Harvey Weinstein made headlines on Friday when an article was printed by the Spectator that claimed Weinstein had admitted to providing actresses performing jobs in trade for intercourse, however the former film mogul’s lawyer is now denying Weinstein made any admissions.
The reporter, Taki, informed TMZ: “I imagine that I’ll have misrepresented Harvey Weinstein’s dialog with me. It was my mistake.”
Earlier Friday, the Spectator reported that the disgraced film mogul, who pleaded not responsible to rape and felony intercourse act prices in June, mentioned his conduct is the norm in Hollywood.
“You had been born wealthy and privileged and also you had been good-looking. I used to be born poor, ugly, Jewish and needed to battle all my life to get someplace,” Weinstein informed Taki, in keeping with the article within the Spectator. “You bought lotsa ladies, no woman checked out me till I made it large in Hollywood.”
He then admitted, in keeping with the article: “Sure, I did provide them performing jobs in trade for intercourse, however so did and nonetheless does everybody. However I by no means, ever pressured myself on a single lady.”
Weinstein was accompanied by his lawyer Ben Brafman for the chat. Brafman informed TMZ the interview with Taki did happen, however the recounting was not correct.
“Harvey and Taki [the reporter] didn’t talk about the case, nor would I enable him to. They talked about previous Hollywood and the distinction to European tradition and I believe Taki sees Harvey in that older gentle. Mr. Weinstein by no means mentioned something about buying and selling film roles for sexual favors.”
Taki additionally alleged that Weinstein mentioned two of his most outspoken accusers, Rose McGowan and Asia Argento, had been mendacity when McGowan claimed Argento had an open relationship with late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain.
“Her pal McGowan claimed that Asia and Anthony had an open relationship,” Taki wrote of his dialog with Weinstein. “It was clearly not true, says Harvey, however lifeless males inform no tales, so the women made it up.”
The controversial interview comes after Weinstein entered a not-guilty plea at a New York courthouse on June 5, when he was arraigned on rape and felony intercourse act prices.
The listening to in Manhattan adopted a grand jury’s indictment of the longtime film mogul on prices involving two ladies.
One alleged sufferer, who has not been recognized publicly, informed investigators that Weinstein cornered her in a resort room and raped her. The opposite accuser, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public along with her account of Weinstein allegedly forcing her to carry out oral intercourse at his workplace in 2004.
Dozens extra ladies have accused him of sexual misconduct starting from harassment to assault.
The 66-year-old Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual intercourse. His lawyer has challenged the credibility of his alleged victims and says his consumer is assured he’s going to clear his identify.
Brafman referred to as the rape allegation “absurd,” saying that the accuser and Weinstein had a decade-long, consensual sexual relationship that continued after the alleged 2013 assault.
Weinstein is out on $1 million bail.
The Related Press contributed to this report.