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Scandal (TV series)

2012 American political thriller television series

For the South Korean TV series, see The Scandal (TV series). For the South African soap opera, see Scandal! (TV series).

Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it aired on ABC from April 5, 2012, until April 19, 2018, for 124 episodes over seven seasons.[1] Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H.W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith, who serves as a co-executive producer.[2]

The show takes place in Washington, D.C. and focuses on Olivia Pope's crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates (OPA), and its staff, as well as staff at the White House and surrounding political scene. In addition to Kerry Washington, the show features Tony Goldwyn as Fitzgerald Grant III, the President of the United States—later a former President—and Olivia's main love interest; Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, an assistant at OPA (later renamed Quinn Perkins & Associates or QPA), and also the former White House Press Secretary and Chief of Staff; Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, former assistant at OPA and later head of QPA; Guillermo Diaz as Huck, a former agent of a spy agency called B613 and assistant at QPA; Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, the former White House Chief of Staff under Grant and later Vice President of the United States under Mellie Grant; Joshua Malina as David Rosen, the Attorney General; Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, the ex–First Lady, a former senator, and later the President of the United States after Grant; Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, the Director of the NSA and Olivia's secondary love interest; Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker, a civil rights activist, who used to be an OPA assistant and White House Press Secretary; Joe Morton as Eli "Rowan" Pope, Olivia's father and the former head of B613; and George Newbern as Charlie, a former B613 agent who later becomes a member of QPA.

The show was named a Television Program of the Year by the American Film Institute, received the Peabody Award for Excellence in Television and was honored as Outstanding Drama Series at the Image Awards. Washington has won the Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series and has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series.

Series overview[edit]

See also: List of Scandal episodes

Season 1[edit]

Main article: Scandal (season 1)

The first season of Scandal introduced Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and the various members at her firm. In addition, it introduced the President of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant III (Tony Goldwyn) and his chief of staff Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry). The season focuses on the lives of the team members, the relationship between Olivia and the President (her former employer), and the mystery surrounding Amanda Tanner's (Liza Weil) involvement with the White House, among other cases the team had solved.

Season 2[edit]

Main article: Scandal (season 2)

An assassination attempt is made on Fitz's life, which almost kills him. As a result, Sally Langston (Kate Burton) takes over as President, much to Cyrus' dismay. After surviving, Fitz decides to get a divorce, which Mellie (Bellamy Young) tries to avoid by somehow convincing her OB/GYN to induce her labor four weeks early. Huck (Guillermo Díaz) is arrested for the attempted assassination after being framed by his girlfriend Becky (Susan Pourfar). After David (Joshua Malina) helps Huck go free, Huck, Olivia and her team trick Becky to show up at the hospital where she is arrested. Fitz finds out that Verna (Debra Mooney) was behind the assassination and kills her. At the funeral, he reveals to Olivia that he does not want a divorce as he is devastated after learning about the rigging from Verna.

The second arc focuses on finding the mole who is leaking classified information from the White House. Olivia and the team investigate the case after figuring out that the CIA Director's suicide was actually a murder. Olivia gets to know Captain Jake Ballard (Scott Foley), who works with the leader of B613, Rowan (Joe Morton), who orders Jake to get close to Olivia. At the end of the season, Mellie gives Fitz an ultimatum: either he becomes loyal to her, or she goes on national television and reveals Fitz's affair with Olivia. Fitz chooses Olivia, which makes Mellie reveal the affair. Fitz announces his re-election campaign. As Olivia and the team continue to investigate who the mole is, Huck manages to capture Charlie (George Newbern), who reveals the mole's identity: Billy Chambers (Matt Letscher). They figure out that Billy is working with David, who steals the Cytron card, but frames Billy and gives Cyrus the card in exchange for being reinstated as US Attorney. At the end, Olivia's name is leaked to the press as being Fitz's mistress, and it is revealed that Rowan is Olivia's father.

Season 3[edit]

Main article: Scandal (season 3)

After Olivia's name is leaked to the press as Fitz's mistress, Olivia Pope & Associates faces financial troubles when all their clients fire them. The firm accepts "new" clients in order to pay the bills. Rowan becomes more involved with Olivia's life, which begins to affect her, and leads Huck and Jake to investigate B613. They discover during a military action code named "Operation Remington", Fitz shot down a civilian aircraft over Iceland and Olivia's mother was one of over 300 casualties. Determined to find out the truth about Operation Remington, the firm investigates Rowan and learns that a passenger was removed from the flight by a Federal Marshal just prior to take off. Quinn (Katie Lowes) starts to hang out with Charlie, who sets her up to kill a security guard who was an eye-witness to the Federal Marshal's removal of the passenger. As a result of Quinn's inadvertent murder, Huck tortures her and she leaves the firm.

Meanwhile, Fitz faces problems when Congresswoman Josephine "Josie" Marcus (Lisa Kudrow) is in the running to win the Democratic Party primary against Senator Samuel Reston (Tom Amandes) and become the first female president of the United States. Cyrus tries his best to find dirt on Marcus in order to ruin her campaign, but fails. After Olivia finds out that Fitz shot down the plane which killed her mother, she declines the offer of being the campaign manager for Fitz's re-election and becomes the manager for Josephine Marcus'. After an incident with Marcus' sister, Josephine backs out of her campaign. The second part of the season focuses more on the re-election campaign as Olivia has taken over as the campaign manager. At the same time, Sally announces that she is running for President by being an Independent. As a result, Fitz chooses the Governor of California, Andrew Nichols (Jon Tenney), as his new Vice Presidential running-mate. Nichols develops a relationship with the First Lady, Mellie. The campaign faces problems when Sally, stricken with guilt over murdering Daniel (Jack Coleman), almost reveals the truth at a debate. Cyrus asks Jake to help protect the secret, which he does by killing James (Dan Bucatinsky) to prevent exposing Cyrus's involvement in the cover up. The president's eldest children, Jerry (Dylan Minnette) and Karen Grant (Madeline Carroll), come to the White House for an interview, but Olivia soon figures out that they aren't pleased with their parents.

Season 4[edit]

Main article: Scandal (season 4)

After the passing of a close friend, Olivia returns to D.C. and is shocked by the state of OPA. The first half of the season focuses on Jake's arrest for the death of Jerry Grant after Rowan forces Tom (Brian Letscher) to name Jake as the operator. Rowan continues to try to make everyone believe Jake is guilty, which inspires Olivia to find out the truth for herself. After forcing Tom to reveal Rowan as his operator, Fitz, Jake, and Olivia make a plan to arrest Rowan. Unfortunately, the plan fails, causing Rowan to shut down B613 and start eliminating B613 agents. Olivia tries to kill Rowan when she confronts him, but he manages to flee. Abby (Darby Stanchfield) is now the White House Press Secretary, and is struggling with gaining the respect of Cyrus and Fitz, because they choose to demean her by calling her "Red" instead of Abby. Later in the season, Abby finds herself stressed even more by the presence of her abusive ex-husband, who has been nominated for Virginia State Senator, and she enlists Leo Bergen (Paul Adelstein) to help ruin his campaign. Quinn has stayed in contact with both Abby and Huck, in addition to trying to find Olivia.

Mellie struggles with the death of her son, Jerry. She finally comes to terms with her loss after finding out that Jerry was murdered due to being deliberately exposed to bacterial meningitis rather than contracting the disease naturally, and she chooses to form an alliance with Elizabeth North (Portia de Rossi). Later, after having an affair with him, Mellie discovers the true nature of Nichols, who threatens to tell the press about their affair. In the season finale, members of a grand jury gathered by David for the B613 case were killed after the initial hearing. OPA and David begin investigating the scene, and realized that Rowan was responsible. He also blackmailed Mellie into giving the names of the members, causing her to feel responsible. Cyrus later finds out the truth, but decides not to tell Fitz. After seeking advice from Maya (Khandi Alexander), Olivia and Jake decides to reveal B613 to the CIA, but it backfires. They later came up with a plan to frame Rowan for embezzlement of the funds at the museum he is working at, having him imprisoned. Later, Fitz finds out the truth about what Mellie and Cyrus had done; he orders them to leave the White House. Elizabeth then takes Cyrus' place as the chief of staff. In the last scene, he reunites with Olivia.

Season 5[edit]

Main article: Scandal (season 5)

Olivia and Fitz now embrace being a couple, going public with their relationship, thus leading to Olivia taking on many more of the First Lady-established roles in the White House. She continues managing Olivia Pope & Associates, which Marcus Walker (Cornelius Smith Jr.) becomes a part of, even using it to spin her image once the world looks down on her due to her new relationship with the President. However, by the midpoint of the season she feels too suffocated in this new life, and so she leaves Fitz, the White House, and secretly has an abortion. Olivia returns to her old life, dealing with the aftermath of her and Fitz's break up, and Rowan gets out of jail and reclaims Jake as his lapdog, while Fitz starts sleeping around and is put in his place by Abby. Meanwhile, Cyrus and Mellie are forced to move on with their lives now that Fitz has kicked them out, Cyrus struggling to figure out what he wishes to do next, and Mellie running for and being elected as a senator, being her next step in making a run for the presidency, which is the main focal point of the second half of the season.

Mellie makes a run for the presidency and takes Olivia on as her campaign manager, having to go against the likes of current Vice President Susan Ross (Artemis Pebdani), Hollis Doyle (Gregg Henry), and Pennsylvania Governor Francisco Vargas (Ricardo Chavira), the latter of which has his campaign managed by Cyrus. David and Elizabeth push for Susan's presidential run, and David begins to fall for her while also entering into a sexual relationship with Liz, ending in heartbreak for two of the three parties involved. Quinn and Charlie begin seeing each other, and Cyrus also has marital problems with Michael (Matthew Del Negro). Jake marries Vanessa Moss (Joelle Carter) as per Rowan's arrangement, and also kills her father, also upon Rowan's request. Olivia brutally murders former Vice President Nichols when he starts to recover from his paralysis and threatens to expose a great number of secrets, Fitz learns of her secret abortion, and the season concludes with Mellie and Frankie named as the respective Republican and Democratic nominees, with Jake and Cyrus selected as their respective VPs.

