“For the first time ever, Harvey Weinstein admitted in an interview that he ‘offered acting jobs in exchange for sex’ — but according to him, ‘so does everyone,'” The New York Post’s Page Six reports.
The former movie mogul is quoted telling The Spectator: “Yes, I did offer [women] acting jobs in exchange for sex. But so did and still does everyone.”
However, the story appeared to change soon after the interview was published.
“Hours after the story was published … the writer backtracked — and said he ‘may have misunderstood’ the 66-year-old,” The Post reports.
In a statement released following the story’s publication, longtime Spectator columnist Taki Theodoracopulos wrote: “After 41 years as a Spectator columnist without a single retraction, I believe that I may have misrepresented Harvey Weinstein’s conversation with me. It was my mistake.”
Despite the statement, the article remained on the Spectator website in its original form, as of Friday afternoon, The Post notes.
“The columnist claimed that Weinstein told him he ‘never, ever’ forced himself on ‘a single woman’ — but often had to use his Hollywood prowess to get girls,” The Post story reports.
Weinstein is quoted in the Spectator piece telling Theodoracopulos: “You were born rich and privileged and you were handsome. … I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere. You got lotsa girls, no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood.”
The Post adds: “Weinstein was joined by his lawyer, Ben Brafman, during the interview, which took place in New York last month. Brafman admitted that he was there, but claimed the statements published in the Spectator were never uttered.”