In a Recent Interview, Harvey Weinstein Calls Himself “The Forgotten Man” and Claims He Was a Champion of Women
If you thought you heard the last of Harvey Weinstein, you were sadly mistaken. On Sunday, the disgraced former Hollywood producer sat down with The New York Post to defend his legacy. He also used the interview as an opportunity to hit back against accusations that he was exaggerating his injuries for public sympathy.
In the December 15th interview, Weinstein called himself “the forgotten man” and lamented the fact that his “work has been forgotten” due to the avalanche of allegations that came out against him starting in 2017. “I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago,” Weinstein told The New York Post. “I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!”
According to The Post, Weinstein refused to address the allegations against him during the interview.
Weinstein is facing criminal charges over claims that he raped a woman in a hotel room in 2013 and sexual assaulted another woman in 2006. These are just two of dozens of allegations that have been publicly made against Weinstein. At his December 11th court appearance, his bail was raised to $2 million based off claims that he has been violating his ankle bracelet monitoring requirements.
According to the publication, Weinstein only agreed to the interview so he could set the record straight about the state of his health. According to Weinstein, he was forced to rely on a walker to attend his December 11th trial because of the recent surgery he underwent to address an injury he sustained from a car accident. “This was a major operation,” he told the Post.
In a shockingly tone-deaf move, Weinstein referred to Gwyneth Paltrow as one of the women whose careers he championed during his glory days.
“Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003 got $10 million to make a movie called ‘View from the Top,’ ” he said. “She was the highest-paid female actor in an independent film. Higher-paid than all the men”. Paltrow has previously gone on record to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing her while she was an up-and-coming actor in the 90s.
As for his accusers, they refused to remain silent in the face of such outrageous claims.
Over 20 of Weinstein’s accusers quickly responded to his interview, signing a statement condemning his comments. “[Weinstein] says in a new interview he doesn’t want to be forgotten. Well, he won’t be,” the statement read. “He will be remembered as a sexual predator and an unrepentant abuser who took everything and deserves nothing. He will be remembered by the collective will of countless women who stood up and said enough.”
Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd also took to Twitter to address the shocking Post interview. “What Harvey Weinstein has said…is a classic example of DARVO. Denying. Attacking. Reversing. Victim. Order,” Judd wrote. “It is a predatorial strategy that seeks to shift attention away from his criminal behavior and put his toxic shame onto survivor victims.”
Rose McGowan, another actress who has accused Weinstein of sexual assault, also addressed Weinstein’s comments. “I didn’t forget you, Harvey. My body didn’t forget you. I wish it could,” she said.
Although Weinstein’s next court date is set for January, the former mogul still chooses to live in the past, when he was a successful and powerful producer.
“[The Weinstein Compay] was a company that took social issues and tackled them,” he told the New York Post. In another part of the interview, he confessed that he wanted New York “to recognize who I was instead of what I’ve become”. Based on the public reaction to his interview, that is simply wishful thinking.
Hollywood wasn’t the only group to condemn Weinstein’s comments.
Twitter was also appalled at the lack of self-awareness Weinstein displayed in his ill-conceived PR play with The New York Post.
This person was quick to point out Weinstein’s obvious lack of remorse for his actions:
It’s truly disappointing that this man can’t see the damage he’s done to countless women’s lives.
This person is skeptical of his claims of “major” health problems.
It seems rather convenient that he’s suddenly relying on a walker to move around. Especially when there’s recent evidence that he can get around without it.
This person assured Weinstein that he would never be a “forgotten” man:
The legacy of his evil deeds will live on long past the legacy of his movies.
This person is shocked that Weinstein is still thinking of his career when so many lives have been destroyed:
Just when you think this man can’t get any more twisted, he proves that his mind is darker than we could have imagined.
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