Season 6[edit]

Main article: Scandal (season 6)

On March 3, 2016, ABC renewed Scandal for a sixth season,[10] which premiered on January 26, 2017. The entire season is about the murder of President-elect Frankie Vargas. It is revealed that his wife, Luna, was behind his murder because she wanted power. The end of season six concludes with Mellie becoming the first female President of the United States. At the end of Fitz's term, he decided to reinstate a B613 and become Command, due to Rowan's manipulation of him. Olivia convinces him not to, because she thinks it will destroy him. Then she has Mellie reserve a percentage of the Pentagon's funds in a blind emergency trust and uses that money to reinstate B613 herself. Olivia becomes Command at the end of the season and considers herself the most powerful person in the world.

Season 7[edit]

Main article: Scandal (season 7)

On February 10, 2017, ABC renewed Scandal for a seventh season;[11] on May 10, 2017, it was announced that this season would be the show's last.[12] On January 3, 2018, a crossover with How to Get Away with Murder was announced,[13] which aired on March 1, 2018, with Viola Davis and Aja Naomi King guest starring.[14]

The final season follows the first year of Mellie's presidency and how she adjusts to being the leader of the free world after everything she's been through previously. Olivia finds herself struggling to balance both sides of being the most powerful person in the world: the white hat life as Mellie's Chief of Staff, and the black hat life of Command of B613, and her dip towards the latter strains her relationships with her friends and family, particularly after she orchestrates the murder of Bashranian President Rashad and his niece and nearly allows Quinn to be killed. Cyrus, now Vice-President after Olivia and Jake forced Luna Vargas to commit suicide at the previous season's end, finds himself on the cusp of finally achieving the position he has desired for so long. Fitz adjusts to his post-presidency life and his desire to establish his legacy. With Olivia having departed for the White House, Olivia Pope & Associates, now renamed Quinn Perkins & Associates (QPA) goes through a reboot, as Quinn and the remaining gladiators must now rebuild the firm's reputation from the bottom up. Soon, however, everyone is caught up in one last scandal stirred up by Cyrus that threatens to expose all of their various crimes over the past seven seasons to the public and land them all in prison or worse.

Cast and characters[edit]

See also: List of Scandal characters

  • Kerry Washington as Olivia "Liv" Carolyn Pope, a former White House Director of Communications who is widely regarded as the best "fixer" in Washington. Olivia worked on the presidential campaign of the then-Governor Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III, with whom she began an affair. After the election, the affair ended and Olivia started her own crisis-management firm called "Olivia Pope & Associates".
  • Darby Stanchfield as Abigail "Abby" Whelan, who worked as an investigator in Olivia's firm. After Olivia ran away with Jake Ballard after the second presidential election, Abby was hired as the White House Press Secretary. She later managed to remove Cyrus Beene and took over his job as the White House Chief of Staff.
  • Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins (née Lindsay Dwyer), who works at Olivia Pope & Associates. She got involved with Charlie, who turned her away from OPA to B613, but she later returned to Olivia.
  • Guillermo Diaz as Huck (né Diego Muñoz), a previous assassin for B613, who lost his family because of the job. He later began working as a tech guy for Olivia and her firm and is extremely loyal to her.
  • Jeff Perry as Cyrus Rutherford Beene, former White House Chief of Staff who became the running-mate in the presidential election with Governor Fransisco Vargas.
  • Tony Goldwyn as Fitzgerald "Fitz" Thomas Grant III, the President of the United States, a Republican former Governor of California from Santa Barbara.
  • Columbus Short as Harrison Wright (seasons 1–3), a litigator who worked with Olivia. He hired Quinn for the firm, calling them "gladiators in suits". He is murdered by B613 at the end of the third season after learning that they were behind the murder of Jerry Grant, Jr.
  • Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch (season 1; guest season 4), a litigator who worked with Olivia and is one of her good friends. He left Washington, D.C. to be with his fiancée Georgia and is currently living in St. Petersburg and working for the Russian oligarchy.
  • Joshua Malina as David Rosen (seasons 2–7; recurring season 1), the United States Attorney General for the Grant administration. Through the first two seasons, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, however in the third season he was promoted to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. In the fourth season, President Fitzgerald Grant nominated him for Attorney General, in which he was granted. He was nearly fired for corruption – after agreeing to drop an investigation into Tamurac Sugar in exchange for Florida's Governor Baker's endorsement of his then-girlfriend/fiancé Susan Ross in the fifth season, but the sixth season reveals he retained his position as Attorney General.
  • Bellamy Young as Melody "Mellie" Margaret Grant (seasons 2–7; recurring season 1). Being married to Fitz, she was the First Lady of the United States before Fitz demanded a divorce after her election to become Senator of Virginia. In the fifth season, she runs for President and is nominated as the Republican Presidential candidate. At the end of the sixth season, she officially becomes the first female President of the U.S.
  • George Newbern as Charlie (né Bernard Gusky) (season 7; recurring seasons 1–6),[15] a B613 agent who developed a romantic relationship with Quinn. By the end of the sixth season he was a member of OPA (renamed QPA), and learned he and Quinn were expecting a child.
  • Scott Foley as Jacob "Jake" Ballard (né Pete Harris) (seasons 3–7; recurring season 2), a U.S. Navy intelligence officer attached to the Joint Chiefs of Staff who spies on Olivia Pope at the personal request of President Grant, with whom he served in the Navy during the first Gulf War. Jake was named the director of the National Security Agency in the fifth season.
  • Joe Morton as Elijah "Eli/Rowan" Pope (seasons 5–7; recurring seasons 2–4), Olivia Pope's father, 'Command' of the elite black ops program, B613.
  • Portia de Rossi as Elizabeth North (seasons 5–6; recurring season 4), the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee and a political advisor to the First Lady during her senate campaign; she became the Chief of Staff when Cyrus Beene was fired by the president and was later the Vice President's Chief of Staff. She was later beaten to death by Samantha Ruland during the sixth season.
  • Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker (seasons 5–7; guest season 4), a civil rights activist, a former client of Olivia's firm and White House Press Secretary.

Production[edit]

Conception and development[edit]

In early 2011, it was announced that Shonda Rhimes was developing a new pilot. In February, Kerry Washington was cast in a leading role.[16] Actresses Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson auditioned for this role alongside Washington before she was officially chosen. Henry Ian Cusick also landed a role in the series.[17] On February 28, 2011, it was announced that Tony Goldwyn landed the role as the president.[18] In May 2011, ABC picked up the pilot as a mid-season replacement.[19] During the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, it was announced that the show would premiere April 5, 2012 after Grey's Anatomy, relocating Private Practice to Tuesday nights.[20]

The program was renewed for a second season on May 11, 2012, in the same Thursday timeslot, while Private Practice remained in the new Tuesday evening timeslot to finish its final season.[21] Rhimes had stated at the time that the second season would likely be thirteen episodes or less,[22][23] but the renewal of the series after the fall meant that the second season would have two arcs through the season; the first covering the main 13-episode order, with the second arc taking place during the "back nine" order.

Scandal was renewed for a third season on May 10, 2013.[24] Along with other ABC dramas, this season was split into two runs of uninterrupted episodes, the first consisting of ten episodes. The second run, initially set to consist of 12 uninterrupted episodes, began on February 27, 2014.[25] On December 7, 2013, ABC Studios, announced that due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy, the overall episode order would be trimmed from 22 to 18,[26] which led the season finale to air four weeks earlier on April 17, 2014.

Shonda Rhimesis the creator, writer and executive producer of Scandal.

The show was renewed for a fourth season by ABC on May 9, 2014.[27] On May 13, 2014, ABC announced their new schedule, as well as a new time slot for Scandal. The show remained on Thursday night, but it was moved to 9:00 PM E.T. to make room for ShondaLand Production Company's new TV series, How to Get Away with Murder.[28] In August 2014, ABC programmed its entire Thursday primetime lineup with ShondaLand dramas Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, then branded the night as "Thank God It's Thursday" (or "TGIT").[29] This echoes ABC's former TGIF branding of its Friday night family sitcoms and even NBC's Must See TV promotion of formidable Thursday night television hits in the 1990s.[30]

The remaining fall schedule for ABC was announced on October 30, 2014, where it was announced that Scandal would air nine episodes in the fall with the fall finale to air on November 20, 2014, just like the rest of ABC's primetime lineup "TGIT" Grey's Anatomy and How To Get Away with Murder.[31] The remaining 13 episodes aired after the winter break, beginning on January 29, 2015,[32] and ending with the season finale on May 14, 2015.[33]

Scandal was renewed for a fifth season on May 7, 2015, by ABC. The series continued to air on Thursdays in the timeslot 9:00 p.m. E.T. like the previous season, as it was moved to the timeslot to make room for Shondaland Production Company's new TV series, How to Get Away with Murder. Production began on May 21, 2015, when Rhimes announced on Twitter that the writers were in full swing mapping the fifth season.

