Harvey Weinstein is speaking out after the explosive New York Times story exposed his alleged history of sexual harassment over the years.
In an interview with Page Six of the New York Post, the film mogul explained that he was suing the Times because of their “inability to be honest” with him and their “reckless reporting.”
“They told me lies,” Weinstein said. “They made assumptions.”
He accused the newspaper of not “living up to the bargain” they made with him about responding appropriately to the people they had on the record in the story.
“The Times editors were so fearful they were going to be scooped by New York Magazine and they would lose the story, that they went ahead and posted the story filled with reckless reporting, and without checking all they had with me and my team,” Weinstein continued.
The Hollywood giant also believed they have a “vendetta” against him regarding a hit piece the paper published about his dustup with a charity that were allegedly owed donations from him.
“They never wrote about the documentary I did with Jay-Z about Rikers Island, they never write that I raised $50 million for amfAR, nor my work with Robin Hood – instead they focus on trying to bring me down,” he elaborated. “This is a vendetta, and the next time I see Dean Baquet [executive editor of the NYT] it will be across a courtroom.”
Weinstein alleges that the entire bombshell report was based on a 2014 memo written by employee Lauren O’Connor, who accused her boss of sexual harassment but withdrew her statement two days later.
He weighed in on actress Ashley Judd, who was one of his accusers mentioned in the report.
“I know Ashley Judd is going through a tough time right now, I read her book [All That Is Bitter and Sweet], in which she talks about being the victim of sexual abuse and depression as a child,” Weinstein said. “Her life story was brutal, and I have to respect her. In a year from now I am going to reach out to her.”
Weinstein also dismissed the other accusers included in the report like actress Rose McGowan, a young assistant, and an Italian model.
“No company ever talks about settlements, and neither does the recipient,” Weinstein said, “so I don’t know how the Times came to this conclusion, but it is pure conjecture, the reporters have made assumptions.”
He also had done some self-reflection:
“I have got to change, I’ve got to grow, I’ve got to deal with my personality, I’ve got to work on my temper, I have got to dig deep. I know a lot of people would like me to go into a facility, and I may well just do that – I will go anywhere I can learn more about myself. I want to be able to look at the people I have hurt and say, ‘I am sorry, I have changed and I’ve progressed.’ I am terribly embarrassed for my company, my staff and the only person who could fix this is me. I am going to fix myself, I am going to fix how I deal with women and how I deal with my temper and power.”
A spokesperson for the NYT has said the newspaper is “confident in the accuracy” of its reporting.
“Mr. Weinstein was aware and able to respond to specific allegations in our story before publication. In fact, we published his response in full,” the spokesperson stated.
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