I guess when your asshole ways have you facing life in prison, you have to pick and choose when to defend your horrid name in order to maybe (?) have a chance at getting out of the slammer before you’re six feet under. Harvey Weinstein may be the original festering fungus that got the #metoo movement ball rolling, and there may be a phone book’s worth of names of women who allege he forced them into pretty horrific sexual scenarios, but he now claims “FAKE NEWS!” about an article that says he admitted to exchanging parts in a movie for sex.
TMZ claims Harvey says an article in The Spectator ain’t true because it claimed to have a quote from him where he said he gave parts in his movies to actresses who had sex with him – a practice that he said goes on by everyone in Hollywood. The Harvey quote went like this:
“I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere … no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood. Yes I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone. But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman.”
Harvey’s lawyer Ben Brafman was there for the whole interview with reporter Taki, and he said they never even talked about Harvey’s ongoing legal trouble because he would have never let the interview go there. Instead, they mainly talked about the culture clash of Old Hollywood and Europe…yeah, because THAT is why a reporter would want to have a sitdown with Harvey:
“They talked about old Hollywood and the contrast to European culture and I think Taki sees Harvey in that older light. Mr. Weinstein never said anything about trading movie roles for sexual favors.”
Ben claims he reached out to Taki, who already issued a retraction and said he “may have misrepresented Harvey Weinstein’s conversation.” To which I’m sure every woman in Hollywood responded, “Ehhhh…did you, though?”