The series was renewed for a sixth season on March 3, 2016, by ABC.[35] Production was scheduled to begin in July, confirmed by executive-producer Tom Verica.[36] After Kerry Washington announced that she was pregnant again, TVLine reported that ABC considered moving the show's premiere to midseason.[37] In addition, the episode order for the sixth season was reduced from 22 to 16 episodes.[38] During ABC's annual upfront presentation in May, it was announced that Scandal would premiere during midseason, following a fall run of the new series Notorious.[39] Production began on July 13, 2016, with director and executive producer Tom Verica announcing that the crew was scouting for filming locations.[40] The table read for the premiere was on July 26, 2016, with filming starting soon after.

On February 10, 2017, ABC announced that the series had been renewed for a seventh season.[41] On May 10, 2017, ABC announced that the seventh season would be the show's final season.[12]

Crew[edit]

ProducersWritersDirectors
Judy Smith, Jenna Bans, Mark, Fish, Tom Verica, Peter Nowalk, Allan Heinberg, Mark Driscoll, Noah Evslin, Chris Van Dusen, Holden Chang, Peter Noah, Roxann DawsonJenna Bans, Matt Byrne, Severiano Canales, Mark Fish, Zahir McGhee, Heather Mitchell, Raamla Mohamed, Peter Noah, Miguel Nolla, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, Richard Robbins, Chris Van Dusen, Mark WildingTom Verica, Oliver Bokelberg, Steve Robin, Allison Liddi-Brown, Russell Robertson, Mark Tinker, Jeannot Szwarc, Randall Zisk, Stephen Cragg, Michael Katleman, Ron Underwood, Roxann Dawson, Tony Goldwyn, Paul McGuigan, Bethany Rooney, Jessica Yu, Ava DuVernay, Julie Anne Robinson, Debbie Allen, Paul McCrane, Scott Foley

Writing[edit]

In an interview with showrunner Shonda Rhimes, she revealed that the fourth season would highlight Darby Stanchfield's character, Abby Whelan. She said "Season 4 is Abby's season. That was by design. A lot of what we know about Abby happens this season."[42] Rhimes also confirmed the speculation about the fate of the character Harrison Wright, who she confirmed was killed.[42] She said that all the people at OPA will cope in different ways to Harrison's death, Olivia the hardest. Rhimes said "It will be very devastating for Abby in a surprising way. You'll see how she's coping with it in a very different way than you would expect."[43] Olivia will deal with her betrayal to everyone she left behind, when she hears about the fate of Harrison. The betrayals changed everyone permanently, and Olivia will have to deal with it.[43]

Shonda Rhimes stated that the fourth season would focus more on the core characters, as opposed to the third season where more characters were introduced. Rhimes explained why: "Kerry Washington couldn't work 14 hours a day, so we had to tell our story in a different way, and that necessitated other people both picking up the slack in beautiful ways".[43]

Shonda Rhimes said in an interview that the fifth season would begin only a few days after the events in the fourth-season finale. She stated that the fifth season would see Olivia and Fitz the only people standing in a single piece, as she said "The world had been fairly blown apart for everybody except Olivia and Fitz. Everybody else was in a fairly blown apart place ... We pick up right there in that environment and we see what happens next." Rhimes continued talking about Cyrus and Mellie and their situation of not being in the White House anymore.[44] Rhimes also confirmed that "the reconstitution" of Team OPA would happen in the fifth season, as Rhimes revealed in an interview with TVLine, as she explained that the Gladiator conceit was sidelined a bit in the fourth season to instead "healing" Olivia. She noted that "a lot of times it was just Huck and Quinn gladiating by themselves. And that wasn't the same dynamic."[45]

When talking about the presidential campaign storyline in the show, showrunner Shonda Rhimes talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the character Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III not being president anymore. She said, "I can't tell you any of that — but there is a plan. Tony is not going anywhere; where would he go?!" Other cast members shared their opinions about Grant's next arc without the presidency. Tony Goldwyn, the actor playing Fitz, commented, "He'll be much happier as the post-president than as the president." Jeff Perry, playing Cyrus Beene, said, "I'd love our show to invent a great role for a president after he's out [of] office that would reverberate back to the real world." Executive producer Betsy Beers voiced her excitement about the character doing "anything he wanted". Other cast members compared Fitz's next move with former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.[46]

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rhimes talked about the presidential election and its factor into the sixth season. She said that it would in both ways, adding, "We are basically going to start our season on election night. Yes, it is going to play into our season, but we're not going to spend our time playing an election."[47]

Casting[edit]

The first season had nine roles receiving star billing, including Kerry Washington as protagonist of the series, Olivia Pope, a former White House Director of Communications with her own crisis management firm. Columbus Short played the character Harrison Wright, while Darby Stanchfield played Abby Whelan, who begins a relationship with David Rosen. Katie Lowes acted as Quinn Perkins, and Guillermo Diaz played the character Huck, the troubled tech guy who works for Olivia. Jeff Perry played Cyrus Beene, the Chief of Staff at the White House. Joshua Malina played David Rosen, the U.S. Attorney who develops a relationship with Abby. Bellamy Young played First Lady Melody "Mellie" Grant, while Tony Goldwyn portrayed President Fitzgerald "Fitz" Thomas Grant III.

Henry Ian Cusickdid not return for the second season. In Season 4 he made a guest appearance as Stephen Finch.

Several casting changes occurred for the second season. Henry Ian Cusick exited the show and did not return as his character Stephen Finch for the second season as the actor and showrunner Shonda Rhimes came to the mutual decision for him not to come back for the second year.[48] Both Bellamy Young, as First Lady of the United States, and Joshua Malina, as David Rosen, were bumped up to series regulars.[49][50]

On June 14, 2013, Scott Foley was promoted to regular as of the third season.[51] Casting for Lisa Kudrow was announced on August 28,[52] and was revealed to be playing Congresswoman Josephine Marcus for multiple episodes.[53]Private Practice alum Paul Adelstein was announced to join the cast as Leo Bergen, however at the time of the announcement, details on who he would play were kept under wraps.[54] On September 23, 2013, it was announced that Sally Pressman would be playing a recurring role on the show, which turned out to be the sister of Congresswoman Josephine Marcus, played by Lisa Kudrow.[55]Jack Coleman joined the cast in a recurring role as Daniel Douglas, the husband to Vice President Sally Langston.[56]

On November 5, 2013, Khandi Alexander was cast in a recurring role as Olivia's mother for a multiple episode arc.[57][58][59] On December 3, 2013, it was announced that the show was casting for a new role as a "handsome, charismatic fella" named Andrew, who would be a love interest for Bellamy Young's character, Mellie.[60] A few days later, on December 6, 2013, actor Jon Tenney was announced to have landed the role of Andrew.[61] On January 28, 2014, it was announced that Scandal was casting the guest-starring roles of Jerry Grant and Karen Grant, Tony Goldwyn and Bellamy Young's characters' children.[62] A week later, on February 6, 2014, it was reported that the guest-starring roles of Jerry and Karen had been landed by Dylan Minnette and Madeline Carroll. The duo appeared in the fifteenth episode in addition to the season finale.[63]

On April 25, 2014, it was announced that Columbus Short would not return for the fourth season due to personal reasons.[64] In an interview with the show's creator Shonda Rhimes, she revealed that Short's character Harrison Wright would be killed off.[42] Television host Ellen DeGeneres revealed on Twitter that her wife, Portia de Rossi, had been cast in a multiple-episode "top secret arc".[65]

On July 30, 2014, it was announced Kelen Coleman would appear in the season four premiere.[66] On August 12, 2014, Mary McCormack and Josh Randall were cast as a couple in the season's second episode.[67]Lost alum Sonya Walger was cast in a recurring role, which was announced on August 18, 2014.[68] On August 22, 2014, Entertainment Weekly announced that Matthew Del Negro would play a recurring role.[69] It was announced that the role of Karen Grant, one of the Grant family's children, would be recast, and on September 5, 2014, Mary Mouser was revealed to be taking over the role.[70]Jasika Nicole returned as Huck's estranged wife in the fourth season, with her return beginning in the fifth episode.[71]Stephen Collins announced on Twitter that he would be returning to Scandal for an episode.[72] However, after news broke about sexual abuse allegations made about the actor, his footage was cut from the episode per ABC's request.[73]

Two alumni from the Shondaland-produced television show Private Practice appeared in the fourth season. It was announced on September 16, 2014, that Brian Benben had landed a guest-starring role.[74] In addition, Paul Adelstein returned as Leo Bergen in an episode which aired in November.[71]

It was reported on October 21, 2014, that Michael Trucco had been cast as Charles Putney, Abby's abusive ex-husband. Information about his character was that he is the youngest son of former Virginia Gov. James Putney and the ex-husband of Abby Whelan after he physically assaulted her in a drunken rage. He appeared in at least one episode of the fourth season.[75][76] On November 4, 2014, it was announced that Khandi Alexander was going to return as Maya Lewis in the winter finale. Alexander's role was initially meant for only one episode as a guest star, but was upgraded to recurring on November 14, 2014.[77]Jason Butler Harner was cast for the show in a recurring role, and first appeared in the winter premiere, playing Ian Woods.[78] On February 20, 2015, it was reported that comedian Lena Dunham had been cast in an unknown guest role,[79] and would appear in the sixteenth episode.[80] She ultimately portrayed Susanne Thomas, a young woman who writes a scandalous memoir about some of D.C.'s top politicians.

