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We are broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which has been surging with appetite from the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement. It was at Sundance two decades ago that film noble Harvey Weinstein allegedly assaulted thespian Rose McGowan. McGowan told The New York Times in Oct that Weinstein offering her $1 million in a hush income remuneration if she sealed a nondisclosure agreement to not come brazen with her charges that he raped her in a hotel room during the 1997 festival. We pronounce with longtime women’s rights profession Gloria Allred, who represents one of the women who have accused President Trump of passionate assault, and underline an mention from a new documentary on her life and path-breaking authorised career, called “Seeing Allred.”
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AMY GOODMAN: We’re broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival here in Park City, Utah, which has been surging with appetite from the #MeToo and #Times Up transformation all week. The week began with hundreds of thousands of women holding to the streets opposite the United States Saturday to symbol the first anniversary of last year’s ancestral Women’s Mar protesting President Trump’s inauguration. Here in Park City, Utah, protesters braved frozen temperatures and a sirocco to take partial in the Respect Rally.
It was here at Sundance two decades ago that film noble Harvey Weinstein allegedly assaulted thespian Rose McGowan. McGowan told The New York Times in Oct Weinstein offering her $1 million in a hush income remuneration if she sealed a nondisclosure agreement to not come brazen with her charges that he raped her in a hotel room during the 1997 Sundance Festival.
Just last year, Weinstein was at Sundance and attended the Women’s Mar here. Weinstein was in city compelling Jay Z’s docuseries Time: The Kalief Browder Story about New York City teen Kalief Browder, who committed self-murder in 2015 after being sent to Rikers jail at age 16 and held for 3 years, much of that time in unique confinement. Last year, we was means to pronounce to Jay Z about Kalief, about Rikers, until Harvey Weinstein finished the interview.
AMY GOODMAN: Do you consider Rikers should be closed?
JAY Z: Oh, man. Well, if anything like that is happening, if one kid—if that happens to one kid, any place that that can occur to any child should be closed.
AMY GOODMAN: And your thoughts on Donald Trump and what it means for—
JAY Z: I’m not going to answer that.
AMY GOODMAN: —or, no, what it means for mass incarceration?
HARVEY WEINSTEIN: All right, guys, that’s enough. Let’s go. You know what? This is a labor of adore for Jay. And as a result, he’s my friend. We’re here to pronounce about that and zero else.
AMY GOODMAN: Then, can we ask about mass incarceration?
HARVEY WEINSTEIN: We’ve finished it. We’ve finished it. Thanks, guys. Thanks.
AMY GOODMAN: And do you consider the transformation is—OK.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Thanks, guys.
AMY GOODMAN: That was last year, as Harvey Weinstein took Jay Z divided from the interview.
Well, this year, one of the protesters at Saturday’s Women’s Mar here in Park City, Utah, was longtime women’s rights profession Gloria Allred. Allred is one of the many absolute advocates for survivors of passionate assault, and a survivor herself. She now represents one of the women who have accused President Trump of passionate assault. Her daughter, profession Lisa Bloom, was an confidant to Weinstein and has apologized for that since. During Gloria Allred’s debate on Saturday at the Respect Rally, Allred called for thoroughfare of the Equal Rights Amendment.
GLORIA ALLRED: We direct the thoroughfare of the Equal Rights Amendment, that equivalence of rights shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on criticism of sex. Resist!
GLORIA ALLRED: Persist!
GLORIA ALLRED: Elect!
GLORIA ALLRED: And don’t forget insist. Insist! And let me tell you, Utah, we have 36 states who have validated the Equal Rights Amendment, many recently Nevada. And now it is time for Utah. Resist!
GLORIA ALLRED: Insist!
GLORIA ALLRED: Persist!
GLORIA ALLRED: Elect!
GLORIA ALLRED: And give a conference to the ERA in Utah. Yes, let’s hear it! We need you to be the 37th state. We need 38th. Let me tell you, no one has ever given women their rights. The women who fought for the right to vote, suffrage, the 19th Amendment, had to fight for 72 years to win the right to vote. And we have been fighting for almost 95 years just to put women in the Constitution to strengthen the rights of the daughters. And we are going to have it. We are going to fight to win it. We are going to make certain that, from the White House to the Congress to state capitols to the workplaces to the homes, that we are going to mount for insurance in the Constitution for women and equal rights.
