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As more and more accusations roll in about famous and powerful men doing unspeakable things and getting away with it, more terrible apologies come in at the same time.

The non-apologies of abusive men frequently divert blame away from themselves and use language to distance themselves from facing the consequences.

So many of them deny the incidents which they are accused of due to a lack of memory, but how would they remember those moments which are so normalised to them, yet so horrendous for their victims?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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First up: it’s resident gross misogynistic and inherently mediocre comedian Louis CK.

Louis C.K.’s memorably controversial apology definitely concealed the truth, gaining flack for using words like “regret” and “remorse” instead of a straight-up “I’m sorry.”

He fesses up to his behaviour, most likely because of the overwhelming amount of evidence and accusations of harassment going back years, but doesn’t say he is sorry. It’s certainly an deflective rhetoric, which points out the seeming reverence which women apparently had for him.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Donald Trump

The Access Hollywood footage of him bragging about “grabbing women by the pussy” was widely circulated and showed the entire world his ruthless perpetuation of rape culture.

He has never apologised for his behaviour, even deflecting to Bill Clinton: “Bill Clinton has actually abused women, and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimated his victims," he said.

Kevin Spacey

In one of the worst apologies known to mankind, Spacey totally deflected his part in sexually assaulting Anthony Rapp when he was only 14 by coming out, essentially implying that he was a predator because of his homosexuality. Needless to say, it offended a lot of people.

Rapp said Spacey picked him up, put him on his bed and "was trying to get with me sexually" in 1986, when Spacey was 26.

“I honestly do not remember the encounter,” in other words, and possibly more disturbingly, his abuse of power never dawned on him as memorable because it never dawned on him as abusive.

James Franco

James Franco offered a statement after five women from his acting class accused him of demeaning and exploitative behaviour, which was about as respectful as R. Kelly lyrics. Busy Phillips has recently claimed that he was a bully on the set of Freaks and Geeks in her new memoir

Franco responded by telling Stephen Colbert on the Late Late Show:

“Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate. But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice, because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to shut them down in any way”

He is desperately trying to portray his support for a movement which should be taking him down. The entire statement reeks of narcissism, Franco solely recalls his own choices, words, and tone as HE remembers it.

Harvey Weinstein.

The movie mogul whose sexual and physical predations started the campaign and led to his arrest, issued an apology quoting a fabricated Jay-Z lyric:

"Jay Z wrote in 4:44 “I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children.” The same is true for me.."

His contrition partially hinges on how he phrases his remorse, but this man clearly couldn’t care less about how he treats women or his family. Let his terrible apology rot alongside him in jail, if he even gets a sentence longer than a month.

Remember: these are only the apologies of men who have been caught. Some men who have been caught or accused have never apologised, nor have they felt the true consequences of their actions. 

Choices, words and tone sound entirely different to women who live their lives in a culture that still canonizes men as the ultimate figures of intrinsic authority. Our culture regularly denies women agency over their own bodies even as it exploits and commodifies them simultaneously.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Boys will be boys” as they say.

To which we respond: “Boys will be held accountable for their actions.”

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Harvey Weinstein will stand trial for sexual assault on May 6th of 2019. 

The date has been set just two weeks after Weinstein's attempt to have the case dismissed was rejected by the judge overseeing the case. 

'We intend to vigorously defend this case to the best of our ability,' Weinstein lawyer Ben Brafman told Vulture.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'We remain confident despite the court’s ruling today, that ultimately at a trial of this case Mr. Weinstein will be completely exonerated.'

Weinstein faces five charges involving alleged sexual assaults on two women. The case originally included allegations made by three women, however one charge was dismissed.

The Hollywood heavyweight has been accused of alleged sexual,misconduct of upwards of 50 women, following the #MeToo Movement. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rose McGowan was one of the first to speak out against the director, after she claims he raped her when she was 23 

Emmy-nominated former Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra also claims that she was raped by Weinstein. 

'I was so ashamed of what happened,' she told the New Yorker. 'And I fought. I fought. But still I was like, Why did I open that door?'

While a date has been set, trials are often postponed, so while the intent is to hear the trial on May 6th, it may not go ahead as planned. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein,' Weinstein's spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said in a statement last year. 

'Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.'

'Mr Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr Weinstein has begun counselling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path.'

