So much for that story.
Columnist Taki Theodoracopulos, who writes for The Spectator, wrote about an interview he conducted with Harvey Weinstein in New York last month.
According to Theodoracopulos, Weinstein told him, “Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone. But I never ever forced myself on a single woman.”
“You were born rich and privileged and you were handsome,” the disgraced Hollywood executive supposedly said. “I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere. You got lots of girls, no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood.”
In a statement obtained by ET Canada, Weinstein’s lawyer denied both the validity of the quotes published and the formality of the meeting between Theodoracopulos and Weinstein.
“I was present for the conversation; it was not an interview, but a social meeting between old friends,” said attorney Ben Brafman. “Harvey and Taki did not discuss the case, nor would I allow him to. We talked about old Hollywood and the contrast to European culture, and I think Taki sees Harvey in that older light.”
“Mr. Weinstein never said anything about trading movie roles for sexual favours,” he continued. “You have my word that Harvey did not say that.”
Theodoracopulos retracted the article, admitting to misunderstanding his conversation with the movie mogul.
“After 41 years as a Spectator columnist without a single retraction, I believe that I may have misrepresented Harvey Weinstein’s conversation with me in New York last month,” he said in a separate statement. “I was my mistake. We were discussing Hollywood and I may have misunderstood certain things about the methods of that place.”
Concluding, “I had nothing to do with the headline of my article and I hope I have not damaged his case. it was, after all, a social visit. “