Nearly 30 years of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Miramax co-founder and megaproducer, just went public.
The New York Times dropped an in-depth new exposé on the Hollywood fixture's alleged pattern of harassment and intimidation of women on the afternoon of October 5, just a day after it came out that Weinstein had hired a team of prominent attorneys to combat an incoming deluge of damaging reports. That team includes Lisa Bloom, a lawyer known for representing women who bring sexual assault allegations to court; in April, Bloom announced that Weinstein would produce her book as a docuseries.
In response to the New York Times's report, Weinstein's attorney Charles Harder — who previously represented Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit against Gawker — announced Weinstein's intention to sue the New York Times, but not before Weinstein released two statements to the publication. Here's the first, as quoted in the report:
I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I'm trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.
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The Times also quoted Bloom describing Weinstein as "an old dinosaur learning new ways," implying that his age is a factor in how he treats women.
Shortly after the report was published, Weinstein released another, much lengthier statement — which serves less to underline his original statement to the Times than to undermine it with a series of bizarre defenses for his alleged behavior. Here are some of the highlights.