Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was perp-walked on Friday morning as he turned himself in to police in New York City.
As he was taken to court for his arraignment on rape charges, a few people noticed that Weinstein was carrying a biography of controversial Hollywood director Elia Kazan — and they wondered whether he could be sending a message. (RELATED: WATCH: Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself In To NY Police, Charged With Rape)
One of the books Harvey Weinstein was carrying during his surrender was a biography of director Elia Kazan, a famous informant of Hollywood Blacklist era https://t.co/4t8rBYlJy3
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 25, 2018
A former member of the Communist Party himself, Kazan gave eight names of other party members when he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1952.
Some assumed that Weinstein was attempting to suggest that he was being persecuted, as Kazan was also accused of questionable behavior toward women.
Glorious to see Harvey Weinstein doing his perp walk this morning and since he probably was carrying that biography of Elia Kazan to claim victimhood, just a reminder that more than 80 women have accused him of inappropriate acts.
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) May 25, 2018
What’s the significance of Weinstein carrying in a book by Elia Kazan? To claim persecution?
— Jamie Klingler (@jamieklingler) May 25, 2018
But others thought his purpose might be more devious, and may have been a warning that he was prepared to name names as well.
What a sick man…he knows what he’s doing and the message he’s trying to send. For years when people would discover his history of predation he would threaten them with their own secrets. https://t.co/331SfsOkl1
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) May 25, 2018
Just Asking: Is the message Harvey Weinstein was sending by holding a copy of the bio of Elia Kazan at his arraignment, “I can name names, too”?
— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 25, 2018
Weinstein forked over $1 million and his passport, and agreed to electronic monitoring. His allowable travel radius includes only New York and Connecticut.