Harvey Weinstein’s attorney has denied the disgraced producer admitted offering acting roles in exchange for sex.
Columnist Taki Theodoracopulos published an interview in which the 66-year-old reportedly confessed to sleeping with actresses and repaying them with film roles.
But his lawyer has told Yahoo Entertainment his client has been misquoted.
“I was present for the conversation; it was not an interview, but a social meeting between old friends,” Ben Brafman tells Yahoo Entertainment in a statement.
“Harvey and Taki did not discuss the case, nor would I allow him to. 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 favours. You have my word that Harvey did not say that.”
The Spectator story said Weinstein had broken his silence on the allegations against him and made the controversial admission.
“Yes, I did offer [women] acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone,” he said. “But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman.”
“I was born poor, ugly, Jewish, and had to fight all my life to get somewhere,” he continued. “You got lotsa girls, no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood.”
In an attempt to discredit Rose McGowan and Asia Argento — both of whom have accused Weinstein of sexual assault — the Oscar-winning producer went on to say they were caught lying over Argento’s relationship with the late Anthony Bourdain, so they must be lying about him too.
Following Bourdain’s suicide in June, McGowan penned an open letter on behalf of her friend, which included the line:,”Anthony and Asia had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships”.
Weinstein says the notion Bourdain and Argento had an open relationship was a fib to cover up the fact that the Italian actress was photographed with another man.
The journalist who wrote the article has also since released a statement, saying he “misrepresented” his conversation with the former Miramax owner.
“After 41 years as a Spectator columnist without a single retraction, I believe that I may have misrepresented Harvey Weinstein’s conversation with me in New York last month,” it said.
“It was my mistake. We were discussing Hollywood and I may have misunderstood certain things about the methods of that place. I had nothing to do with the headline of my article and I hope I have not damaged his case. It was, after all, a social visit.”
Weinstein’s quote has yet to be amended in the published article.
Among other charges against him, Weinstein faces two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Since the October exposés in the New York Times and New Yorker, he has been accused of harassment, misconduct, and/or assault by over 80 women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Ashley Judd.
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