AMY GOODMAN: That’s longtime women’s rights profession Gloria Allred speaking at the Women’s Mar here in Park City, Utah, Saturday. She was at the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of a documentary about her life and path-breaking authorised career. The film is called Seeing Allred. This is the trailer.
GLORIA ALLRED: I am so unapproachable of all of the women who have had the bravery to pronounce out. Rich, famous, absolute men have to know there are rules, there are boundaries. They must honour those boundaries. This has got to end, and it needs to finish right now. There is a fight on women. Women count on me to be clever and to claim and strengthen their rights.
DIANE SAWYER: Joining us now…
NEWS ANCHOR: Civil rights attorney.
WENDY WILLIAMS: Please acquire Gloria Allred.
UNIDENTIFIED: She talked about passionate harassment, race, women’s rights, when nobody wanted to pronounce about it.
GLORIA ALLRED: He thinks no some-more women will come forward. He is very wrong. Power only understands power. Fighting misapplication is a joining that we done many years ago.
LISE-LOTTE LUBLIN: She understands what we are experiencing formed on what she had gifted herself.
GLORIA ALLRED: What happened to me was positively shocking. To this day, we can’t even consider about it.
INTERVIEWER: Is this getting too personal?
GLORIA ALLRED: My joining to women comes from my own life experience.
UNIDENTIFIED: I have this venom toward Gloria Allred.
KEITH ROBINSON: Whenever you see Allred, you know somebody’s lying.
GLORIA ALLRED: [as a Simpsons character] That’s assault! That is assault!
GLORIA STEINEM: I consider Gloria enjoys conflict. This creates her a good champion for us.
UNIDENTIFIED: People contend she’s loud, she’s got an ego, she must just adore the camera.
UNIDENTIFIED: She’s trying to spin women into men!
GLORIA ALLRED: I think, secretly, you enviousness women, and you fear them!
UNIDENTIFIED: I just say, haven’t you met any men like that?
GLORIA ALLRED: You should use these resources to detain these fathers who are not profitable their child support.
DENISE BROWN: If it wouldn’t have been for Gloria, Nicole would have always been just that person on the gurney.
GLORIA ALLRED: We merit to know if Mr. Cosby is a passionate predator. This is not state law as we see it. Hopefully, next year, you can issue the matrimony license. If we help people develop from being a victim to apropos a survivor, to apropos a warrior for change. Women are now empowered, and they will never be wordless again.
AMY GOODMAN: So, that’s the trailer for Seeing Allred, the documentary film on the mythological women’s rights profession Gloria Allred. It comes out on Netflix on Feb 9th. But the film did just premiere here at the Sundance Film Festival. After Gloria Allred walked off the stage, in the midst of the sirocco and frozen weather on Saturday, we got a possibility to pronounce with her at Saturday’s rally.
GLORIA ALLRED: I’m profession Gloria Allred. And I’m a women’s rights attorney, and we have been for 42 years.
AMY GOODMAN: And you represent some of the women who have charged Trump with passionate assault. That’s the president.
GLORIA ALLRED: I represent one woman, Summer Zervos, who is one of the women who spoke out in anxiety to then-Mr. Trump during the campaign and done allegations that he intent in sexually inapt control with her. He then called her and all of the women who spoke out liars, and pronounced it was phony and fiction, and he would sue them all after the election. He did not sue them.
I called on him, after the election, to redress his threats to sue and his matter that they were all liars. He did not do that. So, on interest of Summer Zervos, we filed the insult lawsuit in New York. And it is now tentative before the court. He’s done a suit to dismiss. We have filed the opposition. We have supposing the verbal evidence in a hearing, and we are available the court’s decision as to either we will be available to ensue with this insult lawsuit against Mr. Trump, President Trump.
AMY GOODMAN: Does the boss have immunity?
