Just weeks before his trial on rape and sexual assault charges is set to begin in New York on January 6, former Miramax and the Weinstein Company chief Harvey Weinstein says he’s not getting the credit he deserves for supporting women in the film industry.
“I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker,” he told the New York Post in his first interview in over a year. “And I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!”
Weinstein granted the interview in a luxury wing of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center where he was recovering from back surgery to dismiss allegations that he was hamming up his illness when he appeared in court supporting himself with a walker last week (though he was recently seen shopping around town at night without the walker).
When asked about the more than 80 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, he repeatedly threatened to end the interview, but did continue to tout what he says he’s done for women over the years.
“Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003 got $10 million [from Miramax] to make a movie called View from the Top,” Weinstein said. “She was the highest-paid female actor in an independent film. Higher-paid than all the men.”
Though Paltrow isn’t suing Weinstein, she has accused him of luring her to his hotel room for a business meeting and then trying to give her a massage in 1994, when she was 22.
“I feel like the forgotten man,’’ he said. “It all got eviscerated because of what happened. My work has been forgotten.’’
Weinstein’s accusers did not take kindly to that sentiment. In a statement signed by 23 of his alleged victims, including Rosanna Arquette and Ashley Judd, they said, “Harvey Weinstein is trying to gaslight society again.”
In response to an interview published today in @nypost's @PageSix, 23 women who came forward to report Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct have issued the following statement: pic.twitter.com/lX1E2W2KWT
— TIME'S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) December 16, 2019
“I didn’t forget you, Harvey,” actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her, tweeted. “My body didn’t forget you. I wish it could. I refused to sign an NDA after it happened because I knew I would come for you. And I did. This is about stopping a prolific rapist. You.”
I didn’t forget you, Harvey. My body didn’t forget you. I wish it could. I refused to sign an NDA after it happened because I knew I would come for you. And I did. This is about stopping a prolific rapist. You.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) December 16, 2019
Former Santa Clarita Congresswoman Katie Hill, who claims that her estranged husband distributed nude photos of her, ultimately forcing her to resign her seat in October, wrote, “I can think of a lot of things #harveyweinstein deserves. A pat on the back is not one of them. Jail time would be a good start, but my mind is a lot darker & more creative than that.”
My jaw literally dropped when I read this headline.
I can think of a lot of things #harveyweinstein deserves. A pat on the back is not one of them.
Jail time would be a good start, but my mind is a lot darker & more creative than that. https://t.co/W9tuzo3P7M
— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) December 16, 2019
Weinstein has maintained his innocence on all charges. “I want this city to recognize who I was instead of what I’ve become,” he said.
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