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    Embattled Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused by more than eighty women of sexual misconduct, has unexpectedly returned from media oblivion.

    British television presenter Piers Morgan has told GQ magazine he had spoken with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein

    "I've spoken to Harvey in the clinic in Arizona, for about an hour. He's fighting," Morgan said.

    Touching upon sexual misconduct allegations that were lodged against Weinstein, Morgan claimed that "this has been the system since Hollywood existed."

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    "It's been a moral cesspit since the '20s, and the idea that Harvey Weinstein is the only villain? Do me a favor. […] Look at Mel Gibson: ultimately Harvey believes he will be forgiven," Morgan underlined.

    Most Twitter users weighing in on the issue have expressed opinions to the contrary, insisting that Weinstein should face punishment instead of forgiveness. 

    In October 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker reported about dozens of women who had accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, sexual assault or rape. By the time everyone who shared their sentiments had stepped forward, more than 80 women working in the industry were claiming that Weinstein had targeted them.

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    As a result, Weinstein was dismissed by The Weinstein Company, and expelled from professional associations, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    American/Australian actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson sparked public uproar in August 2006 after unleashing an anti-Semitic tirade during his arrest for drunk driving; later that month, he was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty. Gibson rose back to fame in 2017, when he was awarded a best director nomination for his film Hacksaw Ridge in 2017.


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