The #MeToo sexual misconduct witch-hunt

Pro-police #MeToo campaign targets French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin

By Will Morrow, 4 August 2020

The demands for Darmanin’s resignation over alleged sexual misconduct have intensified since his elevation to the powerful post of interior minister this month.

#MeToo to “Me Who?”: US media has turned off the sexual witch-hunt for the moment

By David Walsh, 13 July 2020

This lull demonstrates the extraordinary level of media manipulation and control involved in the launching and circulation of such campaigns.

Australian court rejects Murdoch appeal against Geoffrey Rush defamation verdict

By Linda Tenenbaum, 7 July 2020

Last week’s Federal Court verdict is another important blow against the anti-democratic #MeToo movement.

Quebec film distributors censor Roman Polanski’s J’accuse

By Louis Girard, 20 June 2020

Yielding to the anti-democratic #MeToo campaign, distributors in Quebec refused to buy the rights to Polanski’s remarkable film about the Dreyfus Affair.

After the New York Times’ critique: Former NBC “Today” show host Matt Lauer takes Ronan Farrow to task

By David Walsh, 22 May 2020

Lauer was abruptly fired in late 2017 following complaints by an NBC employee, with whom he was having an affair, about his alleged sexual misbehavior.

The New York Times exposes journalist, #MeToo crusader Ronan Farrow as a dishonest fraud

By David Walsh, 20 May 2020

Farrow has been the golden boy of the American media since the publication of his supposed exposé of Harvey Weinstein in the New Yorker magazine in October 2017.

Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York: A little more of an edge than usual

By David Walsh, 16 May 2020

Disgracefully, A Rainy Day in New York has been suppressed in the US. The film was completed in 2018, but Amazon Studios refused to distribute it.

Biden denies sexual assault allegation, but Democrats’ nervousness about his candidacy grows

By David Walsh, 2 May 2020

The deaths of 65,000 people and the collapse of jobs and incomes have not shaken the Democrats, who are as callous as Donald Trump, but a sex scandal is another matter.

Sincerely Louis C.K.—Comedian returns with a stand-up special

By Shuvu Batta, 25 April 2020

Despite the hostile and concerted campaign in the media, Louis C.K. returns to the public eye with his new comedy special.

When it comes to Joe Biden, New York Times abandons “Believe women”

By David Walsh, 15 April 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020, has been accused by a former Senate staffer of sexually assaulting her.

New York Philharmonic forced to reinstate two musicians victimized by #MeToo campaign

By David Walsh, 11 April 2020

Oboist Liang Wang and trumpeter Matthew Muckey disputed their 2018 firings. An arbitrator heard the case and found that the musicians had been terminated without just cause.

With publication of Woody Allen’s Apropos of Nothing memoir, venomous #MeToo attacks continue

By David Walsh, 3 April 2020

The book, treating Allen’s life growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and ‘40s, as well as his film career and more recent personal troubles, has become the target of abuse in the Washington Post, New York Times and elsewhere.

What the coronavirus calamity means for intellectual and cultural life

By David Walsh, 27 March 2020

A Rubicon has been crossed. The existing order, in the eyes of tens of millions, will be seen from now on as illegitimate and an immediate threat to their continued existence.

University of Michigan terminates provost amid unspecified sexual misconduct allegations

By James Brookfield, 18 March 2020

Statements from the university and reports in the press amalgamated Martin Philbert’s case with that of a university physician alleged to have committed multiple acts of sexual assault against athletes over the course of decades at UM.

French female lawyers publish open letter defending filmmaker Roman Polanski and the presumption of innocence

By Will Morrow, 13 March 2020

In its defense of democratic rights, the letter is an indictment not only of the anti-Polanski witch-hunt, but the entire #MeToo campaign that began in the US two years ago.

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison: “Obscene” culmination to a travesty of a trial

By David Walsh, 12 March 2020

Judge Burke handed out nearly the maximum possible sentence. Weinstein was found guilty February 24 on charges of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

#MeToo campaign shows its ultra-right colors: Hachette Book Group suppresses Woody Allen’s memoir

By David Walsh, 9 March 2020

Hachette announced Friday it would not publish filmmaker-comic Woody Allen’s memoir at the behest of journalist Ronan Farrow and in the face of protests by its own employees.

Roman Polanski gets César for best director for J’Accuse, in repudiation of #MeToo

By Alex Lantier, 29 February 2020

The French Film Academy openly defied demands from the #MeToo movement and President Emmanuel Macron’s government not to give Polanski an award.

