Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker article on Harvey Weinstein’s decades of abuse, assault, rape and harassment had many in-depth stories from Weinstein’s victims, on the record. The story of Ambra Battilana Gutierrez was of particular focus, because she was one of the most recent victims detailed in the article, and because she was one of the few women who went to the police after Weinstein assaulted her. She worked with the NYPD on a sting operation, she wore a wire, she got Weinstein on tape admitting to the assault. The NYPD detectives thought they had a good, solid case, and they were prepared to see it through to the end. But the district attorney declined to prosecute. And Weinstein immediately began attacking Gutierrez in the press, questioning her history in outlets like Page Six and more. So the case was dropped and everything sort of faded away. That was in 2015.
It’s some strange kind of world we live in where all of these women are coming out and speaking on the record about the abuses and harassment they were subjected to over the years, and no one really thinks “well, he …read more