The Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal has been flooding the news for nearly a month now, and there’s no sign of it slowing down. Not only do we continue to see women come out of the woodworks with allegations against the embattled Hollywood mogul, but it has created a domino effect of sexual assault claims. Since Weinstein was first named, a myriad of other Hollywood men and political figures have been slapped with sexual assault allegations, including Kevin Spacey, Al Franken, and the latest shocker – Charlie Rose. While our culture notoriously turns a blind eye to the exploitation of young women in Hollywood, the Weinstein allegations suggest we’ve all had enough.
According to reports, Weinstein’s inappropriate, vulgar behaviors have gone on for many years. It even appears that numerous employees, board members, and peers were aware of his predatory acts, yet chose to do nothing. Unfortunately, this is nothing new in Hollywood. Thanks to the Weinstein scandal, sexual assault and harassment has come into the spotlight in a major way. Even though the sexual assault laws in our country are quite strict and those convicted of sex offenses face some of the harshest sentences, it seems pop culture figures somehow slip under the radar. At Janovsky & Associates, Attorney Janovsky understands and respects the delicate nature of these types of charges and how they impact her clients. She also understands how important it is to handle these matters with discretion and sensitivity. If you have been the victim of sexual assault or harassment, she encourages you to contact the Dallas law office today.
Even though more and more women continue to come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein, it is still unsure if he will be indicted on sexual misconduct charges. While the NYPD has opened a criminal investigation, there is still uncertainty surrounding what will come of it. One of the most pressing questions is whether or not Weinstein will be hit with civil lawsuits or face criminal charges. There are big differences between the two that are worth noting:
● Criminal charges can only be brought by the federal or state government
○ These charges can result in jail time
● A civil lawsuit occurs when an individual sues another individual, most often for a financial settlement
○ These cases never result in jail time for defendants
○ They are much harder to win because prosecutors must prove the defendant is guilty beyond reasonable doubt
Another thing to keep in mind is that if those bringing claims against Weinstein have not reached settlements in the past, their claims must be within the civil statute of limitations for sexual assault claims in New York (three years) and Los Angeles (two years).
If you have been the victim of any type of sexual assault or misconduct, please contact Janovsky & Associates today. Attorney Janovsky has years of experience representing victims of these crimes and is prepared to do the same for you.