Harvey Weinstein is out on his $1 million (P52.5 million) bail after surrendering to police Friday at his home in Manhattan. Weinstein turned himself in after reports suggested police had enough evidence to arrest him on felony charges of rape and criminal sex acts against two women.
According to reports from Page Six, Weinstein wasn't just twiddling his thumbs and counting the ceiling tiles while awaiting his arrest. Sources told Page Six Weinstein has been planning a documentary about possibly the only subject he could make a film about ever again: Himself.
The sources say Weinstein was reaching out to industry sources (which, WHO, at this point?) about a documentary that "he could control," that'd he make "when this is over." A rep from the Weinstein camp reportedly told Page Six the rumors aren't true and that "he isn't interested in a documentary about his experience." Similar rumors arose in March 2018, but a rep denied them then, too.
This isn't the first news that one of the men washed up in the swell of the Me Too movement. Earlier this year, Tina Brown told Page Six that Charlie Rose—who was accused of sexual misconduct—was shopping around a TV series in which he would interview other men accused of sexual misconduct. Or, in other words, a TV show that turns a profit out of Rose's own alleged mistreatment of women.
Keeping in mind Weinstein's reps denied the news he was trying to pitch a documentary about himself, the rumors do align nicely with some extremely interesting books Weinstein was seen carrying at his very public arrest. One of the books was a biography of Elia Kazan. What you need to know about Kazan is that he was blacklisted in the '50s after it was revealed he was a member of the American Communist Party during the Great Depression.
The similarities between Weinstein and Kazan are both chilling and telling. Like Weinstein, Kazan was a successful director. Also like Weinstein, Kazan was blacklisted among his industry after public and damning accusations. It's worth noting that the biography Weinstein was reading paints Kazan in a glowing, defensive light, and, according to the author's intro, "helps the reader move beyond Kazan's most infamous moment to appreciate the larger American story in which he played such a pivotal role."
There will almost certainly be books and documentaries about the #MeToo movement. They're probably already being written now! Some will be good records of a watershed moment in history. And others will be utter trash that urge the viewer to "move beyond" the most infamous moments in these men's lives. Can you guess which bucket the rumored Weinstein documentary would fall into? I can!
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.