July 11, 2019

"He thinks he’s making a movie. He’s just trying to put together the perfect cast and it’s not working. It’s not a movie. He is impossible to work with...."

"[One of the lawyers] wants to do everything in the courtroom and that’s the opposite of Weinstein, who wants the case tried in the court of public opinion and not a court of law.... Weinstein’s strategy is still to try this case in the public domain.... It’s pointless. It’s counterintuitive.... He thinks he is producing a movie. It’s pathetic and comical all in one.... He thinks it makes him look less creepy to have a female lawyer represent him. I think he needs the best lawyer not window dressing.... I give him a great chance of getting off.... The charges are flimsy. It’s a weak, weak case. The only way he will lose this case is if the lawyers fall on their head and forget where the courthouse is."

Said an unnamed person quoted in "Weinstein’s Legal Team Falls Apart Again: ‘He’s Impossible to Work With’/Lawyer Jose Baez, who once represented Casey Anthony, was granted permission to withdraw from the disgraced movie mogul’s sexual-assault case" (The Daily Beast).

50 comments:

Ignorance is Bliss said...

I give him a great chance of getting off...

I suspect that's why he wants the female lawyer...

Yancey Ward said...

He might get off, but I think the trial is already being tried publicly, and Weinstein is going to lose in court because he has already lost in the public.

Quaestor said...

If Weinstein does beat the rap, does anyone believe women will finally learn to report sexual assaults in a timely manner when memories are more clear and evidence can be gathered instead of waiting twenty years for a hashtag to be coined?

narciso said...

She only killed someone, Baez requires higher stakes to get involved

David Begley said...

While making movies is hard, writing and selling script is even harder!

“Frankenstein in Love” is taking shape.

“The Fugitive” meets “Beauty and the Beast.”

Drago said...

"[One of the lawyers] wants to do everything in the courtroom and that’s the opposite of Weinstein, who wants the case tried in the court of public opinion and not a court of law...."

That is a good strategy.

Weinstein knows that every single lefty/liberal in sight has known for decades what he was doing and not one of them said a thing.

Just as with Epstein.

Roman Polanski, Weinstein, Epstein, Clinton etc have always known the entire dem/left would cover for them.

Thats why lefties even gave them standing ovations over and over again.

narciso said...

The Italian witness, was being followed by Vance and probably black cube, with the svu sticking up for her.

robother said...

He needs a Perry Mason, who'll get the main witness to break down on cross, and admit she was the one who sexually assaulted Harvey and blackmailed him into pretending to assault all those other women, just so she could watch their reaction, or something.
Judge dismisses, jurors all carry Harvey out on their shoulders, tears in their eyes. Fade to black.

rhhardin said...

Go with the movie.

rhhardin said...

Klavan's A Shock to the System (1990) is instructive.

rhhardin said...

Expose the dirty secret behind #MeToo, women's narcissism and selfishness.

rhhardin said...

Roman Polanski, Weinstein, Epstein, Clinton etc have always known the entire dem/left would cover for them.

It's not about covering but indifference to the supposed source of outrage. At worst it's a legal problem and the guy's own business.

Indifference to outrage is the only viable political strategy these days, if you're going to survive the news. Never join a mob.

Whenever there's a stink about something in the news, it's because some politician or charity wants a stink in the news. Hearne's Law. (_Bandit_)

Virgil Hilts said...

He's like Edward Woodward in the Wicker Man (the real movie, not the POS remake). He's tied up inside that man made of wicker. He can scream and cry as much as he wants, but that thing is going to burn, no ladder back down and he's never getting out.

bagoh20 said...

Maybe he's innocent.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

It's not about covering but indifference to the supposed source of outrage.

or maybe participation, in some cases

madAsHell said...

When I was younger, I learned that I don't do my best thinking with my dick-in-my-hand(s).

I guess the lesson of Epstein, and Weinstein is that I should have scaled-up, and done all my thinking with my dick-in-my-hands!!

Darrell said...

He spent a couple of days in rehab.
What do you people want?

gadfly said...

