BRAZEN Harvey Weinstein has insisted he should be PRAISED for his treatment of women – and moaned that he feels “forgotten”.
The disgraced Hollywood mogul said in a bombshell interview published on Sunday that sordid sexual assault allegations made against him shouldn’t overshadow his work.
Harvey Weinstein, pictured in his plush hospital suite, made an extraordinary defense of his reputation Weinstein, pictured hobbling into court last week, insists his ailments are legitimate and not an attempt to garner sympathyCredit: Reuters
And despite more than 80 women making claims of sexual harassment or assault against him, the alleged predator believes his professional achievements should still be celebrated.
Speaking to the New York Post, the 67-year-old alleged rapist whined: “I feel like the forgotten man.
“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!”
Weinstein spoke from his plush suite in the elite marble-clad wing of the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center on Friday.
He agreed to the interview, his first in over a year, to make the staggering defense of his reputation – and to hit back at claims he was feigning his recent ailments to garner public sympathy.
The alleged sex beast, whose reputation was left in tatters after stomach-churning allegations emerged in 2017, is recuperating after an August car crash left him needing back surgery – which he underwent last Thursday.
Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003 got $10 million to make a movie called View From The Top. She was the highest-paid female actor in an independent film. Higher paid than all the men.
In his defiant interview, fallen mogul Weinstein even bragged about what a lucrative contract he gave to Gwyneth Paltrow – one of his alleged victims.
Palrtrow – who won an Oscar for 1999 film Shakspeare In Love, produced by Weinstein‘s Miramax firm – claimed he tried to massage her in his hotel room in 1994, when she was 22.
Despite her harrowing claims, Weinstein bragged: “Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003 got $10 million to make a movie called View From The Top.
“She was the highest-paid female actor in an independent film. Higher paid than all the men.”
‘DEAL’ WITH ACCUSERS
Paltrow is not part of the tentative $25 million civil settlement reportedly reached between Weinstein, his bankrupt film studio The Weinstein Company, and more than 30 of his accusers last week.
Weinstein refused to discuss the alleged deal or his separate criminal charges – including rape, predatory sexual assault and criminal sex act.
He goes on trial on January 6 in Manhattan Supreme Court accused of raping an unnamed longtime lover in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.
Weinstein – who has repeatedly and vigorously denied wrongdoing – faces up to life in prison if convicted.
The fallen Tinseltown big-shot also touted his charity work and the “social-justice” films his companies produced.
Weinstein, who the Post described as acting like “the characteristic bully” throughout the interview, was discharged from hospital on Sunday.
Weinstein, pictured at an earlier court hearing, faces trial next monthCredit: AP:Associated Press