Fixing a tattered reputation like Harvey Weinsteins is dirty work, but pays so well | Catherine Bennett

Lisa Bloom and her kind cant be squeamish when whitewashing the rich and powerful Odious Harvey Weinstein is, of course, chief villain of the brilliant and deeply satisfying new book, finally unmasked the alleged his trial is pending serial rapist. Shortly after publication, however, much interest has alighted on another, less familiar figure in this story, who was once as fully committed as Weinstein to silencing and shaming survivors, intimidating reporters and rebuilding his good name: a US lawyer called Lisa Bloom. At the same time as it offers inspiration and guidance to investigative reporters in pursuit of powerful bullies, She Said with its startling new evidence about Blooms involvement also supplies a priceless introduction, for novices, to the business …

Theatre and #MeToo: ‘There’s a new anger in women’s stories’

The Weinstein scandal has inspired several new plays ranging from sharp satire to crass comedy. As the mogul heads to trial, we gauge theatres response Katie Arnstein tells a story of a day at drama school when a tutor told her to perform her graduation show in a bra because Im a blonde with a big chest. It is one of several experiences that informed Arnsteins solo show #MeToo numerous allegations of rape and sexual assault levelled at Harvey Weinstein since 2017. (Allegations he continues to deny in the run-up to his trial in September.) I was inspired by the strength shown by people who have called out abuse in the acting industry, Arnstein says. This play is my version …

Rosanna Arquette: They said I was a pain in the ass. Its not true

Ever since she was abused by Harvey Weinstein, Rosanna Arquette says she has lived in fear. She talks about harassment, the collapse of her career and the thin line between caution and paranoia Rosanna Arquette sounds panicked. She thinks someone wants to stop our conversation taking place. For 30 minutes, a BBC publicist has tried to patch us into a conference call; now, Arquette has taken matters into her own hands and phoned me directly. This is what happens! All the time! she says, her voice rising. There are no pleasantries. Its as if we were already talking before I picked up. Why is it disconnecting every time? she asks. There is something strange here. Really strange. I dont understand …

The #MeToo movement gave a voice to silenced women so why are films about it all made by men?

From the David Mamet play Bitter Wheat to Steven Berkoff s Harvey, how ironic that women directors are being written out of the narrative The #MeToo movement intended to give a voice to the silenced, and one of the more literal ways it is now attempting to do so is through the stage and screen. Theres a John Malkovich will play the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in the David Mamet play another play about is in talks for a #MeToo-themed anthology series called Consent. The stories that were scaremongered, bribed and blackmailed out of the public domain are finally being told and almost entirely by men. There is a churning sense of irony in the fact that a campaign …

Taraji P Henson: ‘Hollywood didn’t grasp my talent’

Harvey Weinstein obstructed her rise now, with her new film What Men Want, she is calling the shots. But what does she make of her Empire co-star Jussie Smolletts hate-crime controversy? On a December morning in Los Angeles, the sun blazes down on a large and abundantly decorated Christmas tree in the parking lot at Paramount Pictures. It is upstaged, though, by the actor Taraji P Henson, who swans past wearing an ensemble that calls to mind the futuristic fashion of the 1970s: steampunk sunglasses, a black tracksuit under a puffy gilet and chunky grey, orange and lime sci-fi pumps, possibly with rocket boosters in the soles. Her hair is arranged in tight braids, some piled on her head, others …