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How Harvey Weinstein shut down the allegations against him

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The New Yorker has detailed the intensive process by which Harvey Weinstein made it nearly impossible for the women whom he allegedly sexually assaulted to pursue legal action against him or his firms, The Weinstein Company and Miramax. It also includes the allegation that the settlement money for one of Weinstein's cases came directly from the personal bank account of Bob Weinstein, his brother and business partner, to hide its destination from Disney and Miramax executives.

Why it matters: It details the horrifying and extensive barriers that women face when accosted by men in power, as their reputations and livelihoods are threatened by bringing their allegations into the public sphere.