POWER AND PITFALLS

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POWER AND PITFALLS Harvey Weinsten, Bill Cosby and R Kelly

H-Metro

WHAT is it about power, especially in the entertainment industry, and the abuse of women?

It’s something which spills across borders, throughout the world, and Zimbabwean artists have also been caught up in the web.

In the past few years, a number of the world’s leading figures, in the entertainment industry, have fallen by the way side, brought down by allegations of rampant sexual abuse.

HARVEY WEINSTEN, MOVIES MOGUL

During a hearing for his sexual assault trial on January 3, 2020, Weinstein appeared in court using a walker.

Many looked at the use of a walking aid, in Weinstein’s case, as a ploy for sympathy.

By the time he was convicted, to serve a lengthy sentence in which his earliest possible release is November 9, 2039, it had emerged that Weinstein had sexually abused more than 87 women.

Eighty-seven women accused Weinstein of inappropriate to criminal behaviour, ranging from requests for massages to intimidating sexual advances to rape.

“Weinstein denied the allegations.”

The crimes dated back to the late ‘70s.

The man, who founded Miramax, is now a convicted serial sex offender.

                            BILL COSBY

In June last year, US comedian Bill Cosby left prison hours after his sexual assault conviction was overturned by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.

The judges said there had been a “process violation” by the prosecution, but admitted their ruling was unusual.

Cosby, 83, served more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia.

In 2018 he was found guilty of drugging and molesting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand.

Cosby is best known for starring in the 1980s TV series The Cosby Show and was once known as “America’s Dad”.

Dozens of women publicly accused Cosby of sexual assault, but he was only tried criminally for the incident against Constand.

His conviction in 2018 was widely seen as a landmark moment in the #MeToo movement.

                                R KELLY

For more than two decades, chart-topping R&B singer R. Kelly had faced allegations of sexual abuse.

The accounts went back to the start of his career in the 1990s, with many centring on the predatory pursuit of teenage girls.

In September 2021, he was found guilty of eight counts of sex trafficking and one of racketeering in a New York court and in June this year he was sentenced to 30 years in jail.

The singer – whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly – is separately facing trial in Chicago on child sex images and obstruction charges.

Kelly was himself the victim of child sex abuse, and detailed in his autobiography how he was raped by a female family member when he was eight years old. – H-Metro Reporter/BBC.

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