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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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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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A shooting that occurred over the weekend in Compton, California has sparked shock, alarm, and outrage.

The shooting occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday at MLK Transit Center in Compton. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the gunman made his way toward the passenger’s side of the deputies’ car and shot two deputies with a pistol without precedent.

One of the victims is a 31-year-old mother.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s department tweeted surveillance footage of the shooting which also captured the gunman fleeing the scene.

According to reports, the gunman fired into the deputies’ car without pretext.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Alex Villanueva, the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

According to Villanueva, both of the deputies (Claudia Apolinar a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man) were sworn in just 14 months ago and are in critical condition at the hospital. According to the sheriff’s department both are “fighting for their lives” but “it looks like they’re going to be able to recover.”

Apolinar and her partner were both shot at close range. Apolinar was shot in the face and torso and her partner sustained multiple gunshot wounds Seeing that he was in need of immediate medical treatment, Apolinar managed to make a tourniquet for him before medics arrived.

According to the New York Post, Apolinar is a former librarian who graduated from the academy last year.

“We’ll see what the long-term impact is. We don’t know that yet, but they survived the worst,” Villanueva explained.

Local officials have announced a $100,000 reward for information on the gunman and his whereabouts.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke out against the attack and condemned it in a statement calling “Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on.”

Speaking about the incident, Democratic US Rep. Adam Schiff called the attack “cowardly.”

“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” Schiff stated in a post shared to Twitter. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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In early 2019, “Empire “actor Jussie Smollett found himself thrust into the public spotlight of scrutiny after it was reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime. His original claim initially prompted public outrage and a flood of support from fans. Then, nearly three weeks later, the public was shocked to learn that Smollett had been charged with disorderly conduct and the false filing of a police report after it was determined that the attack had been staged. Worse? Officials suspected that Smollett himself had choreographed the entire attack from start to finish. In March of 2019, the actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report that claimed two men attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Since then, the charges against Smollett have been dropped but his reputation remains tarnished. The court of public opinion has determined that he is a liar and fabricator. Ultimately he was dropped from his role on his show and he has remained relatively silent about the issue.

Now, a year after the alleged attack Smollett is speaking out about the controversy in a rare interview.

On Wednesday, the actor made an appearance in an Instagram Live conversation with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill. During the interview, Smollett addressed his ongoing trial calling the situation “frustrating, to say the least.”

“It’s been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue,” Smollett explained. “I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don’t really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. … It’s so much bigger than me.”

Smollett went onto share what the past year has done to him and shared that his legal team recently filed a motion against his indictment. The motion is set to be reviewed in court on Thursday. “I believe I have to give it up to God,” Smollett explained before adding that he thinks the legal motion will fall in his favor.

“They won’t let this go,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter — there is an example being made. And the sad part is that there’s an example being made of someone who did not do what they are being accused of.”

Addressing accusations that his original claims were all a hoax, Smollett said that “From the very, very beginning, it was set up to seem like I was lying about something or everything.”

Smollett claimed “there would be no reason for me to do this” and called the accusations “bulls—,” before adding that the “last thing” hew would ever want to do is “be portrayed as a victim.”

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