It was announced on February 4, 2016, that Ricardo Chavira would join the show in a recurring role, and would first appear in the eleventh episode.[81]Annabeth Gish was announced on February 8, 2016, to have been cast in a recurring role.[82]The Hollywood Reporter announced on February 18, 2016, that Joe Morton who plays Rowan "Eli" Pope had been promoted to a series regular, and was credited as a regular cast member for the first time in the twelfth episode of Season 5.[83]TVLine announced on August 6, 2016, that Glee-alum Jessalyn Gilsig would replace Joelle Carter as Vanessa Moss, Jake Ballard's wife.[84]

TVLine announced on May 15, 2017, that George Newbern, who plays Charlie, was promoted to a main cast member for Season 7, after having appeared in over fifty episodes as a recurring cast member.[85]

Filming[edit]

Production started at the beginning of July, as Rhimes tweeted that the writers were hard at work collaborating ideas and mapping out the fourth season.[86][87] Scouting for the season began a few days later.[88] The table read for the first episode was on July 24, 2014,[89] and Rhimes revealed the title of the premiere the same day.[90][91] Filming for the fourth season began on July 28, 2014,[92] and ended on April 28, 2015.[93]

Scouting began in the beginning of July.[94] Kerry Washington announced the first table read would happen July 14, 2015.[95] The title of the season premiere, "Heavy is the Head" was revealed on August 8, 2015, by its director Tom Verica on Twitter.[96] Filming for the season began on July 16, 2015.[97]

Several actors working on Shondaland-produced shows directed an episode for the fifth season. Tony Goldwyn from Scandal directed the second and 17th episode, making it the fourth and fifth episode he has directed on the show. Chandra Wilson who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey on Grey's Anatomy directed her first Scandal episode, which was the sixth episode "Get Out of Jail, Free". Scott Foley from Scandal also directed his first Scandal episode, the 16th named "The Miseducation of Susan Ross". Foley and executive producer Tom Verica announced Foley's debut as director on Twitter.[98] For the seventh season, both Kerry Washington and Darby Stanchfield were set to direct their first Scandal episodes, with Stanchfield having previously directed all episodes of the web series.[99][100][101]

Music[edit]

Chad Fischer was the composer for the show for its entire run. For his work he won the BMI TV Music Award six times from 2013 to 2018.[102][103][104][105][106][107][108]

Two soundtrack albums for Scandal were released. The first one was 2013 Songs from Scandal: Music for Gladiators featuring songs from the first two seasons of the show.[109] The second one titled Scandal: Original Television Series Soundtrack was released in 2018 and consisted entirely of Chad Fischer’s music from the show.[110][111][112]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

In the United States Scandal aired on ABC on Thursday nights at 9pm/8pm CT. The program airs at the same time in Canada through the Citytelevision system with simsubbing of the ABC feed.

The series airs in Australia on the Seven Network with reruns airing on SoHo, Canal Sony in Latin America, ZFB-TV in Bermuda, Miami's WPLG in the Bahamas (via cable from the United States mainland), and on TVB Pearl in Hong Kong. The first two seasons originally aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.[113] In 2014 the show was picked up by rival broadcaster Sky Living who continued airing it from season three onwards.[114] In New Zealand it first aired on TV One but now airs on TV2.

It aired in South Africa on multiple television channels; first run episodes were aired on DStv premium channel M-net the day after their ABC run, along with reruns on rival satellite channel StarSat and SABC3 as of May 2014.[115] The show has since moved to the free-to-air channel E.tv, with the 5th season commencing in April 2020.[116] The series is re-titled in South Africa as The Fixer to avert confusion with the domestic soap opera entitled Scandal!.[115]

In Jamaica, Scandal airs on CVM TV.

Cable syndication[edit]

On July 15, 2013, BET and ABC announced an early syndication agreement, which saw BET carrying a marathon of the first two seasons on August 10 and 17, 2013, then in two-hour blocks on Wednesdays before the show's season three premiere on October 3.[117] BET airs new episodes after an eight-day delay.[118][119]

Home media and online[edit]

Seasons 1–5 of the series have been released on DVD by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment under the ABC Studios label. Additionally, Hulu currently streams all available seasons in the U.S, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. The show is available via traditional by-episode and season purchase by most online video retailers, including iTunes.

Season 1

The Complete First Season
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 7 Episodes
  • 2-Disc Set
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles
  • Scandal: Setting The Pace
  • Gladiators in Suits: Casting a Series
  • Scripting Scandal
Release Dates
Region 1Region 2
June 12, 2012 October 7, 2013

Season 2

The Complete Second Season
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 22 Episodes
  • 5-Disc Set
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles
  • A Closer Look
  • Hanging with Huck
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes/Bloopers
Release Dates
Region 1Region 2
September 3, 2013 February 17, 2014

Season 3

The Complete Third Season
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 18 Episodes
  • 4-Disc Set
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles
  • Extended Finale Episode
  • See the Locations at Set
  • Spotlight Cast Piece: Jeff Perry
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
Release Dates
Region 1Region 2
September 23, 2014 January 19, 2015

Season 4

The Complete Fourth Season
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 22 Episodes
  • 5-Disc Set
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles
  • Extended Episodes
  • The Fixer – A Day With Kerry Washington
  • Outtakes
Release Dates
Region 1Region 2
August 11, 2015 November 23, 2015

Season 5

The Complete Fifth Season
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 21 Episodes
  • 5-Disc Set
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles
Release Dates
Region 1Region 2
August 23, 2016 November 23, 2016

Seasons 6 and 7[120]

The Complete Sixth & Seventh Seasons - The Final Two Seasons
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 34 Episodes
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles
Release Dates
Region 1Region 2
August 28, 2018

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The show has been met with generally favorable reviews, with a collective score of 64/100 based on 28 critics from Metacritic.[121] Based on advanced screeners sent before the show's premiere, Alan Sepinwall of HitFix stated:

To be perfectly honest, after watching four episodes of Scandal, I'm not 100 percent clear on what it is that Olivia and her team (most of them fellow lawyers who don't practice law) do, nor on exactly what the show is. I'm also not entirely sure that it matters. Scandal is a good example of what a show is about being far less important than how it's about it.[122]

IndieWire, a daily news site reviewed the first season of Scandal, comparing it to the FX show Damages. Stating that the premise was similar and that Damages is a hell of a show, and worthy of all the accolades; but it's what Scandal could be, if the envelope was pushed a bit more, and if the show took more risks."[123]

Newsday's Verne Gay called the series "fun", but added:

All the tropes, cliches and (especially) soap conventions series creator Shonda Rhimes has poured so generously into Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice over the years have been poured right back into this Beltwaypotboiler. The hairpin plot twists. The whiplash character reveals. The bumptious moralizing. The Strong Woman/Wronged Woman character type, and its direct corollary, Weak, Middle-Aged, Married Man Who Secretly Likes Hookers. It's all here![124]

The show however received many more positive reviews during its second season. In 2013, The A.V. Club's Ryan McGee compared the show to House of Cards, stating:

Scandal has quite a bit to say about how people in general operate. By extension, it also has a lot to say about the type of television people respond to in this ever-splintered viewing environment. In a year in which almost all ratings are down, Scandal has gone up. Its insane storytelling really isn't insane at all. Many want to dub House of Cards the future of television as a whole. In terms of distribution, this may be true. But by giving audiences what they want, and then giving them so much more than they ever expected, Scandal is the show those looking toward the future of television should be aiming to actually produce, regardless of the medium in which it is viewed.[125]

Alan Sepinwall of HitFix also changed his stance:

When Scandal debuted last spring, I wasn't sure what to make of it, beyond recognizing that Kerry Washington had the goods to carry a series and Shonda Rhimes had fashioned an excellent role for her. This season, though, Rhimes has kicked the show up to another level by ditching the Crisis of the Week procedural format in favor of reinventing Scandal as a gonzo hybrid of conspiracy thriller and high-stakes soap opera, involving election rigging, a presidential assassination attempt, a failed internal White House coup, and all sorts of other crazy shenanigans. It's ludicrous on virtually every level; it's also an enormous amount of fun, thanks to the writing and the performances.[126]

Ratings[edit]

See also: List of Scandal episodes § Ratings

In 2016, a New York Times study of the 50 TV shows with the most Facebook Likes found that Scandal "displays the classic pattern of a show popular with a black audience".[127] The show does well among an African American female audience.[127] Ratings grew significantly over the second season, reaching a series high with the season finale which increased 25% in total viewers and 39% in Adult 18–49 compared to the first season's finale.[128]

The season 3 premiere had 10.5 million total viewers, up 71 percent from last season's start in September 2012.[129][130] The season finale had 10.5 million total viewers, up 15% from last season's finale in May 2013.[131] The third season had an average of 11.5 million in Total Viewers, up 39% from the second season which had a total of 8.3 million. It also went up in Adults 18–49 with 43% with an average of 4.0/12, while the previous season had a 2.8/8. This qualifies Scandal as TV's fastest growing returning series.[131]

The fourth-season premiere also scored a series high in Total Viewers with 11.96 millions and in adults 18–49 with a 3.8/11.[132] The series was its ratings increase from week to week compared to its broadcasting last year.[133][134][135] The mid-season premiere "Run" was equaled the series's 2nd-highest-ever rating in adults 18–49.[136] The fourth season saw a decrease in the 18–49 key demographic by 5.4 percent to a 2.9, but an increase in total viewers by .86 percent with an average of 9.19 million viewers.[137]

Social media[edit]

Scandal is one of the most popular shows on social media. The cast tweets with their fans when the show is airing on television.[159] During the season three premiere, the show topped Nielsen's Twitter TV Ratings Top 10,[160] with 713,000 tweets that mentioned the show and were seen by an audience of 3.7 million users. The show has also the most loyal Twitter followers according to Nielsen Social.[161]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Scandal has been acknowledged by the ALMA Awards, Image Awards, BET Awards, Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Critics' Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and People's Choice Awards as well as honored by the American Film Institute and the Peabody Awards.

Kerry Washington, Columbus Short, Guillermo Díaz, Bellamy Young, and Tony Goldwyn have been recognized for their performances. The production team has been honored by the Costume Designers Guild, Society of Camera Operators, BMI Awards and the California on Location (COLA) Awards.

