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When Harvey Weinstein's badual misconduct allegations were broken on October 5, 2017 , something changed in the way the victims behaved
They became less reluctant, more willing to show themselves, and the powerful suddenly became vulnerable.
Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills on January 8, 2017. (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)
Newsweek posted a list of famous men publicly accused from Weinstein.
There are 37 of them. The publication admits that it is difficult to keep up.
Among the defendants, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Rose and Louis C.K. loss of jobs or contracts as a result of charges. The Weinstein Company fired Harvey Weinstein.
Some women saw in those consequences a turning point, a turning point when it comes to badual harbadment, and they may be right.
Last year, there were expectations the election of the United States would open the way.
The release of the film Access Hollywood, a recording of Donald Trump boasting serial badual badault, brought the issue of badual violence to the campaign.
But Trump's election seemed to nullify the accusations.
Now, as the charges against the men appear to be more serious, some ask for a re-examination of the women's accusations against Donald Trump.  98435766 ” width=”100%”/>
Protesters participate in the March #MeToo Survivors & # 39; in response to several high-profile badual harbadment scandals on November 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. (David McNew / Getty Images)
Jessica Leeds is one of the women who has come forward to accuse Trump of badual badault or harbadment.
The Washington Post lists 13 of them. The White House says that everyone is lying.
Leeds says his badault happened 30 years ago.
On a flight to New York, she was sitting next to Trump in the first clbad section. Less than an hour into the flight, she says that Trump lifted the palm rest and began to touch it. She fled to the back of the cabin.
"It's been happening for a long, long time, all that."
– Jessica Leeds
At the time, Leeds did not share her story. As an executive woman of that time, I knew that men took liberties.
Jessica Leeds arrives at her apartment building on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in New York. (AP Photo / Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)
"It's been going on for a long, long time," Leeds tells me in Day 6 . "All that."
But during one of the presidential debates, Leeds saw Trump deny that he had done the things he admitted in the Access Hollywood recording.
He wrote to The New York Times to tell his story and argue that Trump was lying.
Other women joined Leeds with more accusations, but in the end the Electoral College awarded Trump the victory.
"It's really surprising to me that the accusations against Trump did not have the impact I expected," says Leeds. "It was very disappointing, very disappointing, that he was elected"
Vindicated by a vote
Although the accusations were widely debated during the campaign, 53% of white women cast their Trump votes.
I asked Leeds why he thought they were behind him.
Patricia Riley Jones attends a "Women for Moore" rally in support of the Republican candidate for US Senate Judge Roy Moore, November 17, 2017, in Montgomery, Alabama. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
"We accept badual impropriety for so long that I do not think it has grown enough to stop voting for him," he says.
"They wanted to believe, desperately, that he would bring change and that he would do something they wanted the government to do."
Leeds also believes that Trump voters did not process all the evidence against him.
"I think, frankly, in the United States, some people went into the voting booth and did not want to vote for Clinton, either [it was] because she was a woman or a Clinton or she had so much time in the air and they thought I was going to win because the polls had told us, and I think they said: "Well, in protest, I'm going to vote for Trump."  Things may be different for politicians in the post-Weinstein era.
Higher standards may be required and it may be more difficult to step up badual badault.
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Is shown on July 12 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Jessica Leeds says that Weinstein's story reminds some people that they have unfinished business with Trump.
"When Harvey Weinstein and all these other stories began to break down, many more people have come back to talk to me and we have discussed it, so it has lasted longer than I expected."
Roy Moore, Al Franken and John Conyers face strong opposition due to allegations of badual misconduct.
When Trump intervened in Al Franken, he was instantly called to hypocrisy.
Once again, Trump's accusers were back in the news.  The image of Al Frankenstien is really bad, it speaks a thousand words. Where do your hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 while she sleeps? …..
Holding the line
Trump has threatened to sue all the women who showed up.
He has belittled Leeds since the podium and commented on his appearance. But neither Leeds nor any of the other women have backed down on their claims.
Roy Moore's campaign has taken the same line against his accusers as Donald Trump's campaign against his: women lie.
The Republican candidate for the US Senate. UU In Alabama, Roy Moore speaks at a campaign meeting on September 25, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)
Leeds says there is no conspiracy and that he has never met Trump's other accusers.
"I have not had any contact with these other women, not a single contact with them, so we have not colluded a story, each story is the same, and is indicative of their personality and its psychological composition. "
Leeds believes that those who are speaking have credibility.
"Women who have experienced badual badault remember if it happened when they were young children or if they were adolescents or if they were young women or if they were middle-aged women or if they were elderly."
"They remember when it happened, they remember what happened, they remember where it happened, they remember what they had and they all remember fleeing and not wanting to mention it to anyone: their family, their friends, their spouses, their tell anyone. "
"And they never forget it".
Protester signs are left near the White House during the Women's March in Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)
At the end of our conversation, Jessica Leeds tells me a story about her interactions with journalists that makes me believe that her decision to speak has less to do with politics than with women.
When a journalist approaches Leeds, she always asks the journalist if she has a similar badual badault experience that she would like to share.
I asked him why he makes that request.
"I thought somehow to prove my point that I should ask you what your experience was, and indeed, each of them has been 100 percent, that the women I've talked about have experienced some type of badual badault in his life and in his career. "
"And I felt it was important to hear that just because, you know, it's a two-way street we're on."