“He thinks he’s making a movie, He’s just trying to put together the perfect cast and it’s not working. It’s not a movie. He is impossible to work with.”

What I find CHILLING is my original perception that this story was about Donald Trump - depressingly symbolic of today’s culture of elite impunity.

In all kinds of ways, of course, Trump himself demonstrates how deeply the culture of impunity has penetrated the GOP. We’ve seen bottomless self dealing and a refusal to show basic transparency on his business holdings; extensive and potentially criminal efforts to derail the Russia investigation; the refusal to hold the Saudis accountable for the dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi; maximal resistance to any and all congressional oversight; the turning loose of Attorney General William Barr on his political critics; Acosta’s potential survival; and so much more — much of it with nary a peep from Republicans.

Birkel said...

Another Democratic sexual offender?
Is it a never ending conga line of them?

Sheesh!

Nichevo said...

What I find CHILLING is my original perception

Us too, gaddie, us too. Your meds must be...Doc Mike, what's the learned word for when the medicine stops working? Also, what's stronger than stelazine?

Birkel said...

gadfly pretends it's about conservatives.

Beasts of England said...

'maximal resistance to any and all congressional oversight'

Shirley you can't be serious...

narciso said...

Bob Menendez calling for acosta to step down opened almost opened up a wormhole

William said...

He's a master baiter of favorable press coverage and knows a lot about getting off. I can understand why he wants to take the matter into his own hands in order to beat the rap. He has done it often enough in the past. If he can get an Academy Award for The English Patient, how hard can it be to get an acquittal. Still, I don't think he understands that a NY jury pool is nowhere near as stupid as the voting members of the Academy.....Maybe he can cop a plea with Cyrus Vance. It worked for Jussie Smollett.

BADuBois said...

Hey, how goes Weinstein's fight against the NRA? Remember how he put that out in his initial statement?

*crickets-crickets*

Amadeus 48 said...

This word salad from an unnamed source is fake news. It is self-contradictory. How is it a disaster if he is going to get off? So he wants to tell a story and do a show--I know a lot of great lawyers who do that. And what about all the women he promoted after they came across? Are they going to testify in his favour?

Help. Help. The people who are supposed to bring me the news have gone crazy.

narciso said...

That's why I call it the basilisk, like I say if he had strangled one of the girls, Baez would have no problem defending him

narciso said...

I see what you did their william

Beasts of England said...

'Bob Menendez calling for acosta to step down opened almost opened up a wormhole'

Hubris doesn't begin to describe his comment, narciso. Wow.

n.n said...
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n.n said...

Reproductive rites are critical to normalize social progress. Do it for the... no. How about the... never mind. Forward!

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Hmmmm... so Ronald Sullivan is out. Is Gloria Allred available? She certainly believes in justice for all.

Let’s be honest... the women accusing Weinstein would never have said a word if they’d gotten the part.

I know, I know... saying such a thing sounds terrible and cruel, but someone needs to say it.

Sure, Harvey Weinstein is the prototypical creep. But he’s a rich, powerful creep. Which puts him in play.

Is it an abuse of economic power? You’re damn right it might be, and likely is. But these actresses attempted to exert their sexual power in exchange (or over him) to get the result they wanted. This case is a primordial contest. Homo sapiens has sex in private, no matter what the nutjobs at Burning Man say. These Weinstein encounters happened to be private. He said, she said.

I know it’s wicked and awful to say, but these adult women have to have been too stupid, or the man too evil. The results are inconclusive, though perhaps not to an NYC jury. But try this case in Kasper, Missouri, and you might get a different result. Fortunately, the Constitution and most state and municipal law says a jury of one’s peers.

We shall see. There are two sides to every story, no what the media victim narrative may be. Unfortunate things happen in life.

That doesn't excuse Weinstein.

It needn’t excuse her, either.

Unless proven beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury of one’s peers, it should not deprive a man of his freedom. That’s what we call justice. Unless it’s a self-defense trial in Ohio.

rehajm said...

It’s like when warren front runs the fake indian crap- old news by the time you get to the voting booth to vote for Hillary

rehajm said...

