What’s Current: Harvey Weinstein criminally charged; facing arrest in New York

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • After a lengthy investigation into reports of sexual assault, Harvey Weinstein is reportedly being criminally charged by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Specifics have yet to be released but Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to the NYPD tomorrow.
  • Eight different women have come forward to accuse Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment on film sets and at his production offices. In BC, TransLink, has removed transit announcements featuring Freeman’s voice that they were running as part of an ad campaign.
  • A Quebec judge has authorized a class-action lawsuit against former Just For Laughs CEO Gilbert Rozon who has been accused of sexually harassment and sexual assault by more than 20 women.
  • Trans-identified male Patrick Pearsall (who prefers to be called “Tara”) has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and declared a dangerous offender. Pearsall was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager and a young woman in Toronto. Pearsall did not start identifying as transgender until after the assaults, the most recent of which was in 2015.
  • Former judge Robin Camp has been reinstated into the Law Society of Alberta, meaning he can once again practice law. Camp resigned from the bench after a review found that his comments during a sexual assault trial — including asking the victim why she didn’t keep her “knees together” to prevent the assault — undermined public confidence in the judiciary.
Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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  • Tobysgirl

    If Weinstein does any time whatsoever, it will be in a very comfy federal prison, and he will be the rapist, not the victim.

  • お茶

    Not even understanding what he was doing is wrong is even more reason to lock him up.

  • お茶

    It seems to boil down to separating people by “brain”. Will a male brain really suffer being housed with a female brain? I thought prison was seperated to avoid physical (sexual or violent) interactions between men and women.

  • Wren

    Yep, La Femme Nikita is one of my favorites, but his recent stuff hasn’t been as good I’ve heard. Anyway, disappointed but not surprised, as I always say.

  • Marla

    ” And suddenly, the world doesn’t give a shit about the fact he’s a rapist, nobody cares about his victims, he has money to buy his freedom.”

    Some serious cynicism there. Whether or not the world gives a shit about Weinstein’s behavior remains to be seen. Hollywood, for what that’s worth has blacklisted him, his production company no longer holds any clout, and no woman will ever be alone with hm much less come near a 1,000 of him. He may buy his freedom but his life as he once knew it is over.

  • Alienigena

    I don’t think much has changed in Hollywood if actors can witness their female counterparts being verbally abused on set and suggest that the abuser needs some sympathy too.


    I wonder what the rationale was for thinking that it would be OK to totally ignore the well being of Jessica Walter? She was older so she was used to it? Not according to the actor herself, she said that she had never experienced this kind of abuse in her 60 years in the entertainment industry. Jason Bateman has always made me a bit nauseous (his manner is just off-putting) I guess I shouldn’t be surprised he holds these views.