Harvey Weinstein’s laywers have denied that the producer said he “offered jobs in exchange for sex” in a recent US article.
Speaking to The Spectator in an article written by columnist Panagiotis “Taki” Theodoracopulos, Weinstein allegedly made a series of claims which were later strongly denied by Weinstein’s lawyer, Ben Brafman.
“You were born rich and privileged and you were handsome,” Taki quoted Weinstein as telling him in a recent conversation that took place at the producer’s new office in Manhattan.
“I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere. You got lots of girls, no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood. 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.”
Following the publication of the article, Brafman issued a statement strongly denying that Weinstein ever made the comments.
“I was present for the conversation; it was not an interview, but a social meeting between old friends,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
“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.”
Following, Brafman’s statement, Taki has also issued a statement admitting that he may have “misrepresented Weinstein’s conversation”.
He added: “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 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.”
Earlier this month, Weinstein was hit with three additional charges related to alleged sexual misconduct.
In May, Weinstein was indicted on rape and criminal sex charges. A grand jury in New York confirmed the charges against the Hollywood producer despite him waiving his right to appear before the panel.