The list of allegations against Harvey Weinstein is growing steadily longer, as more and more women come forward to accuse the Hollywood producer of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct.
Many have asked how, if true, such an abuse of power could have gone on for so many years seemingly hidden, while others have referenced an ‘open secret’. Now Channel 4 News has released a damning video, which strongly suggests that Weinstein’s alleged misconduct was known in the film industry.
The compilation of clips – all of which were originally released sometime in the past two decades – show comedians making references to Weinstein in order to get laughs.
It includes Seth MacFarlane’s joke at the 2013 Oscars, which saw him read out the names of the women who would be in competition for Best Supporting Actress and applauding them for making it that far.
“Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” he quipped, to titters from the audience.
Also included in the video – which has been titled Hiding in Plain Sight – are scenes from Entourage and 30 Rock.
Watch the clip for yourself:
In just 14 hours, the video had racked up hundreds of shares, comments and reactions, and over 178,000 views.
“So the alleged abuse was utilised in and around Hollywood for amusement and entertainment before it became a focal point of moral conscience and concern,” commented one. “Interesting.”
MacFarlane has since explained his joke in a passionate post, explaining the full context behind the remark, describing it as a “hard swing” that “came from a place of loathing and anger” after one of his friends said she’d experienced “attempted advances” from Weinstein.
The friend mentioned, Jessica Barth, was one of the women to come forward with allegations against Weinstein in The New Yorker‘s story published Tuesday (10 October), which followed reports in The New York Times.
According to Barth, the disgraced executive allegedly invited her to his hotel room, where, The New Yorker claims, he was, “alternat[ing] between offering to cast her in a film and demanding a naked massage in bed.
“When she moved toward the door to leave, Weinstein lashed out, saying that she needed to lose weight ‘to compete with Mila Kunis,’ and then, apparently in an effort to mollify her, promising a meeting with one of his female executives.”
Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are the latest high-profile names to come forward and accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour, alleging that the incidents happened early in their acting careers.
Responding to the lengthy allegations against him, Weinstein's spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, told the Times: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein. Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.
“He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counselling and rebuilding his life.”
Weinstein has separately issued an apology and reiterated that he is going to seek therapy.
In a statement last week he said: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”
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