In the days following the New York Times investigation revealing he’d paid off at least eight of his accusers over three decades, the film producer sought support from a who’s who in the tech and entertainment industries. They included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, as well as Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and internet software senior vice-president Eddy Cue. (Variety)
Talking point: The emails, contained within 1,000 pages of court documents unsealed following Weinstein’s February convictions of rape and sexual assault, read much like his legal defence: at once unrepentant and self-pitying. “I’m in a tough spot. Many of the allegations are false, but I need your help with this private letter of support,” he wrote to Cook and Cue. “There are many false allegations and over time, we’ll prove it, but right now, I’m the poster boy for bad behavior,” he wrote to Bezos. Today, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in jail.