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The R&B and soul singer was one of few celebrities to appear in the Surviving R Kelly documentary, with stars such as Jay Z, Mary J Blige and Lady Gaga declining to appear.

While John Legend was applauded for speaking out against notorious sex predator Kelly in the Lifetime docu-series, which recounts the multiple abuse claims the musician has faced over the last three decades.

While appearing in the documentary was of monumental importance, Legend has now landed himself in hot water.

Fans were surprised to see a resurfaced photo of the 40-year-old and his wife happily posing for a photo with Harvey at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, only a few months before the #MeToo movement took off.

The infamous 66-year-old movie mogul at the heart of the #MeToo movement is currently awaiting trial in New York on a number of related sexual assault and rape charges.

The All Of Me singer was forced to defend himself, writing a response to his Twitter followers;

"I took a photo with and worked with Harvey on several occasions before his abuse was known to me and the rest of the world."

"Since his being exposed, his company and career have rightfully been destroyed and he's been indicted. Sounds like something that should happen to R. Kelly."

 He continued in a follow-up tweet, saying "If y'all wanna cape for R and discount all these women's stories, just say it. Don't bring up some old pics of me and somebody else."

That being said, allegedly Harvey Weinstein's abuse was widely known throughout the entire entertainment industry for decades, so we find it difficult to believe that he had no clue what the movie producer was capable of.

What's your stance, do you think the image is important, or should the focus be on listening to the voices of R Kelly's victims and speaking out against enablers? 

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Call the Midwife actress Jenny Agutter has sparked MAJOR controversy for her interview with the Radio Times, where she made some highly polarising comments about the #MeToo movement.

She said she can't "fully understand" why actresses who are allegedly victims of the #MeToo movement would meet with male industry figures alone.

The British actress said;

“In the States, there were occasions when you might be asked to go to a private screening or someone’s place and you just didn’t do it – unless you found the person very attractive, in which case you did do it.”

The BBC actress continued; “But if they’re not really attractive, there’s nothing to be gained from it, because it’s obvious what you’re indicating by going.”

“It’s terrible that anyone would use their power in that way. That’s wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong – no question about it," she added, which was a bit of a paradox if you ask us.

The fact that you can't meet with a male figure alone is problematic enough, whether you want to sleep with them or not.

The power planes are also massively different if you have the ability to become the woman's boss, such as a production or directorial role.

“What is sad is to be in a situation where you have to negotiate it: you shouldn’t have to do that. I was very lucky never to have to.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Agutter moved to Hollywood decades ago to pursue her career, and explained that her relationship with a producer at the time allowed her to be "a little bit protected,"

“No one was going to hit on me, with him there! It was a bit like having the Mafia around you,” she said, adding that if she had ended up in such a complex position, she would be “back out of the door rather fast”. 

She finished: “Because there isn’t any part that’s worth that – and I think there’s an arrogance in me a little bit as well, which is, ‘If you’re not casting me because I’m right for the part, then why are we in this situation?’”

Her comments seemed to divide the public, with some parties agreeing with her and others claiming that you shouldn't need protection from a man to navigate a job industry. 

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A woman recently claimed that Harvey Weinstein bragged about having sex with Jennifer Lawrence.

Choosing to remain anonymous, the woman filed a lawsuit against the Hollywood producer, claiming he sexually assaulted and harassed her in 2013.

The victim said Weinstein masturbated in front of her after ‘accidentally’ barging in on her in the bathroom.

Later that year, Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on the woman after a business dinner meeting.

After the incident occurred, the accused director is said to have used his prominent role in Hollywood to condone his abuse.

The woman reported Weinstein saying: “Do you even want to be an actress? I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar.”

Upon hearing the newest allegations, Lawrence issued a statement to TMZ.

“My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein,” the actress said.

“I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him.

“This is yet another example of the predatory tactics and lies that he engaged in to lure countless women.”

When the Weinstein scandal broke last year, The Hunger Games star was shocked.

“I didn’t know that he was a rapist. And it’s so widespread, the abuse, from so many different people — it’s directors, it’s producers — that I think everybody needed to [process it], “ she told The Hollywood Reporter at the time.

“He was paternal to me. So I needed a moment to process everything because I thought I knew this guy, and then he’s being accused of rape.”

The recent lawsuit is just one of many that have come up against the prominent producer.

