The lawyer of former Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein (pictured) said his client was misquoted in an interview published in The Spectator on Friday and he did not admit to offering acting jobs in exchange for sex.
Hours after the story was published, Taki Theodoracopulos, the columnist who wrote it, said he believes he may have misrepresented Weinstein’s conversation with him adding that it was his mistake.
Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman, said in a statement that he was present when Weinstein and the columnist met as old friends in New York last month.
Brafman said there was no interview. The two just talked about old Hollywood and the contrast to European culture. During their conversation, Weinstein never said anything about trading movie roles for sexual favours.
Taki said that while discussing Hollywood, he may have misunderstood certain things about the methods of that place. He said he has nothing to do with the headline of his article and hoped he did not spoil Weinstein’s case.
Taki said Weinstein told him he never forced himself on “a single woman” but often used his Hollywood prowess to get girls. Weistein said he was born poor, ugly, and no girl looked at him until he became a name in Hollywood.
Weistein’s fall started after dozens of women came forward and accused him of sexual harassment or misconduct since late last year. Weinstein had denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
He has been charged with one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault based on complaints from three women.
If convicted, Weinstein may face life sentence. His next court hearing is in September.