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VEDANTAM: They drove to Horovitz’s house and went inside.
MEINHARDT: We just locked the door, and then immediately, like, stuck his tongue down my mouth. And I remember just feeling so trapped.
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VEDANTAM: Even as she wept, Meinhardt says, Horovitz took her upstairs and had sex with her.
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VEDANTAM: When women found their stories made no difference, other women received a clear message shut up, stay silent.
PALUCK: That is the kind of social proof that used to inform women’s decisions about reporting sexual harassment.
VEDANTAM: In 1994, Jana Mestecky was 20 years old. She says Horovitz tried to forcibly kiss her and Canada Goose Outlet draw her into a bedroom. The outcome of the 1993 news story provided her with proof canada goose black friday sale about what would happen if canada goose uk shop she spoke out.
JANA MESTECKY: I knew that you put yourself out there, and there will be nothing done other than you lose your job and you’re bullied out of it.
cheap Canada Goose VEDANTAM: So what’s changed? Why are so many women speaking out today? To understand that, consider the story of Maia Ermansons. She met Horovitz when she was 11 and thought of him as a mentor and grandfatherly figure. But in 2016, Canada Goose sale when Ermansons was 21, she says Horovitz came over to her apartment to discuss some plays. He then forcibly kissed her and touched her breasts. Ermansons resisted.
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VEDANTAM: Ermansons blasted out a Facebook post about the experience. She described what had happened but didn’t name Horovitz. canada goose clearance That might have been where the story ended. But then news broke about the «Access Hollywood» tape in which Donald Trump brags about assaulting women.
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VEDANTAM: She went back to her original post and named the playwright. Soon other women came forward, and in late 2017, The New York Times published their allegations. This time, theater companies canceled production of Horovitz’s plays. The Gloucester Stage Company, which he’d founded, severed all ties.