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Tasmanian comedienne Hannah Gadsby has called out "good men" during her acceptance speech at the The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment Gala.

She voiced her opposition to the way in which certain men discuss their 'bad' male counterparts, and essentially still have the power over women.

"All men believe they are good", she stated, explaining the unbalanced narrative surrounding misogynistic behaviour.

She elaborated on the issue of good men speaking on behalf of all women, therefore having the power to draw boundaries;

“I want to speak about the very big problem I have with the good men, especially the good men who take it upon themselves to talk about the bad men,” she said.

“I find good men talking about bad men incredibly irritating, and this is something the good men are doing a lot of at the moment.”

A line which especially caught the media's attention was regarding the "Jimmy's and the David's and the other Jimmy's" of the world.

Her references to infamous talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, are in relation to their previous comments surrounding the #MeToo era.

Gadsby believes the duo can only regard bad men in two ways: either as extreme perpetrators of sexual violence such as Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, or as friends who have taken a misstep but are well-meaning, such as Aziz Ansari.

“We need to talk about how men will draw a different line for a different occasion,” she said.

“They have a line for the locker room; a line for when their wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters are watching; another line for when they’re drunk and fratting; another line for nondisclosure; a line for friends; and a line for foes.

“You know why we need to talk about this line between good men and bad men? Because it’s only good men who get to draw that line.

“And guess what? All men believe they are good.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The comedienne's candour has been applauded by numerous people, who appreciate her honesty in the face of such a difficult audience.

Her Netflix stand-up show Nanette was released earlier in the year to widespread critical acclaim, and faced tough issues such as rape, sexual assault and homophobia.

We have SO much respect for this badass lady, what a woman.

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The Me Too movement broke the lid off a well concealed culture of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood. 

It came after allegations made against the famed producer, Harvey Weinstein, which sent shock waves through the entertainment industry, prompting men and women all over the world to come forward and tell their stories. 

As the conversation around sexual abuse and harassment remains opened up, actress Alyssa Milano has created a platform for victims to come forward in a show of solidarity. 

 

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Members of the Hollywood elite got behind the message, but one controversial figure has said that she feels the movement makes women look 'weak.'

Former Hollywood superstar Lindsay Lohan was asked by The Times about the movement, and the 32-year-old actress revealed that she doesn't condone 'attention-seekers.'

When asked about her own negative experiences, she claimed she didn't 'really have anything to say.'

'I can’t speak on something I don’t live, right?' she said. 'Look, I am very supportive of women. Everyone goes through their own experiences in their own ways.'

 

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Speaking on her opinion of sexual assault reporting, she said: 'If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment.'

'You make it a real thing by making it a police report,' she said.

'I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women.'

Lindsay previously defended Weinstein in a series of Instagram story videos. 

'I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now, I don't think it's right what's going on,' Lindsay said in the video. 

The video included Harvey's name typed in pink font beside an angel emoji. 

'I think Georgina needs to take a stand and be there for her husband,' she said, referring to Harvey's wife who announced yesterday that she was leaving the producer. 

'He's never harmed me or did anything to me—we've done several movies together,' she continued. 

'I think everyone needs to stop—I think it's wrong. So stand up.'

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Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sexual act charges at a court hearing in New York today. 

The disgraced producer appeared at the Supreme Court less than two weeks after he was indicted by a grand jury. 

According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the charges stem from allegations from two women – though up to 70 have made accusations against him. 

Speaking about the charges, Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman said:  “We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges.

“We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence and we believe that by the end of the process, Mr Weinstein will be exonerated.”

The 66-year-old is currently out on one million dollar bail and has must wear an electronic tracking device at all times. 

He has also surrendered his passport and can only move between the states of New York and Connecticut. 

Weinstein could face up to 25 years in prison if he’s convicted of either offence. 

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If there's one feeling that's overwhelmed me for the past seven-or-odd months since the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations brought legions of powerful men tumbling down, it's exhaustion.

I've found myself tired not because I'm sad about celebrated male heroes crumbling; there are plenty of wonderful women ready to stand in their place. No, it is exhausting because, as singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer puts it so well, it's 'so ridiculously awful'.

