Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey broke the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault story on Oct. 5, 2017, causing the #MeToo movement to surge. The investigative duo published “She Said,” a timeline chronicle of their investigative reporting into the Weinstein harassment story. What they uncovered fueled a mass movement and the trial of Weinstein, which is considered the most high-profile trial of the #MeToo movement.
Kantor and Twohey sandwich the Weinstein story between two events that bolstered the rapidly spreading #MeToo movement. The first was the release of the infamous tape in which Donald Trump brags about his abusive modes of seduction, from which“Grab ‘em by the pussy” originated. The second in which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate, accusing the then Supreme Court nominee, and now supreme court justice, Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, followed the release of the Weinstein story by a year.
As part of their investigative reporting, Kantor and Twohey focus less on Weinstein’s misdeeds and crimes and more on the system that for so long enabled him and masked his crimes from the public.
They describe the system in place as “muting sexual harassment claims, which often enabled the harassers instead of stopping them.” Throughout the book, it is evident that settlements and non-disclosure agreements prevented victims and sources from coming forward and sharing their stories. His system effectively silenced any of his victims that had signed agreements.
While writing their book in May of 2019, Weinstein was awaiting a criminal trial “for alleged rape and other sexual abuse and faced a volley of civil suits, in which actresses, former employees, and others were seeking to hold him financially accountable.” Nearly a year later, on Feb. 24, Weinstein was found guilty of a criminal sex act in the first degree and rape in the third degree by a New York jury. On his way to Rikers Island jail to await sentencing on March 11, he was taken to a hospital for high blood pressure, he currently remains there. Weinstein awaits trial for his Los Angeles charges and continues to deny all allegations.