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2012 ALMA AwardsFavorite TV Actor – Supporting Role in a Drama Guillermo DíazNominated [162]
2013 AFI AwardTelevision Program of the Year ScandalWon
BET AwardsBest ActressKerry WashingtonWon [163]
Imagen AwardsBest Actor/Television Guillermo Díaz Nominated [164]
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesScandalWon [165]
Outstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesKerry Washington Won
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesShonda Rhimes(for "Sweet Baby")Nominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesKerry Washington Nominated [166]
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesDan BucatinskyWon
TV Guide AwardsFavorite Drama Series ScandalWon [167]
Favorite Actress Kerry Washington Won
Favorite Ensemble Kerry Washington, Columbus Short, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Díaz, Jeff Perry, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Scott FoleyNominated
Vision Awards Best Drama ScandalNominated [168]
2014 BET AwardsBest ActressKerry Washington Nominated [169]
Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesBellamy Young Won [170]
Best Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesJoe MortonNominated
Dorian AwardsTV Performance of the Year – Actress Kerry Washington Nominated [171]
Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress in a Television Drama SeriesKerry Washington Nominated [172]
Gracie AwardsOutstanding Drama ScandalWon [173]
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Drama Series ScandalWon [174]
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Kerry Washington Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesGuillermo Díaz Nominated
Joe Morton Won
Columbus Short Nominated
Peabody AwardArea of Excellence (Television) ScandalWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Kerry Washington Nominated [175]
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Joe Morton Won
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesKate BurtonNominated
Prism Award Drama Series Episode – Substance Use "Snake in the Garden" Won [176]
Performance in a Drama Series Episode Tony Goldwyn Nominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesKerry Washington Nominated [177]
TV Guide AwardsFavorite Drama Series ScandalNominated [178]
Favorite Actress Kerry Washington Nominated
Vision Awards Best Drama ScandalWon [179]
2015 BET AwardsBest ActressKerry Washington Nominated [180]
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Drama Series ScandalNominated [181]
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Kerry Washington Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Guillermo Díaz Nominated
Joe Morton Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesKhandi AlexanderWon
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series Zahir McGhee (for "Mama Said Knock You Out")Nominated
OFTA Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Kerry Washington Nominated [182]
Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Khandi Alexander Nominated
People's Choice AwardsFavorite Dramatic TV Actress Kerry Washington Nominated [183]
Favorite Network TV Drama ScandalNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Khandi Alexander Nominated [184]
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress – DramaKerry Washington Nominated [185]
2016 NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Drama Series ScandalNominated [186]
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Kerry Washington Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Guillermo Díaz Nominated
Joe Morton Won
People's Choice AwardsFavorite Dramatic TV Actor Scott Foley Nominated [187]
Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Kerry Washington Nominated
Favorite Network TV Drama ScandalNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress – Drama Kerry Washington Nominated [188]
2017 Location Managers Guild AwardsOutstanding Locations in a Contemporary TV Series Veronique Vowell Nominated [189]
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama Series Kerry Washington Nominated [190]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Joe Morton Nominated
People's Choice AwardsFavorite Dramatic TV Actor Scott Foley Nominated [191]
Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Kerry Washington Nominated
2018 People's Choice AwardsThe Drama Show of 2018 ScandalNominated [192]
The Drama TV Star of 2018 Kerry Washington Nominated
The Female TV Star of 2018 Kerry Washington Nominated
The Male TV Star of 2018 Scott Foley Nominated
Tony Goldwyn Nominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Viola DavisNominated [193]

Critics' top ten lists[edit]

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Not even halfway through 2015, Hollywood has already seen a good amount of scandals, so ET has compiled a list of the biggest headline grabbers so far.

NEWS: The 7 Most Shocking Celebrity Scandals of 2014

10. Kim Richards.The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star admitted to having a substance abuse problem during a heated interview with Dr. Phil before being charged with battery of a police officer and public intoxication. During the rollercoaster exchange, Richards stormed off when she was confronted about her use of drugs and alcohol, but later checked into rehab. Richards was later granted a temporary leave from rehab to attend her daughter Brooke’s wedding in Mexico over Memorial Day weekend.

9. Fashion Police. The E! fashion commentary show was placed on hiatus after Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin exited the program. The timing of their departures was of note, as it came after a comment co-host Giuliana Rancic made about Zendaya's dreadlocks at the Oscars. During an episode of Fashion Police, Rancic said that the actress-singer's hairdo made her look like she "smelled like patchouli oil or weed.”

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8. "Blurred Lines." A jury awarded Marvin Gaye's family nearly $7.4 million after determining that Robin Thicke and Pharrell's smash hit sounded too much like Gaye’s popular 1977 song "Got to Give it Up." Thicke, Pharrell and rapper T.I. issued a joint statement following the verdict, saying it "sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity." The men maintained that "Blurred Lines" was "not taken from anyone or anywhere else."

7. ESPN Reporter's Rant. Sportscaster Britt McHenry was suspended after a video of her berating a towing company clerk went viral. In the clip, McHenry makes insults like "Lose some weight, baby girl" and "Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?" The 28-year-old later apologized on Twitter, writing, "In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake." McHenry returned to her job after a week-long suspension.

6. Rosie O'Donnell. The former co-host of The View is in the middle of a nasty custody battle with her ex Michelle Rounds. For now, the current 50/50 custody plan will stay in place, but Rounds filed for sole custody of their two-year-old daughter Dakota in April. O'Donnell's rep told ET that the custody filing was "an absurd and desperate attempt to use a child for her own gain."

5. Bill Cosby. The 77-year-old comedian's legacy was tainted last year when allegations of sexual misconduct resurfaced and new allegations cropped up. This year, the turmoil continues for Cosby as protesters tried to shut down his concerts. Not to mention his rambling, unapologetic interview with ABC. Through it all, Cosby defiantly promises, "I am far from finished."

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4. Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey. After their split, Mariah released her breakup track "Infinity," seeming to slam her ex with lines like, "Boy you actin' so corny like Fritos." Nick has kept his trademark positive attitude through it all, tweeting, "I will never say anything negative about Mariah."

3. Brian Williams. The news anchor is still on suspension without pay for his inaccurate reporting that made a mockery of NBC Nightly News. Williams falsely claimed that he was under fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. A Vanity Fair investigation suggested that Williams' true passion was in entertainment and that he put himself up for The Tonight Show hosting job before Jimmy Fallon was announced as Jay Leno's successor.

2. Bobbi Kristina Brown. Just days before the third anniversary of her mother Whitney Houston's 2012 death, Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub. Today, she remains on a ventilator despite grandmother Cissy Houston's claims that "she's not progressing at all." "When I go there and look at her, it's very difficult," Houston told ET. "She's not gone yet, but whatever the Lord decides, I'm ready for."

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1. Bruce Jenner. The Olympic gold medalist shocked the world by coming out as a transgender woman during a wide-ranging 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer in April. Keeping Up With the Kardashians: About Bruce, which aired on E! in May, documented the Kardashian family's reactions to Bruce's news as he makes the transition. Meanwhile, Bruce is being sued by the family of a woman who died in a February car crash that he was involved in on the Pacific Coast Highway. Bruce has called the incident "a devastating tragedy." "My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident," Bruce said in a statement to ET shortly after the accident. "It is a devastating tragedy and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible."


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Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse cases

sexual abuse cases against American film producer

"Weinstein scandal" redirects here. For the resignation of the Archivist of the United States, see Allen Weinstein § Sexual assault allegations.

During his career as a film producer, Harvey Weinstein, formerly of Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company (TWC), exploited his influential position to commit criminal sexual acts including rape.

In October 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker reported that dozens of women had accused Harvey Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse over a period of at least thirty years. Over eighty women in the film industry had accused Weinstein of such acts. Weinstein denied "any non-consensual sex". Shortly after, he was dismissed from The Weinstein Company (TWC), was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and other professional associations, and retired from public view.

Criminal investigations into complaints from at least six women have been made in Los Angeles, New York City, and London. In May 2018, Weinstein was arrested in New York and charged with rape and other offenses.[1] In February 2020, he was found guilty of rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act.[2] In March 2020, he was sentenced to 23 years of imprisonment.[3]

The New York Times and The New Yorker were awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their coverage of Weinstein. The scandal triggered many similar allegations against powerful men around the world, and led to the ousting of many of them from their positions. It also led a great number of women to share their own experiences of sexual assault, harassment, or rape on social media under the hashtag#MeToo. The scandal's impact on powerful men in various industries came to be called the Weinstein effect.

