Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein is underfire after The New York Times published an exposé highlighting decades of sexual harassment.
In the story, actress Ashley Judd details an instance in a Beverly Hills hotel, where Weinstein “issued invitation after invitation” for a massage and shoulder rub before asking if the actress would watch him shower.
The New York Times piece goes even further with details of a settlement between Weinstein and actress Rose McGowan involving inappropriate conduct in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. The exposé is full of additional allegations.
Weinstein responded to the piece with a statement in which he quotes JAY-Z, “JAY-Z wrote in ”4:44,” ‘I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children.’ The same is true for me.”
SPIN notes, however, that the quote isn’t actually from the rapper, pointing out that the closest thing to Weinstein’s statement is the following lyrics:
“And if my children knew
I don’t even know what I would do
If they ain’t look at me the same
I would prob’ly die with all the shame”
The Hollywood producer says he’s teamed up with famed lawyer Lisa Bloom and “a team of people” to right his wrongs after decades of inappropriate behavior.
Weinstein recently worked with JAY-Z to produce TIME: The Kalief Browder Story and is set to work with the rapper again for a project on the life of Trayvon Martin.
The producer added, “I so respect all women, and regret what happened. I hope that my actions will speak louder than words.”
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