She Said

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by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

The amazing untold tale of Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey's research and its ramifications for the #MeToo movement, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times.

Reporters have been trying to get the truth about Harvey Weinstein's treatment of women for years. Rumors of impropriety have been circulating for quite some time. However, when Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey launched their New York Times investigation into the iconic Hollywood producer in 2017, his name was still associated with power. Many serious and long-buried charges were found during months of confidential interviews with prominent actresses, former Weinstein staff, and other sources, and a labyrinth of onerous covert settlements and nondisclosure agreements was disclosed. These shady settlements had long been used to conceal sexual harassment and abuse, but Kantor and Twohey managed to bring it to light using a groundbreaking reporting approach. Weinstein, on the other hand, had eluded scrutiny in the past and was not going down without a fight; he enlisted the help of a group of high-profile attorneys, private detectives, and other supporters to hinder the probe. When Kantor and Twohey eventually persuaded several sources to speak on the record, the stage was set for a dramatic final battle between Weinstein and the New York Times.

Nothing could have prepared Kantor and Twohey for what happened after their first Weinstein report was published on October 5, 2017. Within days, a Pandora's box of sexual harassment and abuse had been unlocked. Women from all across the world shared their own tragic experiences. Hundreds of men from all walks of life and industries were outed during the next twelve months as a result of claims of misbehaviour. But, did too much—or not enough—change occur? Those questions lingered months later, when Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court and Christine Blasey Ford testified that he had sexually assaulted her decades before. The journey that prompted Ford to come forward, the immense pressures that came to bear on her, and what transpired when she shared her claim with the public are detailed by Kantor and Twohey, who had unparalleled access to Ford and her team.

She Said offers a riveting narrative about the power of truth, with surprising new facts from hidden sources, in the spirit of great investigative journalism. Kantor and Twohey recount not just the #MeToo movement's ramifications as a result of their reporting, but also the remarkable and moving journeys of the women who spoke up—for the benefit of other women, future generations, and themselves.

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