Background

Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob Weinstein, formed the film production company Miramax and led the company from 1979 to 2005.[4] In March 2005, the Weinsteins founded The Weinstein Company (TWC) and departed from Miramax that September.[5][6]

Rumors of Harvey Weinstein's "casting couch" practices circulated in Hollywood for years, and entertainment figures at times alluded to them.[7] As early as 1998, Gwyneth Paltrow said on Late Show with David Letterman that Weinstein "will coerce you to do a thing or two".[7] In 2005, Courtney Love advised young actresses in an interview, "If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons, don't go."[8] In 2010, an article titled "Harvey's Girls"[9] for Pajiba alluded to Weinstein's "casting couch" reputation: "Every few years, Harvey picks a new girl as his pet."[7] In 2012, a character on the TV series 30 Rock said: "I'm not afraid of anyone in show business, I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions, out of five."[7] While announcing the 2013 nominees for the Best Supporting ActressAcademy Award, Seth MacFarlane joked: "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein."[7] After the allegations were published, director Quentin Tarantino said that he had known about Weinstein harassing actresses for decades, and had confronted him about it.[10] Ivana Lowell wrote in her book Why Not Say What Happened?, published in 2010, about misbehavior by Weinstein when she worked for the books division of Miramax. The incidents described were in her office when she was alone with Harvey Weinstein, and in her home when a female friend of hers was present. She wrote that she "knew about Harvey's reputation as a womanizer; tales of his trying to seduce every young actress in town were infamous".[11]

Journalists wrote or attempted to write about Weinstein's alleged behavior. David Carr found that no one allegedly assaulted by Weinstein would speak on the record; Ken Auletta and his editors decided he could not mention an assault allegation without cooperation from the victim.[12] In 2015, Jordan Sargent wrote in his Gawker article "Tell Us What You Know About Harvey Weinstein's 'Open Secret'"[13] that "rumors of the powerful producer leveraging his industry power for sexual satisfaction—consensual or otherwise—have tended to remain unaired, confined to hushed conversation and seedier gossip-blog comment threads."[7]The New York Times later wrote that Weinstein had built a "wall of invulnerability", in part through his support of leading Democratic politicians. He boasted being friends with Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. The Clintons continued longstanding close relationships with him despite alleged warnings about Weinstein to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign from Lena Dunham and Tina Brown.[12]

In 2015, The New York Times reported that Weinstein was questioned by police "after a 22-year-old woman accused him of touching her inappropriately".[14] The woman, Italian model Ambra Gutierrez, cooperated with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to obtain an audio recording where Weinstein admitted to having inappropriately touched her.[15] As the police investigation progressed and became public, tabloids published negative stories about Gutierrez that portrayed her as an opportunist.[16][17]American Media, publisher of the National Enquirer, allegedly agreed to help suppress the allegations by Gutierrez and Rose McGowan.[12]Manhattan District AttorneyCyrus Vance Jr. decided not to file charges against Weinstein, citing insufficient evidence of criminal intent,[17] against the advice of local police who considered the evidence sufficient.[18] The New York district attorney's office and the NYPD blamed each other for failing to bring charges.[18]

In July 2018, after many allegations and criminal charges of sexual misconduct, Greek journalist Taki Theodoracopulos said to The Spectator that his friend Weinstein told him in an interview, "Yes, I did offer them [girls] acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone."[19] Weinstein's lawyer later said he had been present, and Weinstein did not make that statement. Theodoracopulos stated he "may have misrepresented" Weinstein.[20] Weinstein's quotes and some of the author's observations were later removed from the article which only appeared on the magazine's website.[21]

2017 reports

Substantial allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein were first reported by The New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey on October 5, 2017. The story accused Weinstein of three decades of sexually harassing and paying eight settlements to actresses and female production assistants, temps, and other employees who worked at Miramax and TWC.[17][22] The investigation, which came on the heels of a successful exposé of Bill O'Reilly by The New York Times, had taken roughly five months.[23]

Five days later, on October 10, longtime NBC News correspondent Ronan Farrow reported in The New Yorker further allegations that Weinstein had sexually assaulted or harassed thirteen women, and raped three.[24] Farrow said he had wanted to break the story months earlier with NBC but implied the network was under pressure not to publish,[25] which NBC denied.[26] According to Farrow, sixteen former or current executives and assistants connected with Weinstein said they had witnessed or had been informed of Weinstein's non-consensual sexual advances to women. Four actresses relayed their suspicion that, after rejecting Weinstein's advances and complaining about him, he had them removed from projects or persuaded others to remove them. A number of Farrow's sources said Weinstein had referred to his success in planting stories in the media about individuals who had crossed him. The New Yorker also published the 2015 audio recording in which Weinstein admits to groping Gutierrez.[24]

In November 2017, Farrow reported that Weinstein had, through the lawyer David Boies, employed private intelligence agencies Kroll and Black Cube and private investigator Jack Palladino to spy on and influence Weinstein's alleged victims as well as Kantor, Twohey, Farrow and other reporters who were investigating Weinstein. He took these actions, according to Farrow, to prevent his sexual conduct from becoming public.[12][27][28]

Accusers

Since the initial reporting in 2017, over eighty women[29] accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault or rape. In November 2017, a group of the alleged victims, led by Italian actress Asia Argento, released a list of over a hundred alleged instances of sexual abuse by Weinstein.[30][31] The incidents in the list date from 1980 to 2015 and include eighteen allegations of rape.[30]

According to the women's reports, Weinstein invited young actresses or models into a hotel room or office on the pretext of discussing their career, and then he demanded massages or sex.[32] He told them that complying with his demands would help their careers and repeatedly used Gwyneth Paltrow as an example, telling them that she had had sex with him, unbeknownst to the actress. Paltrow had rebuffed his propositions, but he told multiple young actresses that she had slept with him as a "weapon" to pressure them into complying with his demands.[12]

Former colleagues and collaborators of Weinstein told reporters that these activities were enabled by employees, associates and agents who set up these meetings, as well as lawyers and publicists who suppressed complaints with payments and threats.[32] Bob Weinstein, for example, was allegedly involved in three settlements with accusers, the first in 1990. One Miramax executive reported being harassed by Weinstein after being promoted and praised by him; she and other employees allegedly found that the HR department protected Weinstein more than they did his employees.[12]

Sexual harassment or assault

Women who said they had been sexually harassed or assaulted by Weinstein include:[33]

  1. Amber Anderson, actress[34]
  2. Lysette Anthony, actress[35]
  3. Asia Argento, actress and director[24]
  4. Rosanna Arquette, actress[24]
  5. Jessica Barth, actress[24]
  6. Kate Beckinsale, actress[36]
  7. Juls Bindi, massage therapist[37]
  8. Cate Blanchett, actress[38][note 1]
  9. Helena Bonham Carter, actress[39]
  10. Zoë Brock, model[40]
  11. Cynthia Burr, actress[41]
  12. Liza Campbell, writer and artist[42]
  13. Alexandra Canosa, producer[43][44]
  14. Rowena Chiu, Weinstein employee[45]
  15. Marisa Coughlan, actress and writer[46]
  16. Hope Exiner d'Amore, Weinstein employee[41]
  17. Florence Darel, actress[47]
  18. Wedil David, actress[48]
  19. Emma de Caunes, actress[24]
  20. Paz de la Huerta, actress[49]
  21. Juliana De Paula, model[50]
  22. Cara Delevingne, actress and model[51]
  23. Sophie Dix, actress[52]
  24. Jane Doe, model and aspiring actress[53]
  25. Lacey Dorn, actress and filmmaker[41]
  26. Kaitlin Doubleday, actress[54]
  27. Caitlin Dulaney, actress [55]
  28. Dawn Dunning, actress[56]
  29. Lina Esco, actress and director[57]
  30. Alice Evans, actress[58]
  31. Lucia Evans, formerly Lucia Stoller, actress[24]
  32. Angie Everhart, model and actress[59]
  33. Claire Forlani, actress[60]
  34. Romola Garai, actress[61]
  35. Louisette Geiss, screenwriter and actress[42]
  36. Louise Godbold, nonprofit organization director[42]
  37. Judith Godrèche, actress[56]
  38. Trish Goff, former model, actress, and real estate broker[62]
  39. Larissa Gomes, actress[55]
  40. Heather Graham, actress[63]
  41. Eva Green, actress[64]
  42. Ambra Gutierrez, formerly Ambra Battilana, model[22]
  43. Mimi Haleyi, former production assistant[12][65]
  44. Daryl Hannah, actress[66]
  45. Salma Hayek, actress and producer[67]
  46. Lena Headey, actress[68]
  47. Anne Heche, actress[69]
  48. Lauren Holly, actress[70]
  49. Dominique Huett, actress[71]
  50. Jessica Hynes, actress, director and writer[72]
  51. Amy Israel, Miramax executive[12]
  52. Angelina Jolie, actress and director[56]
  53. Ashley Judd, actress and political activist[12][22]
  54. Minka Kelly, actress[73]
  55. Katherine Kendall, actress[56]
  56. Heather Kerr, actress[74][75]
  57. Mia Kirshner, actress[12][76]
  58. Myleene Klass, singer and model[22]
  59. Nannette Klatt, actress[77]
  60. Liz Kouri, actress[77]
  61. Olga Kurylenko, model and actress[78]
  62. Jasmine Lobe actress,[77]
  63. Emma Loman (alias), German actress[79]
  64. Ivana Lowell, author and daughter of Lady Caroline Blackwood[77]
  65. Laura Madden, Weinstein employee[42]
  66. Madonna, singer-songwriter and actress[80]
  67. Natassia Malthe, actress[81]
  68. Jessica Mann, former[82] aspiring[83] actress[84][85][86]
  69. Julianna Margulies, actress[87]
  70. Brit Marling, actress[88][89]
  71. Sarah Ann Masse, actress, comedian, and writer[42]
  72. Ashley Matthau, actress[12][41]
  73. Rose McGowan, actress[12][22]
  74. Natalie Mendoza, actress[90]
  75. Sophie Morris, administrative assistant[91]
  76. Katya Mtsitouridze, TV hostess and head of Russian film body Roskino[92]
  77. Emily Nestor, Weinstein employee[42]
  78. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, documentary filmmaker and actress[12][93]
  79. Connie Nielsen, actress[94]
  80. Kadian Noble, actress[95]
  81. Lupita Nyong'o, actress[96]
  82. Lauren O'Connor, Weinstein employee[12][97]
  83. Gwyneth Paltrow, actress[12][56]
  84. Samantha Panagrosso, former model[98]
  85. Zelda Perkins, Weinstein employee[42]
  86. Vu Thu Phuong, actress and businesswoman[12][99]
  87. Sarah Polley, actress, writer, and director[100]
  88. Emanuela Postacchini, actress[101][102]
  89. Monica Potter, actress[103]
  90. Aishwarya Rai, actress[104]
  91. Tomi-Ann Roberts, professor of psychology and former aspiring actress[56]
  92. Lisa Rose, Miramax employee[105]
  93. Erika Rosenbaum, actress[106]
  94. Melissa Sagemiller, actress[107]
  95. Annabella Sciorra, actress[66]
  96. Léa Seydoux, actress[108]
  97. Lauren Sivan, journalist[109]
  98. Chelsea Skidmore, actress and comedian[57]
  99. Mira Sorvino, actress[24]
  100. Kaja Sokola, model[110]
  101. Tara Subkoff, actress[22]
  102. Melissa Thompson[55]
  103. Uma Thurman, actress[111]
  104. Paula Wachowiak, Weinstein employee[112]
  105. Wende Walsh, model and aspiring actress[77][113]
  106. Paula Williams, actress[114]
  107. Sean Young, actress[115]