Spanish government joins persecution of opera singer Plácido Domingo

By David Walsh, 29 February 2020

The latest stage of the manufactured sexual misconduct controversy surrounding the 79-year-old singer is no more edifying than the earlier ones.

New York Times posts anti-Semitic caricature of Harvey Weinstein

By David North and Andre Damon, 26 February 2020

The illustration, which has multiple characteristics associated with anti-Semitic depictions of Jewish people by the Nazis, strikingly resembles an image published in October 1936 in the Nazi propaganda magazine Der Stürmer.

The New York Times gloats over the destruction of “the Monster” Weinstein

By Eric London, 26 February 2020

Weinstein’s conviction has established the “breakthrough” principle that a criminal conviction can be secured without reliable and verifiable evidence. The working class and poor will suffer the consequences.

#MeToo-style attack on star of West Side Story revival fizzles on Broadway

By Fred Mazelis, 25 February 2020

The producers and the colleagues of Amar Ramasar are standing by the latest target #MeToo hysteria.

#MeToo collaborates with fascistic forces to block showing of Polanski’s film J’Accuse

By Alex Lantier, 15 February 2020

Allied with the reactionary Macron government, #MeToo demands the censorship of Polanski’s brilliant account of the anti-Semitic frame-up of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, which was a seminal event in modern French history.

Accuser Jessica Mann’s testimony in the Weinstein trial: A Journey to the End of the Night

By David Walsh, 7 February 2020

In the course of three days of lurid testimony describing the warped, emotionally pathological and mutually destructive relationship between Weinstein and his accuser Jessica Mann, the trial degenerated into a degrading and horrifying spectacle.

Swiss newspaper raises important questions about the Harvey Weinstein trial

Why will no one in the American media do the same?

By David Walsh, 30 January 2020

Journalist Sarah Pines, in “Weinstein trial: Believe the one who shouts ‘Wolf!’ the loudest,” paints a highly unflattering portrait of the American media and the lynch-mob atmosphere.

The New York Times attempts to discredit defense as Harvey Weinstein trial begins

By Tom Carter, 23 January 2020

Weinstein has every right to confront his accusers—and yes, attempt to discredit them.

Despite #MeToo protest, Berlin audience applauds opera singer Placido Domingo

By Sybille Fuchs, 23 January 2020

The Berlin Staatsoper refused to comply with a call for an anti-democratic ban on Domingo performing raised by the “Pro Quote Bühne” group and Green Party politicians.

Democratic Party establishment wages war on Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 22 January 2020

The public and vicious campaign by Democratic Party leaders against Sanders only underscores the political bankruptcy of his perspective of reforming this organization.

The New York Times gloats over Harvey Weinstein’s misfortune

By David Walsh, 22 January 2020

The trial of film producer Harvey Weinstein, on five charges of sexual assault involving two women, is currently underway in New York City.

Harvey Weinstein criminal trial begins amid media frenzy

By Eric London, 9 January 2020

At stake in Weinstein’s prosecution is the fundamental due process right to the presumption of innocence and a fair trial by an untainted jury.

The sordid deal between former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and his accusers

By David Walsh, 13 December 2019

Weinstein and his bankrupt company have reached a $25 million settlement with dozens of women who charged him with sexual misconduct, various media outlets reported on Wednesday.

Opera singer Plácido Domingo defends himself against sexual harassment allegations

By David Walsh, 5 December 2019

In an interview with the Spanish online publication El Confidencial, opera legend Domingo explained that these “have been the most difficult months of my life.”

#MeToo launches fascistic attack on Polanski’s film J’accuse

By Alex Lantier, 23 November 2019

The #MeToo campaign is aligning itself with the French state, slandering anyone who views or admires this magnificent retelling of the Dreyfus Affair as a rape apologist.

Geoffrey Rush defamation victory contested in Sydney’s Federal Court

By Linda Tenenbaum, 7 November 2019

The appeal by Murdoch-owned Nationwide News against last year’s Federal Court judgement in favour of Oscar-winning Australian actor, Geoffrey Rush, was heard early this week.

Sexual assault scandal shakes New Zealand government

By Tom Peters, 18 October 2019

The Labour Party, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, last month came under attack in the media over unproven and anonymous allegations of sexual assault by a senior staff member.

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for research in cosmology and exoplanets

By Bryan Dyne, 11 October 2019

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics focuses on the deeper understanding of humanity’s place in the cosmos that has been developed over the past six decades.

Placido Domingo resigns from LA Opera, as #MeToo campaign continues

By Fred Mazelis, 4 October 2019

The world-famous tenor, baritone and conductor is facing the equivalent of a blacklist in the US.

