Weinstein’s in the dock, but so is the MeToo mob

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Weinstein’s in the dock, but so is the MeToo mob

The movement has become less of a quest for justice than an abstract concept – at the expense of the truth

Celia Walden

As Harvey Weinstein headed into court on Monday to face charges of raping one woman and performing a forcible sex act on another, The New York Times billed the case “Larger Than One Man”.

And if it’s too soon to call this the trial of the decade, there’s no doubt that this is larger not just than one man, but the 80-plus women who over the past two years have accused the Hollywood producer of everything from sexual harassment to assault. Larger, even, than what actually happened in those hotel rooms. After all, this is the case that sparked a revolution, exposing the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace and – we hoped – deterring prominent and powerful men from committing similarly heinous acts.

And for many, the prosecution will straightforwardly be on the side of the angels. But we’re about to discover the downside of this and every cause célèbre. Because over the next few days, weeks and months, it won’t just be Weinstein on trial, but the MeToo movement...

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