Rape

Women who have accused Weinstein of rape include:

  1. Lysette Anthony told British police in October 2017 that Weinstein raped her in the late 1980s at her home in London.[116]
  2. Asia Argento told The New Yorker that in 1997, Weinstein invited her into a hotel room, "pulled her skirt up, forced her legs apart, and performed oral sex on her as she repeatedly told him to stop".[24]
  3. Wedil David, an actress, said that in 2016, Harvey Weinstein raped her in a Beverly Hills hotel room.[48]
  4. Paz de la Huerta said Weinstein had raped her on two separate occasions in November and December 2010.[49]
  5. Lucia Evans said, after a business meeting in 2004, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him.[24]
  6. Hope Exiner d'Amore, a former employee of Weinstein, said he raped her during a business trip to New York in the late 1970s.[41]
  7. Miriam "Mimi" Haleyi, a production crew member, said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in his New York City apartment in 2006 when she was in her twenties.[117]
  8. Dominique Huett said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her and then carried out another sexual act in front of her.[118]
  9. Natassia Malthe said in 2008, Weinstein barged into her London hotel room at night and raped her.[81][119]
  10. Jessica Mann testified in 2020 that Weinstein raped her on March 18, 2013.[82][86]
  11. Rose McGowan wrote on Twitter that she told the Amazon Studios head Roy Price that Weinstein had raped her, but Price ignored this and continued collaborating with Weinstein.[120] Price later resigned from his post following sexual harassment allegations against him.[121]
  12. Annabella Sciorra said, in the early 1990s, Weinstein forced himself into her apartment, shoved her onto her bed and raped her.[66][122]
  13. Melissa Thompson, a tech entrepreneur, told Sky News Weinstein raped her in his hotel room following a business meeting in 2011.[123][124][125]
  14. Wende Walsh, model and aspiring actress said that when she was working as a waitress at an Elmwood Avenue bar in the late 1970s, Weinstein begged her for a ride and then once inside the car, he sexually assaulted her.[77][113]
  15. An unnamed woman told The New Yorker that Weinstein invited her into a hotel room on a pretext, and "forced himself on [her] sexually" despite her protests.[24]
  16. An unnamed actress told the Los Angeles Times that in 2013, Weinstein "bullied his way" into her hotel room, grabbed her by the hair, dragged her into the bathroom and raped her.[126]
  17. An anonymous woman who works in the film industry says in a civil claim she filed in the U.K. in November 2017 that he sexually assaulted her several times sometime after 2000.[77]
  18. An unnamed Canadian actress says he sexually assaulted her in 2000. She filed suit against him in 2017.[77]
  19. An unnamed actress sued Weinstein for sexual battery and assault, alleging that in 2016 he forced her into sex.[127]
  20. An unnamed industry acquaintance sued Weinstein for rape, alleging that he raped her during a 2000 presidential debate.[128]

Weinstein's response

In response to The New York Times report in 2017, Weinstein said: "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it." He said he was due to take a sabbatical and was working with therapists to "deal with this issue head on".[22] His consulting lawyer, Lisa Bloom, described him as "an old dinosaur learning new ways". Bloom was criticized for her handling of Weinstein's defense and ended her involvement for Weinstein on October 7, 2017.[129] Two days later, Weinstein hired public relations company Sitrick and Company, which specializes in crisis PR;[130] they dropped Weinstein as a client on April 3, 2018.[131] Weinstein's attorney Charles Harder, who was then known for filing the suit that bankrupted Gawker, said his client would be suing The New York Times,[132] but by October 15, 2017, Harder was no longer working for Weinstein.[133]

In response to the report in The New Yorker, a spokesperson for Weinstein said:[24]

Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances ... Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.

Subsequent reports and accusations of rape were likewise met with the response that "any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."[41]

On January 30, 2018, Weinstein's attorney released private emails from Ben Affleck and Jill Messick, Rose McGowan's former manager, that both contradicted McGowan's version of the incident.[134][135] On February 7, 2018, Messick committed suicide.[136] Both the released emails and McGowan's own accusations against Messick led to increased negative public and media attention towards Messick, including cyberbullying.[137] Messick's family blamed Weinstein, McGowan, the media and the public for her death.[138]

In March 2018, Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman said in an interview with The Times (UK): "The casting couch in Hollywood was not invented by Harvey Weinstein. … If a woman decides that she needs to have sex with a Hollywood producer to advance her career and actually does it and finds the whole thing offensive, that's not rape." Addressing these women, Brafman said, "You made a conscious decision that you're willing to do something that is personally offensive in order to advance your career."[139]

Criminal prosecutions

Police investigations

In October 2017, the New York City Police Department (NYPD), London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) were reviewing allegations against Weinstein following reports about his conduct.[140] The London investigation—dubbed "Operation Kaguyak"—reportedly investigated fifteen alleged sexual assaults by Weinstein, dating back to the 1990s.[141]

New York arrest, trial, conviction, and sentencing

On November 3, 2017, the NYPD were preparing a warrant to arrest Weinstein for his alleged rape of Paz de la Huerta, an investigation still pending as of May 2018 and unrelated to the later arrest of Weinstein.[142][143]

On May 25, 2018, Weinstein was charged by the New York County District Attorney's Office with "rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women". After surrendering to the New York City Police Department (NYPD), he was arrested and appeared in the New York City Criminal Court before Judge Kevin McGrath.[144] Weinstein was released the same day on a $1 million bail. He agreed to surrender his passport and wear an ankle monitor confining him to Connecticut and New York.[145][144] In July 2018, Weinstein was indicted on an additional charge of "predatory sexual assault" against a woman he allegedly forced into oral sex in 2006.[146] On October 11, 2018, a judge dismissed one of the sex assault charges.[147]

Weinstein was initially represented by Benjamin Brafman, but parted ways with Brafman in January 2019,[148][149] and hired Donna Rotunno as his defense counsel.[150] Weinstein was tried in February 2020 in Manhattan Supreme Court. At the trial, six women testified that Weinstein had sexually assaulted them; the charges themselves rested on the complaints of two women, a former production assistant and a former actress, who gave the jury accounts from 2006 and 2013, respectively.[151][3][152] On February 24, 2020, the jury found Weinstein guilty of rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act in the first degree, and not guilty on three counts including two more serious charges of predatory sexual assault.[2][3]

After the verdict, Weinstein was remanded to jail,[151] where he was housed in Rikers Island's infirmary unit.[3] Justice James A. Burke sentenced Weinstein to 23 years in prison on March 11, 2020.[3] Weinstein was 67 years of age and in poor health at the time of sentencing.[3] On March 18, 2020, he was transferred to Wende Correctional Facility.[153]

Los Angeles criminal charges

On January 6, 2020, the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced separate criminal charges against Weinstein, allegedly raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013. Weinstein is charged with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint.[154]

On April 10, 2020, Weinstein faced another charge sexual battery by restraint against a third victim, stemming from an incident at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2010.[155][156]

On October 2, 2020, Weinstein was charged with another six additional sexual assault charges from three more incidents in Beverly Hills hotel rooms: three counts of forcible rape and three counts of forcible oral copulation.[157][158]

On April 12, 2021, Weinstein was formally indicted on eleven counts of sexual assault in Los Angeles County; this was a procedural matter allowing the trial to proceed more quickly. On the same day, Weinstein appeared at a video hearing regarding his extradition to California.[159]

On June 25, 2021, Weinstein was scheduled to be extradited to California to face more charges relating to rape and sexual assault.[160] He was extradited on July 20, 2021.[161]

Civil lawsuits

On October 23, 2017, New York Attorney GeneralEric Schneiderman opened a civil rights investigation into TWC. He issued a subpoena for records related to sexual harassment and discrimination complaints at the company.[162]

In January 2018, Weinstein's former personal assistant Sandeep Rehal sued both Weinstein brothers and TWC for discrimination and harassment, alleging that much of her work involved "catering to Harvey Weinstein's sexual appetites and activities", including working while he was naked. Weinstein denied these allegations.[163]

On April 30, 2018, Ashley Judd sued Weinstein for allegedly making false statements about her after she rejected his sexual requests, which damaged her career and cost her a role in a Lord of the Rings movie.[164]

On May 24, 2019, multiple press reports stated Weinstein had offered to settle civil lawsuits against him for $44 million.[165][166][167] Judge Alvin Hellerstein rejected the settlement in July 2020, criticizing several of the terms including that "Harvey Weinstein can get a defense fund ahead of the claimants is obnoxious".[168] In January 2021 a new $17 million settlement was agreed to in bankruptcy court.[169]

In October 2020, Weinstein was sued by an anonymous woman for allegedly raping her at his home during a 2000 presidential debate.[170]

In March 2021, actress Hayley Gripp sued Weinstein alleging that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in a suite at Beverly Hills hotel room in November 2012 when she was 19 years old. Weinstein has denied the allegation.[171]

Reactions

See also: Me Too movement

Weinstein's alleged actions were widely criticized by prominent persons in entertainment and politics. They triggered a public discussion about, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) put it, "willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment" in the film industry.[172]

Business and professional associations

On October 8, 2017, TWC board of directors dismissed Weinstein,[173] and he resigned from the company's board nine days later.[174] In the wake of the scandal, TWC declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2018.