Singer Placido Domingo’s forced departure from New York’s Metropolitan Opera

By David Walsh, 26 September 2019

Domingo’s action came in response to two Associated Press articles, in August and September, in which 20 women, 18 of them anonymously, accused the opera star of inappropriate behavior.

The newest #MeToo atrocity: Opera singer Plácido Domingo comes under attack

By David Walsh, 17 August 2019

On August 13, the Associated Press posted an article by Jocelyn Gecker alleging that Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo had sexually harassed a number of women over a period of several decades.

A blow to the #MeToo sexual witch-hunt: The ignominious collapse of the case against actor Kevin Spacey

By David Walsh, 19 July 2019

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe in Massachusetts announced Wednesday that his office was dropping its sexual assault case against Spacey.

Sexual assault case in Massachusetts against actor Kevin Spacey threatens to fall apart

By Kayla Costa, 15 July 2019

The dismissal of the case would be a blow to the witch-hunt as a whole, which has ruined or threatened dozens of artists’ careers, creating an atmosphere of censorship and intimidation.

The case of Jeffrey Epstein and the depravity of America’s financial elite

By David Walsh, 13 July 2019

The resignation of Alexander Acosta, Donald Trump’s secretary of labor, is the latest development in the widening scandal surrounding American financier and “money manager for the super-rich” Jeffrey Epstein.

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Washington Post’s Richard Cohen comes to the defense of Linda Fairstein, overseer of the Central Park Five prosecution

By Kate Randall, 3 July 2019

Cohen gushed over Colin Powell’s infamous February 4, 2003 presentation of lies at the UN that formed the justification for the Iraq War.

Revisiting the Central Park Five case in the #MeToo era

By Andre Damon, 8 June 2019

Thirty years after the New York Times and Washington Post helped railroad five innocent teenagers to prison, these newspapers continue to wage a campaign against the presumption of innocence.

Dr. King and Mr. Garrow

By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2019

The historian and King biographer David Garrow has unleashed a #MeToo-style slander campaign against the martyred civil rights leader.

Actor Geoffrey Rush awarded record payout in defamation damages

By Linda Tenenbaum, 25 May 2019

The Oscar-winning actor was granted a total of nearly $2.9 million, in general and special damages, due to the Murdoch media’s defamatory articles.

Mexican musician, writer Armando Vega Gil commits suicide after #MeToo allegation

By David Walsh, 15 April 2019

Vega Gil, born in Mexico City, was a bassist and a co-founder of Botellita de Jerez, one of the more influential Mexican rock ’n’ roll bands. He was also the author of novels, short stories and volumes of poetry.

020 Geoffrey Rush wins defamation case against Murdoch newspaper

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Replying to Woody Allen suit, Amazon acknowledges McCarthyite character of #MeToo campaign

By David Walsh, 6 April 2019

Lawyers for Amazon Studios filed a motion in federal court in New York City on Wednesday seeking to dismiss a lawsuit launched by filmmaker Woody Allen. Their arguments were extremely revealing.

Leadership of the Southern Poverty Law Center pushed out in #MeToo-style operation

By Niles Niemuth, 30 March 2019

Vague allegations of sexism and racism have been utilized to oust the leadership of the prominent civil rights organization and justify the hiring of Obama confidante and #MeToo leader Tina Tchen.

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Ronan Farrow promotes #MeToo witch hunt in University of Michigan talk

By Oscar Gray, 26 March 2019

The Farrow event, ostensibly held to celebrate “excellence in journalism,” instead celebrated self-promotion and contempt for due process.

Warner Bros. CEO’s resignation sheds revealing light on Hollywood and #MeToo campaign

By David Walsh, 22 March 2019

Kevin Tsujihara, one of the American film industry’s most powerful executives, resigned March 18 after texts were made public indicating he had promised to promote an actress’ career in exchange for sex.

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Jussie Smollett, #MeToo and the presumption of innocence

By Eric London, 25 February 2019

A commenter wrote that the WSWS was hypocritical in calling Jussie Smollett a liar while defending his presumption of innocence in the criminal case against him.

New York Times places songwriter Ryan Adams in the crosshairs of its #MeToo witch hunt

By Eric London, 18 February 2019

Within hours, the music industry began erasing Adams’ nearly 30-year footprint as a pioneer of popular Americana music.

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Woody Allen sues Amazon for failing to distribute his latest film and other breaches of contract

By David Walsh, 9 February 2019

Amazon’s refusal to distribute Allen’s film and honor its contract with him is a brazen act of censorship that is the direct product of the #MeToo witch hunt.

