Tim Baysinger, TheWrap, June 26, 2018


A New York-based crisis consulting firm says that the fall of Harvey Weinstein has inspired an 11-fold increase in accusations of sexual misconduct against high-profile people.

Per a database compiled by Temin and Co., since the Oct. 5, 2017 New York Times story detailing decades of misconduct by Weinstein, and an equally devastating New Yorker report just days later, 379 high-profile people have been accused, a staggering increase from the two years prior.

Temin and Co. looked into accusations starting from December 2015, when charges were brought against Bill Cosby for a 2004 sexual attack on former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand. The firm’s president and CEO Davia Temin told TheWrap that just 38 high-profile people were accused of sexual misconduct or other similar misdeeds from Dec. 2015 until the Weinstein accusations became public.

But after Weinstein came the #MeToo movement, and a wave of women coming forward to report abuse. “We can see it was not the Cosby issue,” Temin said. “It was absolutely Weinstein.” […read more]