OSCAR winning actress Emma Thompson has compared Harvey Weinstein to child abuser Jimmy Savile.
In an interview with Newsnight , Thompson described the allegations as "endemic to the system," adding that Weinstein is the "tip of the iceberg" of what goes on in the movie business.
I tend to not read stories about crimes, especially ones related to sexual offences, but you'd have to be on Mars not to have read or seen at least one story about Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul who has spent his whole life using his position to abuse women, according to the many allegations against him.
From the horrors of Jimmy Saville's actions to these latest lurid allegations against Weinstien, the one positive I take from all these kind of stories is that more and more things are coming out into the open. The light is being shone, where only darkness prevailed.
People like Saville got away with their crimes due to their position and the power that gave them. They didn't even really hide their actions as many people had suspicious about Saville and again, many people in Hollywood were aware of Weinstein. A joke was even made about this at a awards ceremony a few years ago.
I think until such a time when science is able to re-wire brains of sexual predators, these crimes will continue, but I do detect a major change in recent years. The change being that those in power who commit these crimes may not get away with them now and increasingly, will get stopped and punished for their actions.
A lot of focus is on Hollywood and other rumours are abound against other potential predators, although at the moment these are all related to crimes against adults. I've never known Hollywood to use ugly children in their films, just wait for that one to explode...
From rumours about prominent politicians like Cyril Smith, prime ministers like Edward Heath and even members of the Royal Family like Mountbatten and his alleged actions in Ireland (supposedly this was the reason the IRA gunned him down.) Those in power have always used their positions to carry out their nefarious actions.
Is the age of the sexual predator coming to an end? What I mean by that, is, not that their won't be any such people in the future, but that when people, especially those in powerful positions, abuse those positions and carry out sex crimes (or other crimes) they will get stopped and meet justice.