The blame game

Oh the Hollywood Weinstein scandal, the gift that keeps on giving. Where sexual acts are traded for roles in movies. What a whole canning factory of worms and vice has been opened across the board. There are panderers, pimps and whores all over the place. Which is what the general public has suspected for years.

One of the things that occurred to me while reading the multiple sources of outrage over this affair is that the law has been broken by all sides of the argument. So I went and took a look at the California legal codes covering sexual assault and prostitution. Oh dear. This does not look good for either Weinstein or his coterie of tearstained accusers.

Let me explain; what Weinstein did was not rape or sexual assault. He is guilty of neither of those crimes for one simple reason; he was influence peddling. Trading movie roles and influence for sex. Under Californian law he is probably guilty of soliciting prostitution. Telling his ‘victims’ that they could have what they wanted (A movie role) for what can easily be defined as a ‘lewd’ act (A sexual act like a blow job or full sex). Which, according the rather useful Findlaw web site, is a crime under Californian law. Because prostitution laws make it a crime to offer, agree to, or engage in a sexual act for compensation.

Now, for those who delight in irony this is amusing for one solid sterling reason. There are no innocent parties here. Why? Because in order for a successful prosecution of Harvey Weinstein under the laws of California for soliciting sex, they have to find his accusers guilty of prostitution. Any enablers, like female personal assistants etc who ‘left the room’ for Harvey to make certain actresses an offer they could have refused, could also find themselves in court under the pimping provisions of the same legislation.

Oh my.

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2 thoughts on “The blame game”

  1. “…laws make it a crime to offer, agree to, or engage in a sexual act for compensation…”

    So how does that affect the bimbos who happily marry a rich geek or old man, fully intending to divorce him in a couple of years for a multi-million settlement and easy street for the rest of their lives?

    If only it could be proved to the satisfaction of a jury, I’d order shedloads of popcorn…

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    1. Kind of a grey area isn’t it Ted? As you allude, yes, ‘Gold digging’ is, under the US code definition a form of prostitution. The problem is proving it in a court of law. Another reason to invest in popcorn futures.

      As an aside; saw this very topic discussed in Heinlein’s ‘Glory Road’ where it was concluded that whoring is part and parcel of our entire culture. Must re-read that book sometime.

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