'Not long after the Walt Disney Company bought Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s company Miramax in 1993, convicted child molester Victor Salva was pegged to direct Disney’s film Powder.
This is important to note because Disney now faces potential lawsuits for doing nothing about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged predatory behavior if Disney knew or had reason to know, and Weinstein stayed on with Disney to helm Miramax until 2005.
Salva was convicted in 1988 of sexually molesting a 12-year-old actor who was starring in one of his films – and for possessing child pornography.
The conviction didn’t stop Disney from placing Salva in a director’s chair with access to young actors.
“As controversy swirled around filmmaker Victor Salva, who pleaded guilty in 1988 to molesting a boy on the set of his low-budget picture ‘Clownhouse,’ Salva’s agent said that a good showing at the box office may salvage the 37-year-old director’s career,” the LA Times reported on Oct. 31, 1995. “’At least three studios are meeting with him. One has already given Victor scripts to read,’ said his agent, David Gersh, who declined to name the studios.”
Reread that again. THREE studios had no problem hiring a convicted child molester as long as he produced “a good showing at the box office.”'
Read more: During Weinstein Years, Disney Hired Child Molester to Direct Film
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