Ever since the media mogul gave a speech at the Golden Globes promising a new era of feminism, liberals have been abuzz with the prospect of an Oprah presidential run — and they have held up the billionaire as some sort of savior from the sexual assault scandals that have plagued Hollywood.
There’s just one major problem: It looks like Winfrey is far from blameless. Countless photos show the talk show host partying and schmoozing with Harvey Weinstein, and it looks all but impossible that she didn’t know the disgraced producer preyed on young actresses for years.
Now, one of those actresses is speaking out, but she’s not just calling out Weinstein. A U.K. actress named Kadian Noble claims that sexual predator Harvey Weinstein actually used his association with Winfrey to get her into a hotel room… and Oprah seemed to have no problem going along with the pervert’s games.
“British actress Kadian Noble said Tuesday she was head-over-heels impressed when she first met Weinstein at an event in London because he was hanging out with model [Naomi] Campbell and had megastar Oprah ‘swinging off his arm,’” reported The New York Post’s Page Six.
“I thought, obviously, this man has something amazing in store for me,” Noble recalled while fighting back tears during a recent press conference.
“Instead, Weinstein used promises of career advancement to lure the actress to his hotel room in Cannes, France, where he forced himself on her,” Page Six explained.
“I felt completely played,” Noble said.
Noble is now suing Weinstein for allegedly “grooming” her for his sexual assaults, while promising career advancement in return.
“Kadian claims that Weinstein then called an unnamed Weinstein Company producer in the US, who told Kadian ‘that she needed to be ‘a good girl and do whatever he wished,’ and if she did, then ‘they would work’ with her further,” Page Six reported.
The lawsuit names a specific sexual assault that supposedly took place in a French hotel room. Perhaps the most damaging, however, is the assertion that insiders around Weinstein were very aware of the repeated sexual assaults, but did nothing.
“Kadian also is suing Weinstein’s brother, Bob, and their company The Weinstein Company, claiming that they were aware that Harvey had a reputation for forcing or coercing ‘aspiring young actresses’ to engage in sexual activity,” The Post stated.
Other celebrities have already admitted to knowing what was going on, but staying silent. Jane Fonda, Brad Pitt, and Seth MacFarlane have all indicated that they were aware of Weinstein’s assaults on women.
More and more, it looks like the producer’s perversions were an open secret among the Hollywood elite. It doesn’t get more elite than Oprah, and if she was as close to Weinstein as countless photos show, there is no room for her to take the moral high ground.
Taking advantage of women is clearly and unequivocally wrong, but so is being part of the sick game and refusing to speak out.
Oprah’s newfound position as the “savior” of Hollywood and America is nothing but a facade. The truth is that the people around Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, and all the rest knew what was happening. They kept quiet because it helped their careers.
“MeToo” is starting to look less like a social justice hashtag, and more like an admission from all the celebrities who were complicit while harassment continued. Oprah knew. “Her, too.”