toward Donald Trump is contributing to the “feeding frenzy” around Harvey Weinstein, former Hollywood Reporter editor Janice Min said on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
Pointing out the recent one-year anniversary of Trump’s notorious Access Hollywood recording, Min suggested that Weinstein presents a “possible, tangible crime and punishment” opportunity that Trump dodged.
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Maher too drew comparisons between Weinstein and Trump. “I’ve heard conservatives say it took a village to help Harvey Weinstein. It also took a village to elect the other sex predator.”
Min, now Co-President and Chief Creative Officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, said that Weinstein’s employees would often joke about his temper tantrums, throwing things during meetings, punching brother Bob in the nose, “but no one in seven years would ever go on the record and say he sexually assaulted someone.”
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“If you’ve ever met people who worked at Weinstein Company or Miramax,” she said, “there’s this palpable PTSD about them.”
Min said Weinstein “loomed over” her seven-year tenure as THR‘s editor, telling Maher that her first hire was reporter Kim Masters, who relayed an off-the-record Weinstein interview to her. According to Min, Masters asked Weinstein, in the presence of two female Weinstein publicists, “I heard you rape women, what can you say to that?”
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Min wouldn’t tell Maher what Weinstein’s off-the-record answer was, but said, “It definitely didn’t make me doubt all the smoke that was in the air.”
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