Harvey Weinstein — formerly a fixture at Sundance — is no longer welcome at the festival as the event embraces #MeToo and #TimesUp.
Before his name became synonymous with sexual predation and disgrace, Harvey Weinstein was a fixture at the Sundance Film Festival, which kicked off on Thursday, January 18. The fates of Sundance and of Weinstein had seemed intertwined for decades. But months before the 2018 festival began, its organizers made clear that they wanted to distance themselves from the man who was at least partly responsible for making it the star-studded, industry-driving event that it is today.
In a November interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, festival director John Cooper was quite blunt: “Harvey has been a fixture at Sundance for years. Is he still welcome? He is not,” Cooper said. “What Sundance has done is try to create a culture of inclusion and creativity together. We do not believe that we participate in or condone a culture that would contribute to crime and harassment. In fact, quite the opposite.”
At least two of Weinstein’s accusers have recalled abusive encounters with Weinstein that took place at Sundance. Actress Rose McGowan, who has waged a relentless fight against sexual predators in Hollywood and Weinstein specifically, says that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in a hotel room at Sundance in 1997; the New York Times reported that, following the incident, Weinstein settled with the actress for $100,000. And actress Louisette Geiss said in an October 10 press conference organized by attorney Read More Here