Disney heiress slams company over Harvey Weinstein — Analysis

The corporation “needs to step up” and “take responsibility” for turning a blind to the disgraced producer’s abuses, she said

Abigail Disney has demanded that the company take full responsibility for the omission of Harvey Weinstein, a disgraced filmmaker producer, as well as her outspoken criticisms of the entertainment conglomerate founded by her parents. 

“Harvey was an open secret,”She said that there was no secret, or at least not one.

“Everyone knew what Harvey was about, and that was just fine as long as everybody saw it as, ‘Well, this is just how business is done.’ Nobody had the moral clarity to step up and say, ‘Well, not here. We don’t do it that way here,’”She said.

“I think Disney needs to step up. When you’ve done a wrong thing, even if it’s only by stepping back and letting something happen, that’s still a wrong thing to do. And you have to take responsibility,”The activist also added.

Miramax, Weinstein’s production and distribution firm, was owned by Disney between 1993 and 2010. Many women accuse the producer of sexual harassment and abuse during his decades-long career in entertainment.

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The former Hollywood mogul was a powerful one until his predatory ways were exposed in 2017 by The New York Times, and The New Yorker. The following year, he was arrested and charged under criminal charges based upon six women’s allegations. He was sentenced to 23 years imprisonment for sexual crimes in 2020.

Rolling Stone reached Abigail Disney in order to comment on Kaja Sokola’s profile. Abigail stated she was 16 when Weinstein exploited her after she fled her home country of Poland for a modeling career. This makes her the youngest Weinstein accuser who has gone public with her name.

She and several other women brought a group action against Weinstein’s companies in 2019. Sokola filed her own case under New York’s Child Victims Act. Weinstein’s brother Bob and numerous employees and executives of Miramax and Disney were identified as “enablers”In the complaint 

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While most of the civil suits against Weinstein were settled, the Sokola/others one is still pending. Weinstein’s lawyers denied the allegations against him outlined in the claim.

Roy O. Disney’s granddaughter, Abigail Disney. Animator Walt Disney was Roy’s younger brother and business partner in founding and running the company named after him.

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