Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Exclusive: New Yorker’s Ken Auletta Writing Expose of Harvey Weinstein, Tried to Nail Him in 2002


The New Yorker’s highly regarded journalist Ken Auletta tried to nail movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in 2002. His article, “Beauty and the Beast,” was a valiant attempt to take Weinstein down before Miramax was clamped down by Disney and the Weinstein brothers started their own company.

Auletta, alas, was met with obstacles thrown by lawyers and publicists the closer he got to his target. He didn’t get everything in. Still, the article was pretty brutal, and full of juicy moments.

Now, Auletta is back. He’s writing his masterpiece, an expose of Weinstein that will most certainly circle back to “Beauty and the Beast” and then attempt to push forward through the revelations of the last 18 months. His publisher is Penguin Random House.

Auletta is in the early stages, interviewing as many people as he can who knew Weinstein or who interacted with him. It remains to be seen who and how many are willing to talk, on or off the record. But the writer is motivated certainly. That 2002 incident no doubt left him hungry to finish his story.

Weinstein, continues to fight for his life in the New York courts, where he faces a possible trial on five counts of sexual misconduct including rape. One count has been dismissed, and the 0thers remain unclear as to their strength.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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