GLORIA ALLRED: The boss has argued that he has authorised shield as boss of the United States. In response, of course, we argued that that issue has been motionless in the case of Paula Jones v. President Clinton, wherein the United States Supreme Court pronounced that no man is above the law, including the boss of the United States, for unaccepted acts. We disagree that if we can infer insult and that he pronounced what he pronounced before to apropos boss of the United States, that’s an unaccepted act and that he should not enjoy authorised immunity.
One of his other arguments was that he’s boss 24/7, essentially, is too bustling to be fortifying lawsuits. Our response to that is, we will be very deferential of the president’s schedule, and in the eventuality that we are available to take his deposition, his testimony under oath, we’ll even be peaceful to do it at Mar-a-Lago between rounds of golf.
AMY GOODMAN: Why is it so critical to take on the boss of the United States at this point? And your thoughts on the fact that 16 women came brazen and charged Donald Trump with several acts of passionate misbehavior, passionate attack and harassment, and he became boss after that?
GLORIA ALLRED: The reason that we filed this lawsuit is given law matters. And that’s since we are posterior this lawsuit. we am very unapproachable of all of the women who came brazen in the last year and a half against rich, powerful, famous men, and done the allegations of the misapplication that they felt that they had suffered in their lives. Truth matters to them, too. And women are going to continue to pronounce out.
AMY GOODMAN: Will other women be coming forward, do you know of, against President Trump?
GLORIA ALLRED: I have no criticism on that.
AMY GOODMAN: And what did Summer Zervos charge that Donald Trump did to her?
GLORIA ALLRED: We’re not going to be going into that. We have done all of the allegations in the censure in the lawsuit, that is on file. But I’m unapproachable of all of the bravery of all of the women.
AMY GOODMAN: So, all the women came forward. Donald Trump became president. But at the same time, the #MeToo transformation just detonate on the scene. And now the 16 women who have come out, speaking, charging President Trump with several allegations of attack and nuisance and misconduct, are at it again. They’re going around for a second shot to say, “Take us seriously.” They wish a congressional investigation.
GLORIA ALLRED: Well, some are speaking out. Some are not speaking out. But they spoke what they pronounced was the law about their lives. And we consider that’s what’s important. We have listened them. We will continue to hear them. And not only against and about President Trump, but about other absolute men who have harm them in their lives, who have crossed boundaries, who have shown a miss of respect, who have not been intent in affording them their rights, but instead in denying them their rights.
So, women will never be wordless again. They are empowered in a way that they’ve never been before. And we’re going to win change. We have already won some changes, given women have not allowed that fear to be used as a arms to overpower them. And we’re going to win even some-more in the years ahead.
AMY GOODMAN: Gloria Allred, you’re here at the Sundance Film Festival, where there is a film premiering about you.
GLORIA ALLRED: Yes.
AMY GOODMAN: Allred.
GLORIA ALLRED: There it is: Seeing Allred.
AMY GOODMAN: Seeing Allred.
GLORIA ALLRED: Yes. I’m just respected that this documentary, which has been in the works for 3 years, covering many of my battles for probity for women, is going to be launched this weekend, and then on Feb 9th on Netflix. And it’s in the documentary competition, so we were respected to be selected. Out of 2,000 entries, we understand, 16 were placed in the competition. Ours is one of them. we just wish that it helps to enthuse women when they see these other women in the film, some of them my clients, some of them not my clients, saying, “We direct change.”
AMY GOODMAN: What has encouraged you personally, your own life experiences, that led you to represent so many women holding on absolute men?
GLORIA ALLRED: Because we satisfied how much is at stake. we know my own life experiences, and we have suffered in many ways that other women have. And all we can contend is, what we wish is for women to pierce from apropos just victims to apropos survivors, to apropos fighters for change. This is a transformative moment, and they are apropos fighters for change.
AMY GOODMAN: Did you ever design to see this moment?
GLORIA ALLRED: It is a process, and we have been operative in this routine for 42 years. But this is a very major moment. And there’s a sputter effect. The call has been coming in for a prolonged time. Now it’s a tsunami. And women will never be silenced again.
AMY GOODMAN: That’s mythological women’s rights profession Gloria Allred. Coming up, Jane Fonda. Stay with us.[break]
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