However, her song 'Mr Weinstein Will See You Now' gave me a new feeling. It's hard to capture, but something about the swelling storm of strings and her voice mixing with that of Welsh artist Jasmine Power sparked a sense of catharsis within me. 

Palmer and Power tackle the subject of sexual assault head-on, opting for a brutally frank title rather than the working name 'The Hotel Room'. The 42-year-old artist contacted Rose McGowan, who accused Weinstein of rape, and the actress gave them her blessing to call the track 'Mr Weinstein Will See You Now'.

Speaking with Palmer, I asked her if she planned on getting in touch with any of the other women who have spoken out against Weinstein.

"I would love to connect with some of those women and to share the song with them. I don't know any of them apart from Rose," she said.

While the musician would like to reach out to those affected, she is also cautious about doing so over social media as 'It can start looking like really crass self-promotion doing stuff like that'.

Palmer was sensitive of the fact that this isn't necessarily her narrative when she and Power sat down to write the song, but it is also frustratingly an experience all-too universal for women.

"It's a really empowering moment to be a female artist right now, especially when it feels like I managed to capture something and put words and music to something that's really hard to put words and music to. Like, writing about this stuff is so weird," she explained.

"Cause it's not my exact story, but at the same time it's kind of all of our stories. So trying to figure out how to not usurp somebody else's truth while also saying something really real and important is a tricky tightrope to walk, but I feel like we managed to do it with the song."

She and Power crafted the song when the sexual harassment and abuse allegations were 'just hitting fever pitch' in the media, so it feels fitting that the single was released this week, when Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape and sexual misconduct.

 

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It's been a long seven months since his accusers were first given a platform in October 2017 (and not to mention longer for the women who have lived with such trauma for years), and I asked Palmer how she dealt with the exhaustion of it all, of reckoning with rape culture in the headlines day in and day out.

When she spoke I honestly couldn't ever imagine her being exhausted a day in her life; every time she says 'fucking' the word punches the air like a boxer delivering a knockout right hook.

"I think it is exhausting, but it's also… it's critical. It's exhausting because it's so ridiculously awful. It's exhausting because it is happening everywhere to women all the time. It's exhausting because it actually is exhausting to be a woman in this culture constantly dealing with a system that's stacked against us," she told me. "So the fact that it's exhausting to deal with isn't surprising.

"Racism is also really exhausting because it's fucking everywhere and it's inescapable. But part of what we have to deal with is the exhaustion of how gigantic the mountain looks as we stand at the bottom trying to climb it. It's just part and parcel of tackling some gigantic thousands of years old systemic shitty system."  

And as far as reckoning with the beast that is sexism and racism and every other -ism that keeps us down, the cabaret musician says that we need an array of approaches.

 

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"It's important that we have different tools and ways of dealing with and approaching and discussing and coping with this stuff. You know, we can't all just be hanging out on Facebook chatting about feminism. That's important sometimes, but it's not going to fix the problem. Political action is also important but it's not the only way to address this," she says.

"Making art about it is really important but it's also not the only thing that's going to fix it. What's going to fix it is an all-hands-on-deck, every possible tool, every possible angle, relentless approach… and also the self-care and the self-knowledge to know that it's not your fucking job to spend all day fighting the patriarchy. It's going to be there when you get back."

Palmer, who is also one-half of the Dresden Dolls, says that we have to 'be a human being about it' and stay in touch with our humanity and sense of humour, 'otherwise you can get lost in the struggle'.

One of those ways of coping, art, has been made much securer for Palmer now that she relies on crowdfunding for her music. Her fans can pledge to her on Patreon so that 'I can make whatever art I want and not worry about whether or not I can sell it to somebody'.

The singer describes herself as 'a complete pariah' in the music business because of her slightly unorthodox approach.

"There's a part of me that really likes that, because in my teenage way I can thumb my nose at everyone and go 'Na na na na, I don't have to play by your rules'," the artist says.

 

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She acknowledges, though, that she may miss out on some opportunities that more conventional artists enjoy.

"Every artist, you know, every indie artist, has to cope with the paradox of wanting to maintain control and maintain their composure and maintain their integrity while still getting your shit out there so people can find out about you," she shared.

"And it's… it's weird. I like what I've created. You know, I've created a real family and a community of people who are tuned into my writing and my process and my channel."

The crowdfunding platform has opened up her ability to collaborate with artists like Power, since she knows that no matter what they'll be getting a paycheck.

