Harvey Weinstein Says He Championed Women During His Time In Hollywood
Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced film mogul who has been accused of sexual assault or harassment by more than 80 women, claims to have done more professionally for women than anyone in history, according to Page Six.
“I feel like the forgotten man,” the 67-year-old complained to The Post in an exclusive interview. “I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!”
“It all got eviscerated because of what happened,” he appeared to say without remorse. “My work has been forgotten.”
Weinstein, in his first interview in over a year, refused to speak about any of the allegations against him, threatening to end the interview each time a question was posed that he didn’t like. He agreed to be interviewed to prove that he hasn’t been exaggerating his ailments.
Weinstein sustained a back injury in an Aug. 17 car accident and was recuperating at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center after a three-hour spinal surgery to remove a trio of bone plates compressing his vertebrae.
“I want this city to recognize who I was instead of what I’ve become,” he added.
The alleged rapist will go on trial for rape Jan. 6 in Manhattan Supreme Court. He is charged with five counts of predatory sexual assault, criminal sex act, and rape in the cases and could face life in prison if convicted.
He and his bankrupt film studio, The Weinstein Company, reportedly reached a tentative $25 million civil settlement with more than 30 of his accusers.
“I made a success out of myself. I had no money, and I built quite an empire with Miramax and decided to give back,” he said, referring to his modest upbringing and his charity work. “If you remember who I was then, you might want to question some of this.”