Always has been and always will be."
Ex-movie producer describes the time
he was in Harvey Weinstein's shoes.
We are not condoning Weinstein's
behavior, or that of men like him.
We are just pointing out that
"sexual harassment" is often
a two-way street with women blackmailing and
By Mike Stone
"Mike, I need a new stereo."
"Why don't you go buy one on your day off," I replied.
My co-worker rested her chin in her hand and gazed at me from her desk. She was cute, 24-years-old.
"I want a boom box," she said. "It costs seventy-five dollars."
"Perfect," I said, my eyes on my computer monitor.
"I want you to pay for it."
I stopped what I was doing and turned to look at her.
"I'll trade you sexual favors," she giggled.
Are the women crying, "Me Too" the innocent young waifs they pretend to be, or is there more to the story?
Once upon a time, I produced a film that aired over 700 times on HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime. As part of the casting process, I was sent hundreds of headshots and acting resumes.
Many of those pictures featured scantily-clad young women, aged 18 to 29. The implication was obvious: In exchange for a part, I could enjoy the company of these young ladies. Being a young, single male, the offer was tempting.
Years later, I still remember one picture, in particular, a stunningly beautiful Asian girl in her early 20s from Gardena, Calfornia, dressed and posing provocatively. She had no real acting experience, but somewhere along the line, she had been taught that this was the way to get a part in Hollywood. I wonder where she learned that?
When the movie began preproduction, I experienced a phenomenon that I was completely unprepared for: young women (and some not-so-young women) suddenly made themselves available to me. Everywhere I turned there was a female production assistant or a crew member smiling at me.
At first, I turned to look over my shoulder, thinking they must be smiling at someone else. But no, it was me. After the smiling came flirtatious openings. These were women who two weeks ago would not have given me the time of day. Now they were all sending clear signals that they were interested. I could have slept with any of them.
My respect for women fell off a cliff. And it wasn't just females doing this. We interviewed a famous, pretty-boy television star to play the film's male lead. At the interview, he made a point to sit next to me on a couch, and as we talked, he reached over twice. The first time he squeezed my arm; the second time my leg.
This wasn't a natural reaction on his part, like the way some people talk with their hands, or how an animated person will reach over and touch your arm while they're talking. It was a pre-planned, deliberate move on his part; a form of male flirtation. (If you've ever met an A-list movie or television actor and wondered why they seemed so effeminate, it's because they are all experts in male flirtation.)
At the time, I didn't think this particular actor was homo (a female acquaintance told me that her 17-year-old girlfriend met this same actor at a mall and immediately went home with him to have sex), but he must have thought I was, and this was his way of communicating to me that he might be for sale if I played my cards right. He didn't get the part.
Melissa Joan Hart once gave a revealing interview in the August 1, 1999 edition of Movieline magazine. She said that after she read the original script for the movie version of The Mod Squad, her immediate reaction was, "Who do I have to blow to get this?" I laughed out loud when I read that, because I knew that she was only half-joking. She knew it too. And so did every other actor who has ever tried to land a part in movies, television, or the theater.
What's more, Melissa wasn't a neophyte out to land her first part. She was an established actress with name value from her years of starring as the lead in the television series Sabrina: the Teenage Witch. If she was forced to trade sexual favors to land a plum role in a studio film, you can imagine what it's like for newcomers and outsiders. (In the same year that her Movieline interview came out, Melissa posed topless, save for a thin sheet, on the cover of Maxim magazine. Was that her way of tipping the industry that she might be willing to give a little in order to get a little?)
So many actors and actresses who move to Los Angeles or New York to pursue their dreams give up in disgust. It's not about talent - I've been in acting classes with unknown actors who had more talent in their little finger than most movie stars have in their entire bodies - it's about their willingness (or unwillingness) to prostitute themselves. Trading sex for career advancement is business as usual in Tinseltown. Always has been and always will be.
I wonder if there's a single household-name actress that didn't trade sex for career advancement at some point in her career. Which brings us to the most prominent accusers in the Hollywood Me Too movement. First and foremost is Rose McGowan, as it was her claim of being raped by Harvey Weinstein that really blew the lid off the whole scandal.
McGowan was born in Italy, where her father ran a chapter of "Children of God," a sick cult that promotes incest with children. (The same cult that River Phoenix's family belonged to.) McGowan's parents divorced when she was young. As a young teen, she was emancipated from her parents. McGowan was (and still is) a beauty. I have no doubt that she was molested as a child, as well as a teenager. The alleged Weinstein incident occurred in 1997 after McGowan accompanied him to a hotel room. Afterward, McGowan apparently accepted $100,000 in a hush money settlement, but then broke her contract years later by spilling the beans.
From 1998 to 2001, McGowan dated and was engaged to Marilyn Manson, an admitted Satanist who tore Bibles apart on stage, and who said, "Hopefully, I'll be remembered as the person who brought an end to Christianity."
During this same period, McGowan showed up at the MTV VMA awards literally naked, and from 2001 to 2006, she starred as a witch on the television show Charmed. In 2011, she had no qualms about working with director Victor Salva, a convicted child molester, who McGowan went on to praise. It's possible that McGowan is now coming clean and attempting to make up for the sins of her past.
If she is in a state of repentance and ready to embrace the true Catholic faith, I would support her completely, but I don't think that's the case here. To her credit, she did come to the defense of an elderly white man who was attacked on Venice Beach by a black assailant playing the Knock-Out game a couple of years ago.
ASIA ARGENTA & ASHLEY JUDD
Another prominent accuser is Asia Argenta whose father, Dario Argenta, is known for making horror and slasher films. She later admitted that she had consensual sex with Weinstein on multiple occasions for five years after he allegedly "raped" her. She also accepted money from Weinstein to pay for a nanny for her first child.
Self-described "nasty woman" Ashley Judd is another accuser. She told the New York Times that when Weinstein attempted to seduce her twenty years ago, she told him that if he wanted to touch her, she'd have to win an Oscar for one of his films first. Talk about selling your soul.
And then she made two movies with him. Here she is holding hands with the man who allegedly raped her. In a book she wrote, Judd said she was repeatedly molested as a child. She broke into the movie business through her family connections, most notably her mother Naomi Judd, who might have been one of the Illuminati-controlled country and western musical stars that Cathy O'Brien wrote about in her book Transformation of America.
Interestingly, Harvey Weinstein offered to buy the movie rights to O'Brien's book while Bill Clinton was still in office. So what's really going on here? We have witches, and actresses who have played witches, and "nasty women", and who knows who else, all coming out of the closet and claiming that they've been groped, molested and "raped" by influential men.
Are any of these accusations really true? Or are all of these accusers merely experiencing regret, years after the fact, that they once traded sexual favors for career advancement?
If they were really raped why didn't they go to the police when it actually happened? Why didn't they scream and fight back? Where's Weinstein's black eye? (Seems like everyone else in Hollywood has one.)
Perhaps the whole Me Too movement can be summed up by the words spoken to me by a cute, 25-year-old black girl I once worked with who calmly looked me in the eye and said, "You do me a favor and I'll do you a favor."
Mike Stone is the author of It's Okay To Be White and A New America, the first novel of the Alt-Right, a dark comedy set on Election Day 2016 in Los Angeles - - Available exclusively on Amazon.