After Weinstein's ouster was announced, several companies ended their collaborations with TWC, including Apple (October 9),[175]Hachette (October 12),[176]Amazon (October 13),[177]Lexus and Ovation (October 25).[178] The AMPAS, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the Producers Guild of America (PGA), and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) also stripped Weinstein of their memberships.[172][179][180][181][182]

Politics

Prominent politicians condemned Weinstein's actions. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama denounced Weinstein's reported behavior on October 10, 2017.[183] French President Emmanuel Macron initiated the revocation of Weinstein's Legion of Honour title.[184] In the UK, Labour members of parliament requested the revocation of Weinstein's Commander of the Order of the British Empire honorary title.[185]

Several politicians Weinstein had supported gave his donations to charities, including Democratic Senators Al Franken,[186]Patrick Leahy, and Martin Heinrich.[187]

Other reactions

Weinstein's wife Georgina Chapman announced her divorce on October 10, 2017.[188] That month, the University at Buffalo, Weinstein's alma mater, revoked his honorary degree,[189] and Harvard University rescinded Weinstein's 2014 W. E. B. Du Bois medal.[190]

On New Year's Day 2018, more than three hundred Hollywood actresses and other women published an open letter in the daily newspapers The New York Times and La Opinión appealing to support the Time's Up initiative.[191][192][193]

Musician and actress Madonna, who worked with Weinstein on several films, said in an interview with The New York Times Magazine, "Harvey crossed lines and boundaries and was incredibly sexually flirtatious and forward with me when we were working together." She also said she was aware of his behavior like a lot of other women in the entertainment industry, but because he was powerful and successful, few spoke out against him.[194][195]

Impact

Main article: Weinstein effect

In the United States

The October 2017 allegations against Weinstein precipitated an immediate "national reckoning" against sexual harassment and assault in the United States,[196] known as the "Weinstein effect". Compounded by other sexual harassment cases earlier in the year, the Weinstein reports and the subsequent "#MeToo" hashtag campaign, which encouraged individuals to share their suppressed stories of sexual misconduct, created a cavalcade of allegations across multiple industries that brought about the swift ousting of many men in positions of power both in the United States and, as it spread, around the world.[197][198]

On October 15, 2017, deceased actress Misty Upham's father, Charles Upham, went public with allegations that his daughter was raped by a member of Weinstein's production team at the same Golden Globes ceremony where she was honored for her work on one of Weinstein's films, and that other members of Weinstein's team had not only witnessed the rape but had cheered the rapist.[199]

In the entertainment industry, allegations led to the ousting of actors and directors alike. Most prominently, actor Kevin Spacey, comedian Louis C.K., and filmmaker Brett Ratner had projects canceled following at least six allegations apiece.[200] Over two hundred women accused filmmaker James Toback of sexual harassment.[198] In journalism, allegations led to the expelling of editors, publishers, executives, and hosts. In other industries, celebrity chefJohn Besh and other executives in finance and public relations were removed.[198][200] As of November 25, 2017, the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating twenty-eight sex crime cases involving media figures.[201]

Time magazine dubbed the "Silence Breakers" behind the #MeToo movement Time Person of the Year in 2017.[202] American journalists in conversation at NPR wrote of the series of allegations feeling like a tipping point for societal treatment of sexual misconduct, distinguished from prior sexual misconduct public debates by the public trust put in the celebrity accusers, as opposed to prior cases of publicly unknown accusers.[203] Other journalists doubted that the trend would hold.[198]

In April 2018, The New York Times and The New Yorker were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service "for their coverage of the sexual abuse of women in Hollywood and other industries around the world".[204]

In 2019, the documentary Untouchable was released, featuring interviews from several of Weinstein's accusers, including Rosanna Arquette and Paz de la Huerta.[205] On September 10, 2019, a nonfiction book written by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey called She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement was published, which follows the process of their investigation, both behind the scenes and in public.

Internationally

The "Me Too" campaign spread to other countries and languages over social media in Asia, Europe, Latin and North America.[206]

In North America, Canadian comedy festival founder Gilbert Rozon resigned and over a dozen individuals accused Quebec television host and producer Éric Salvail of sexual misconduct.[207]

In Europe, allegations against multiple British politicians created a public scandal and led to the suspension and resignations of three officials. In France,[208] political organizations close to the Socialist Party, in particular the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (UNEF), were accused of systemic sexual harassment. The French daily newspaper Le Monde published in November 2017 two articles on alleged sexual harassment and predation supported by former UNEF presidents, Jean-Baptiste Prévost and Emmanuel Zemmour.[209][210] In an editorial, more than eighty UNEF female members and militants came forward to accuse the Union of "sexual violence".[211]

See also

Notes

  1. ^Blanchett said she had been harassed by Weinstein but did not specify details.

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Hogan said, “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*ck some n——, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n—- worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!” Hogan went on, “I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking n—.” On the tape, Hogan also says, "VH1 wanted me to do a big thing and go back to the house I grew up in. So we knock on the door, and a big f*g lives there now!"

The WWE fired Hogan and scrubbed all mention of the iconic wrestler from its website. Hogan told People, “This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”

The scandal might have blown over had Hogan not taken to Twitter. He tweeted about the president’s use of the N-word during the WTF podcast with Marc Maron.  Hogan said, “Bi-racial President Obama uses N word, is applauded and keeps his job. @HulkHogan uses N word, is vilified and loses his job.” It should be pointed out that the president was making a point about race in the context of history, not being secretly recorded during a sexual tryst with Maron.

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Not even halfway through 2015, Hollywood has already seen a good amount of scandals, so ET has compiled a list of the biggest headline grabbers so far.

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10. Kim Richards.The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star admitted to having a substance abuse problem during a heated interview with Dr. Phil before being charged with battery of a police officer and public intoxication. During the rollercoaster exchange, Richards stormed off when she was confronted about her use of drugs and alcohol, but later checked into rehab. Richards was later granted a temporary leave from rehab to attend her daughter Brooke’s wedding in Mexico over Memorial Day weekend.

9. Fashion Police. The E! fashion commentary show was placed on hiatus after Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin exited the program. The timing of their departures was of note, as it came after a comment co-host Giuliana Rancic made about Zendaya's dreadlocks at the Oscars. During an episode of Fashion Police, Rancic said that the actress-singer's hairdo made her look like she "smelled like patchouli oil or weed.”

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8. "Blurred Lines." A jury awarded Marvin Gaye's family nearly $7.4 million after determining that Robin Thicke and Pharrell's smash hit sounded too much like Gaye’s popular 1977 song "Got to Give it Up." Thicke, Pharrell and rapper T.I. issued a joint statement following the verdict, saying it "sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity." The men maintained that "Blurred Lines" was "not taken from anyone or anywhere else."

7. ESPN Reporter's Rant. Sportscaster Britt McHenry was suspended after a video of her berating a towing company clerk went viral. In the clip, McHenry makes insults like "Lose some weight, baby girl" and "Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?" The 28-year-old later apologized on Twitter, writing, "In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake." McHenry returned to her job after a week-long suspension.

6. Rosie O'Donnell. The former co-host of The View is in the middle of a nasty custody battle with her ex Michelle Rounds. For now, the current 50/50 custody plan will stay in place, but Rounds filed for sole custody of their two-year-old daughter Dakota in April. O'Donnell's rep told ET that the custody filing was "an absurd and desperate attempt to use a child for her own gain."

5. Bill Cosby. The 77-year-old comedian's legacy was tainted last year when allegations of sexual misconduct resurfaced and new allegations cropped up. This year, the turmoil continues for Cosby as protesters tried to shut down his concerts. Not to mention his rambling, unapologetic interview with ABC. Through it all, Cosby defiantly promises, "I am far from finished."

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4. Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey. After their split, Mariah released her breakup track "Infinity," seeming to slam her ex with lines like, "Boy you actin' so corny like Fritos." Nick has kept his trademark positive attitude through it all, tweeting, "I will never say anything negative about Mariah."

3. Brian Williams. The news anchor is still on suspension without pay for his inaccurate reporting that made a mockery of NBC Nightly News. Williams falsely claimed that he was under fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. A Vanity Fair investigation suggested that Williams' true passion was in entertainment and that he put himself up for The Tonight Show hosting job before Jimmy Fallon was announced as Jay Leno's successor.

2. Bobbi Kristina Brown. Just days before the third anniversary of her mother Whitney Houston's 2012 death, Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub. Today, she remains on a ventilator despite grandmother Cissy Houston's claims that "she's not progressing at all." "When I go there and look at her, it's very difficult," Houston told ET. "She's not gone yet, but whatever the Lord decides, I'm ready for."

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1. Bruce Jenner. The Olympic gold medalist shocked the world by coming out as a transgender woman during a wide-ranging 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer in April. Keeping Up With the Kardashians: About Bruce, which aired on E! in May, documented the Kardashian family's reactions to Bruce's news as he makes the transition. Meanwhile, Bruce is being sued by the family of a woman who died in a February car crash that he was involved in on the Pacific Coast Highway. Bruce has called the incident "a devastating tragedy." "My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident," Bruce said in a statement to ET shortly after the accident. "It is a devastating tragedy and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible."

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