Harvey Weinstein recently made headlines across the country when it was revealed by the New York Times that he had been accused of sexual abuse by multiple women over decades, for which he had made numerous settlements.
It appears that Weinstein is not the only figure associated with the Weinstein Company to be associated with sex abuse claims. Attorney Benjamin Lawson Adams is currently awaiting trial for allegedly sexually abusing a minor.
Press reports indicate that Adams has pleaded not guilty to the sex crimes charges. Adams was arraigned in September and is currently awaiting trial. He is set to face a ‘pre trial conference’ on November 28.
According to the JD Journal, Adams was arraigned on nine felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts, oral copulation, sexual penetration and sodomy with a minor under 16 years of age. He was also charged with one count of possession of child pornography for material found on his MacBook.
JD Journal recounts that Adams had worked with MGM Studios but was no longer affiliated with the company. Adams is a Pepperdine University School of Law graduate who has also worked as a production counsel for Bunim/Murray Productions and as director of business and legal affairs for The Weinstein Co.
Press reports indicate that during Adams’ time as director of business and legal affairs for The Weinstein Co, he worked on draft agreements for “above-the line talent (e.g. actors, directors, writers, producers).”
Adam’s upcoming trial for serious charges of sexual abuse of a minor and child pornography is particularly alarming in light of the recent scandal surrounding the Weinstein Co’s Harvey Weinstein. Harvey Weinstein has strong connections to the Clintons and Democratic party in addition to his extensive ties within Hollywood’s inner circles.
The misconduct of Weinstein and individuals affiliated with his firm have opened old wounds in Hollywood, which has historically struggled with a series of sex abuse scandals. As the latest scandal threatens to snowball out of control, media celebrities have been widely attacked by both victims and members of the public for their failure to speak out against Weinstein’s behavior.
As the Weinstein scandal continues to unfold, the question will remain – will the system that protected and enabled predators like Harvey be disrupted? If so, can the industry survive the revelations that will inevitably emerge?