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Harvey Weinstein: 'My Work Has Been Forgotten'

He complains that his legacy of helping female directors has been overshadowed
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2019 7:21 AM CST
Harvey Weinstein arrives at court for a bail hearing, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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(Newser) – Alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein would prefer to be referred to as legendary Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The 67-year-old, who is accused of assaulting or harassing at least 80 women, displayed a jarring lack of self-awareness in a New York Post interview, complaining that he feels like the "forgotten man" because nobody is talking about how he helped women in the movie industry. "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," he said. "I did it first! I pioneered it!" But "it all got eviscerated because of what happened," Weinstein complained. "My work has been forgotten."

The Post says that during the interview, Weinstein also talked about his charity work and movies his companies produced with social justice agendas—but threatened to terminate the interview whenever he didn't like a question. The BBC reports that 23 Weinstein accusers issued a statement after the interview, saying he won't be forgotten—but he won't be remembered the way he wants to be. "He will be remembered as a sexual predator and an unrepentant abuser who took everything and deserves nothing," they said. "He will be remembered by the collective will of countless women who stood up and said enough. We refuse to let this predator rewrite his legacy of abuse." Weinstein, whose trial on rape and sexual assault charges begins next month, has reportedly reached a $25 million settlement with some of his accusers. (Read more Harvey Weinstein stories.)

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