Australian actor Craig McLachlan’s defamation case postponed following police charges

By Richard Phillips, 7 February 2019

Gold Logie-winning actor Craig McLachlan’s career has been “effectively destroyed” by the #MeToo allegations.

Former leader Alex Salmond’s arrest threatens to tear Scottish National Party apart

By Steve James, 26 January 2019

Whatever the outcome of the legal case against Salmond, the SNP is being torn apart by factional infighting.

Widespread student support for beleaguered professor Peter Boghossian

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Portland State University, 17 January 2019

Despite threats of dismissal by Portland State University, Grievance Studies “hoaxer” Peter Boghossian is respected by students for his principled stand against postmodernist philosophy.

US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson targeted by #MeToo campaign

By David Walsh, 12 January 2019

Nothing that has come to light so far demonstrates that Tyson is guilty of wrongdoing. On the contrary, the published material suggests he is the victim of a virulent strain of political hysteria.

Actor Kevin Spacey arraigned on indecent assault charge in Massachusetts

By David Walsh, 9 January 2019

Spacey’s brief courtroom appearance on Monday, during which he hardly spoke, was the occasion for another media frenzy.

Actor Kevin Spacey releases defiant video: “It’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life”

By David Walsh, 28 December 2018

In the course of his three-minute video, Spacey (while in character as House of Cards ’ Frank Underwood) urged viewers not to “believe the worst without evidence” and not to “rush to judgment without facts.”

Actor Geoffrey Rush denies new #MeToo-inspired claims of “inappropriate” behaviour

By James Cogan, 19 December 2018

Rush, as he waits for a ruling on legal action he took in late 2017 to defend himself, now faces a new attack on his character.

The ignorant, repressive attack on Frank Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

By David Walsh, 14 December 2018

In the song, as it is generally performed, a man encourages a woman to stay the night and she expresses concerns about what her family and the neighbors will think if she does.

Jeffrey Epstein case exposes how US justice works for the rich

By Matthew Taylor, 10 December 2018

The billionaire hedge fund manager avoided human trafficking charges due to his vast wealth and political connections.

Charges dropped against falsely accused Texas man

By a reporter, 20 November 2018

Christopher Precopia faced life in prison on false charges of assault on a former girlfriend.

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Geoffrey Rush’s lawyer slams “gutter journalism” in Sydney defamation trial

By Linda Tenenbaum and Richard Phillips, 15 November 2018

Bruce McClintock SC likened the methods of the Daily Telegraph to those of newspapers published by Lords Rothermere and Beaverbrook, as described by British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in 1931.

House of Cards Season 6: The King is dead, long live the Queen!

By Joanne Laurier, 10 November 2018

The sixth and final season of House of Cards is now streaming on Netflix. The firing of lead actor Kevin Spacey along with the #MeToo and anti-Russia campaigns have had a considerable impact on the series.

Judge rejects push by Daily Telegraph to amend its defence in Geoffrey Rush defamation suit

By Linda Tenenbaum, 6 November 2018

Justice Wigney sharply warned that the presence of a previously unheard of witness would “egregiously prejudice Mr Rush.”

Geoffrey Rush defamation trial against Murdoch media begins in Sydney

By Linda Tenenbaum, 27 October 2018

Over the past nearly 50 years, Rush has won numerous awards, including the “Triple Crown;” helped establish the Australian Academy of Cinema, Theatre and Acting Arts; and in 2014 received an Order of Australia for Service to the Arts.

New York Times celebrates downfall of 201 “powerful men:” The ugly face of the #MeToo campaign

By David Walsh, 25 October 2018

The article inadvertently points toward an important truth: the #MeToo campaign is fundamentally an effort by a layer of upper-middle class women to advance their economic interests at the expense of their male rivals.

One year of the #MeToo movement

By David Walsh, 19 October 2018

The ostensible aim of this movement is to combat sexual harassment, i.e., to bring about social progress. However, the repressive means resorted to give the lie to the campaign’s “progressive” claims.

A discussion with Helen Pluckrose, co-author of “Grievance Studies” hoax article

By Eric London, 18 October 2018

The WSWS spoke to one of the authors of a recent study exposing the charlatanry that dominates postmodern-obsessed academic circles.

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New York judge dismisses a sexual assault charge against producer Harvey Weinstein

By David Walsh, 15 October 2018

Judge James Burke took the action after it came to light that a New York City police detective had failed to report an interview with a friend of one of the complainants, Lucia Evans, which casts doubt on her version of events.

