During the conversations around the nomination and confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, an alleged attempted rapist, to the Supreme Court, harrowing stories from the #MeToo movement spread across social media. On Wednesday, yet another story emerged in the news to show why that movement is still so painfully necessary.
Text messages reveal GOP official conspired with his girlfriend to drug and assault woman: police
44-year-old Lawrence Jay Weinstein spiked a woman’s wine with hard alcohol before getting her back to his home, where he’d installed a web cam.https://t.co/OjBLm0l9d1
— Eric Bennett (@EricBennett2_0) October 10, 2018
According to The Patch:
‘Lawrence Jay Weinstein, 44, of Cypress Circle, and Kelly A Drucker, of Beacon Hill Drive, surrendered to Bucks County detectives Tuesday afternoon. They are charged with multiple felonies, including violations of the Pennsylvania Wiretap Act. They also are charged with false imprisonment, invasion of privacy, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy.’
Los presuntos implicados fueron identificados como Lawrence Jay Weinstein y Kelly Drucker. https://t.co/gjRAq3uZis
— Telemundo 62 (@Telemundo62) October 10, 2018
Weinstein is well-known in his Pennsylvania community as a former Republican Northampton Township supervisor. Police reports show that he and his girlfriend had a fairly elaborate plot to spike the woman’s drink, take her unconscious body back to Weinstein’s home, and photograph her naked body.
‘County detectives determined the couple started plotting back in October 2017. This resulted in the alleged victim joining Drucker for a dinner at a Mexican restaurant on Nov. 10, 2017. Weinstein didn’t accompany them, investigators said. Instead, he texted his girlfriend to coach her, prosecutors claimed. The alleged plan: spike the victim’s drink with high-proof alcohol so she would be unable to drive, bring her back to Drucker’s residence, and badger her with sexual questions…Once at the home, the woman passed out in a bathroom, which was rigged with a webcam, authorities claimed. Weinstein allegedly instructed Drucker to take pictures of the victim with spy glasses.’
Ex-Northampton GOP Supervisor, Lawrence Jay Weinstein, Got Woman Drunk, Took Nude Photos: Cops. | Northampton, PA Patch https://t.co/LYN1frC5rS
— majii (@miglsi) October 10, 2018
The story is shocking and the details complicated, but drawing comparisons to the standards Kavanaugh’s accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, was held to, it’s important to note that in the experience of Weinstein’s victim, she most likely wouldn’t have remembered where the house was she was taken to, nor would she have DNA evidence to show anyone, and there would be no witnesses to corroborate her story of what happened that night.
Is a young women who survived sexual assault telling a US Senator to listen to her story an example of the "mob?" Is that incivility?
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 10, 2018
This is why the #MeToo movement was formed, and why it’s so important that this moment of solidarity between sexual assault survivors continues.