Harvey Weinstein admitted for the first time that he did offer actresses acting jobs in exchange for sex, but said he’s not the only one doing so.
The disgraced movie mogul, who pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in June, told the Spectator his behavior is the norm in Hollywood.
“You were born rich and privileged and you were handsome. I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere,” Weinstein told Taki of the Spectator. “You got lotsa girls, no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood.”
He then admitted,
“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.”
Weinstein, accompanied by his lawyer Ben Brafman, also alleged that two of his most outspoken accusers, Rose McGowan and Asia Argento, were lying when McGowan claimed Argento had an open relationship with late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain.
“Her friend McGowan claimed that Asia and Anthony had an open relationship,” Taki wrote of his conversation with Weinstein. “It was obviously not true, says Harvey, but dead men tell no tales, so the girls made it up.”
The interview comes nearly two months after Weinstein entered a not guilty plea at a New York courthouse on June 5, when he was arraigned on rape and criminal sex act charges.
The hearing in Manhattan came after a grand jury indicted the former movie mogul on charges involving two women.
One alleged victim, who has not been identified publicly, told investigators that Weinstein cornered her in a hotel room and raped her. The other accuser, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of Weinstein allegedly forcing her to perform oral sex at his office in 2004.
Dozens more women have accused him of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault.
The 66-year-old Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. His lawyer has challenged the credibility of his alleged victims and says his client is confident he is going to clear his name.
Brafman called the rape allegation “absurd,” saying that the accuser and Weinstein had a decade-long, consensual sexual relationship that continued after the alleged 2013 attack.
Weinstein is out on $1 million bail.
Meanwhile, Bob and disgraced Harvey Weinstein, who faces life in prison for multiple counts of sexual assault, reunited with Michael Moore for his new propaganda film, Fahrenheit 11/9.
The birds of a feather shopped the film to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. Moore and the Weinsteins scored a massive hit with Fahrenheit 9/11, which won the Palme D’or at Cannes and went on to become the highest-grossing documentary of all time.
Meanwhile, a potential legal battle is brewing between Michael Moore and Harvey and Bob Weinstein over Fahrenheit 11/9, the sequel Moore is making to his 2004 film, which became the biggest grossing documentary of all time.
Titled Fahrenheit 11/9 to commemorate the day Donald Trump pulled off a shocking victory to become U.S. president, the new film focuses on how it happened and all the chaos that followed in Trump’s first year in office. The Weinsteins have controls over the docu, and sources said they are right now blocking Moore and his WME reps from being able to set the film with a theatrical distributor or a premium broadcast outlet. For details on the looming legal battle, click here.
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July 13th, 2018