"Because I have an automatic budget to work with these people and it's a risk-free endeavour to sit down in the room with any songwriter and say, 'You know, the worst thing that's going to happen is we're going to get paid to write a bad song. It'll be embarrassing, but we won't not get paid'. It's pretty wonderful," she says.

As well, knowing she already made her profit enabled her to donate digital proceeds from the song to Times Up.

Her social concern extends beyond the #MeToo movement, to include, of course, the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. I interviewed the singer before the overwhelming Repeal vote, and her support for the Yes side was evident.

She said that the number of women internationally who have been sharing their stories 'really lit a fire under my own ass'.

"I have been much more frank in my songwriting, I've been much more frank at my shows about the abortions that I've had, multiple abortions that I've had, the fact that I've had a miscarriage. I've been talking about this stuff on stage, in part inspired by the other women who are egging me on and inspiring me to say 'Fuck it. I don't have anything to lose by telling the truth and we have everything to gain'," Palmer said.

She added, "I just have really strong feelings about choice and I think women have to have it. It's such a key component in unlocking the shackles of the patriarchy."

Amanda Palmer is playing at the National Concert Hall tomorrow night, and you can be sure that she 'will not be able to shut up' about Repeal.

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Gardaí in Dublin have launched an investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving disgraced producer, Harvey Weinstein.

According to reports, police in the UK have forwarded a case file to Irish detectives in relation to the alleged incident.

The complaint, which was reportedly made by Irish film producer Laura Madden, was first made in the UK last year.

Details of the assault were sent to Gardaí late last year, though investigators have refused to comment on Irish-UK police communications.

Madden, who previously worked for Weinstein’s Miramax Hollywood movie company. was one of the first women to speak out against Harvey Weinstein, telling The New York Times how he would ask her for massages when they stayed in hotels in Dublin and London in the 90s.

"It was so manipulative," she told the paper.

"You constantly question yourself – am I the one who is the problem?"

Criminal investigations continue on both sides of the Atlantic following a series of sexual assault allegations made against the former Hollywood big shot. 

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Harvey Weinstein is said to be considering legal action after Uma Thurman claimed he attacked her in a London hotel room 25 years ago. 

Speaking to The New York Times, the actress claimed the disgraced producer assaulted her following the release of the Weinstein-funded Pulp Fiction, and recalled another incident in which he threatened to ruin her career. 

He denies any wrongdoing and says he is "stunned and saddened" by the allegations.

Uma told the paper how Weinstein tried to shove himself on top of her and attempted to expose himself. 

“He did all kinds of unpleasant things,” she said. “But he didn’t actually put his back into it and force me. You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard."

“I was doing anything I could to get the train back on the track. My track. Not his track.”

She went on to say how she told Pulp Fiction director, Quentin Tarantino, about the alleged incident and he confronted the producer at Cannes Film Festival in 2001. 

Hours later, Weinstein apologised, though Uma was not convinced. 

“I just walked away stunned, like ‘ok, well there’s my half-assed apology’.”

A spokesperson for Weinstein says he "misread" Uma's signals. 

“Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making a pass at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals in Paris. He immediately apologised.”

Criminal investigations are underway on both sides of the Atlantic following a number of sexual assault allegations against the former Hollywood big shot. 

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The Brave actress Anne Heche is the latest Hollywood star to come forward with allegations of sexual assault against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein. 

Heche said that the producer exposed himself to her without her consent. 

The actress told the podcast Allegedly that she had been working on a job from Miramax, Weinstein's company, and after rebuffing Weinstein's unwanted advances, she was fired.  

'I personally did not suck Harvey’s dick, although he showed it to me and I got out of the room before there was any physical contact,” Heche said.

 

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'The fact is, I was fired from a job that I had been hired for in Miramax.' 

The 48-year-old is one of 100 actresses and models who have alleged that Weinstein acted inappropriately towards them or assaulted them. 

She did not reveal what movie she was fired from.

 

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'The repercussions of standing up for yourself were as deep and targeted as some of the scars of the women who actually got more physically, unfortunately, involved,' she continued. 

'The efforts he made to have people followed, to have spies, to have threats, he fired people.'

'You’re talking about girls, young actresses are very vulnerable… You were threatened the second you walk out the door.' 

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