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

By Eric London, 13 October 2018

Helen Pluckrose, James A. Lindsay and Peter Boghossian have struck a well-timed blow against postmodernism, a reactionary obstacle to the development of scientific socialist consciousness.

#MeToo-style allegations used to oust popular University of Michigan professor

By Joseph Lorenz, 10 October 2018

John Rubadeau, who has more than three decades at the university, was fired by the English Department on the basis of unspecified allegations.

10 October 2018

US Senate elevates right-wing judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2018

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh marks a further major step to the right by the highest US court.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh clears crucial hurdle to confirmation

By Eric London, 6 October 2018

Friday’s 51–49 cloture vote all but secures the confirmation of the arch-reactionary to what will be the most right-wing court in over a century.

US Senate sets first vote on Kavanaugh nomination

By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2018

The Democratic Party is focusing solely on unproven allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, as the Republicans move forward to a vote on the right-wing nominee.

The Kavanaugh nomination, #MeToo and the politics of petty-bourgeois rage

By David Walsh, 3 October 2018

The New York Times published an opinion piece by journalist Rebecca Traister headlined “Fury Is a Political Weapon. And Women Need to Wield It.” The piece is one of a number along the same lines that have appeared in recent weeks and months.

The political issues in the Senate hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

By Eric London, 29 September 2018

The focus of the proceedings reflects the political priorities of the Democratic Party and the interests of the affluent social layers to which it is appealing.

The Kavanaugh hearing: A spectacle of political filth and reaction

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2018

The Democratic Party has decided to wage its opposition to the reactionary Supreme Court nominee on the most degraded and right-wing basis possible.

Kavanaugh’s nomination, Cosby’s sentencing: News media pornography and the enraged middle class

By David Walsh, 27 September 2018

Following the press and television news in the US might lead one to believe that a kind of madness has seized hold of the American media, along with sections of the affluent petty-bourgeoisie.

Democrats push second round of sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh

By Eric London, 25 September 2018

The Democrats’ campaign against Kavanaugh aims to bolster their election campaign, silence left-wing criticism of the nominee and eviscerate the presumption of innocence.

The Kavanaugh hearing: Sexual allegations fuel the Democratic Party’s right-wing politics

By Eric London, 22 September 2018

The Democratic Party’s elevation of Ford’s allegation against Kavanaugh is a political operation aimed at driving the entire political establishment further to the right.

The ouster of New York Review of Books editor Ian Buruma: The #MeToo movement assaults free speech

By David Walsh, 22 September 2018

In an extraordinary act of political censorship, Buruma was forced out this week after he published an article by Jian Ghomeshi, the former Canadian radio broadcaster accused of sexual misconduct in 2014.

Brett Kavanaugh and the role—once again—of sexual misconduct allegations in American politics

By David Walsh, 19 September 2018

The New York Times, Washington Post, leading Democrats and other establishment figures are attempting to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination on the grounds of an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault.

Ronan Farrow’s #MeToo campaign brings down Leslie Moonves at CBS

By Fred Mazelis, 13 September 2018

The ousting of Moonves is part of an ongoing struggle for power and wealth within the media and entertainment industries.

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The US media declares war, once again, on comic Louis C.K.

By David Walsh, 4 September 2018

A significant portion of the American media castigated a villainous figure this past weekend, lamenting the fact he had essentially gone unpunished for his crimes. Was it the late Sen. John McCain?

Alex Salmond resigns from Scottish National Party

By Julie Hyland, 31 August 2018

Salmond led the SNP for more than 20 years and is identified as the key figure in the push for Scotland’s independence from the UK.

Disney stands by firing of James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy

By Tim Avery, 29 August 2018

The Walt Disney company has remained firm in its decision to dismiss director James Gunn over tweets unearthed by right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich.

The “unmaking” of #MeToo’s Asia Argento

By David Walsh, 22 August 2018

The latest episode in the #MeToo drama unfolded earlier this week following the revelation that actress Asia Argento, one of the alleged victims of producer Harvey Weinstein, purportedly paid off a young man who accused her of sexual abuse.

Australian Daily Telegraph lawyers plead “truth defence” in Geoffrey Rush defamation case

By Richard Phillips, 16 August 2018

The Murdoch media empire is prepared to spend vast sums to defeat Rush’s defamation suit.

#MeToo turns deadly

Opera singer Anne Sofie von Otter blames #MeToo witch-hunt for her husband’s suicide

By David Walsh, 3 August 2018

Anne Sofie von Otter, the famed Swedish mezzo-soprano, is speaking out to the press for the first time about the March 2018 suicide of her husband, Benny Fredriksson.