I’m mad as hell I know too much about mad as hell.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

The great Lefty question today: “How often are firearms really used in self-defense?”

I don’t know for sure, but a corollary might go something like this: “How many actresses appear on the big screen because of their performance on the casting couch?”

Both questions are impossible to answer.

But the probabilities of both being true are probably quite high, given the stakes involved and the desires on both sides. Wouldn’t you think?

With great risk comes great daring and the possibility of great reward. Sometimes, both sides win.

wildswan said...

I think he knows he'll be found guilty so he's trying to do the trial in a way that links to a larger cause while his lawyer is trying to win on legal issues or at least, keep the sentencing down. If HW gets his way he can make a movie "The Sentencing" with flashbacks showing how his lawyers muffed all their opportunities, not realizing he was a martyr but just trying to get him off on most charges. At the end he shouts "I shall return" while in the background Alison Krause sings "O Brother." This, then, followed by "Harvey Weinstein in Folsom Prison." "Harvey and the Half Way House". "The Return of Harvey Weinstein." He and Roman Polanski get a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Academy Awards. Or, they are getting it when a maddened horde of women break through police lines and charge the stage, throwing cream pies. Harvey slips and falls into a heap of pies. You see a hand rise above the meringue holding the Motion Picture Academy Award statue. "Lifetime Achievement" is clear on the screen, then dips, and then ... fade out. But, controversially, it does not say THE END.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

did Harvey unload anything anticipating/signalling an upcoming downfall like Epstein apparently did?

"it looks like the financier unloaded the potentially 'evidence-rich' aircraft - said to have had a bed installed where passengers reportedly had group sex with young girls"

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-11/epstein-sold-lolita-express-weeks-arrest-court-document

cronus titan said...

Weinstein's initial strategy was to distract from the allegations by trying to "take down the NRA and President Trump." That normally works for charlatans like Clinton and Biden. Weinstein's acts were way beyond that but give him credit -- he was prescient in making sexual assault accusation against him about the NRA and Trump. Now it happens every night in the media. Cough, Jeffrey Esptein, cough.

He still thinks he will walk if he just makes the right story.

J. Farmer said...

Jose Baez is a joke.

narciso said...

No hes what you scrape off your shoe,

madAsHell said...

I’m mad as hell I know too much about mad as hell.

Oh....Fuck off!! You never learned to masturbate??

Scott Patton said...

There's an unnamed person in the alley behind my house. He's saying some shit right now. I guess I should record it and send it to The Daily Beast.

walter said...

"I give him a great chance of getting off."
Given the accounts, shouldn't be in doubt.

J. Farmer said...

@walter:

"I give him a great chance of getting off."
Given the accounts, shouldn't be in doubt.


Ha..that one wrote itself.

Granted I haven't been following this case that closely, but I would guess that a halfway decent lawyer could get an acquittal. Weinstein is undoubtedly a scumbag and was protected by all kinds of powerful, self-important people. But in all honesty, I have a difficult time mustering a great deal of sympathy for people who went along to get along. I have encountered innumerable victims of sexual abuse in the course of my career (some as young as infants), and I don't recall a single one ever getting rich and famous as a result.

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traditionalguy said...

Maybe Harvey can get in on the " Acosta did it" sacrificial offering to the god of Guilt.

mtrobertslaw said...

Weinstein's biggest problem: he looks guilty.

MadisonMan said...

This comes from never having heard the word "No"

NEO-FIDO said...

He thinks he can redeem himself. He could if he were handsome. After all, women forgave Bill Clinton for rape.

Alas, he is arrogant and looks like Jabba the Hutt (this is a Star Wars reference, Althouse)

Chuck said...

narciso said...
Bob Menendez calling for acosta to step down opened almost opened up a wormhole


Great comment.

Indeed I can tell you exactly how great it was; it ranks with this entire page of great, funny, creative comments on the craven shamelessness of Menendez:

https://savejersey.com/2019/07/twitter-bob-menendez-alex-acosta-epstein/

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