What could happen next for Harvey Weinstein, his accusers: Part 6

"I hope the casting couch will be a thing of the past," Paula Williams told ABC News' "20/20."
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Transcript for What could happen next for Harvey Weinstein, his accusers: Part 6
And get to the heart of what matters. The 50-year-old motion picture industry -- Reporter: Long before there was Harvey Weinstein, there was Louis B. Mayer, the powerful studio chief at mgm during Hollywood's golden era. Louis B. Mayer, is said to have engaged in -- or attempted to engage in inappropriate activities with a very young Judy Garland back in the day. Reporter: And other actresses from Shirley temple to Marilyn Monroe to Joan Collins all said they were victims of sexual harassment. Many of the stories that were told about the moguls of the past were whispered, or never were spoken publicly, or were sort of handed from person to person. People talk about there being a culture of secrecy -- but secrecy is not silence. I think it's a heroic act to go through something humiliating and share that story with a friend, who might be able to share it in a discreet way also to help the next person who came along. Reporter: Women who have long suffered in silence are now coming forward to share their emotional turmoil. I didn't tell anyone. I had shame thinking that a man, a powerful man thought of me in a degrading way, didn't try to get to know me, and just made me feel like trash -- every single time I go to a movie, I see his name on that big screen, it brings me back to and moment when he sexually assaulted me in that bathroom. We all make mistakes. And what happens now for Harvey Weinstein? Legally, many are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Reporter: This week police in New York are reviewing allegations and looking for other victims while police in London have launched an investigation. Worst case for Harvey Weinstein is that more women come forward now with allegations about sexual abuse or sexual assault that happened and that could mean Harvey Weinstein goes to trial and potentially goes to prison. What will change inside of myself, getting an apology from him, and him doing jail time, like any Normal person would get. Reporter: Fade up final scene, the question is will Harvey Weinstein be just another tawdry milestone for Hollywood or a possible breaking point? I hope the casting couch will be a thing of the past. This is a movement. I don't want the next generation to do this and I don't want this to be swept under the carpet. And it doesn't feel good, and we're better than that.

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