Harvey Weinstein’s accusers will make sure that he’s remembered, all right.
The disgraced Hollywood producer, who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by more than 80 women, complained in an exclusive interview with the New York Post over the weekend that the allegations have made him “a forgotten man.” (MarketWatch is owned by the same parent company as the New York Post.)
“My work has been forgotten,” he said while recovering from spinal surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center on Friday. Weinstein will go on trial for rape on Jan. 6 in Manhattan Supreme Court, where he has been charged with five counts of predatory sexual assault, criminal sex act and rape. He faces life in prison if convicted.
But 23 of the women who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct responded in a statement Sunday night that they will make sure he is remembered.
The “Silence Breakers,” including actresses Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and Rosanna Arquette, posted their response to the official Time’s Up Twitter TWTR, +1.07% feed. They opened with, “Harvey Weinstein is trying to gaslight society again. He says in a new interview he doesn’t want to be forgotten. Well, he won’t be.”
‘He will be remembered as a sexual predator and an unrepentant abuser who took everything and deserves nothing.’
The statement continued: “He will be remembered by the collective will of countless women who stood up and said enough. We refuse to let this predator rewrite his legacy of abuse.”
Weinstein and his film studio, The Weinstein Company, reportedly reached a cumulative $25 million civil settlement with more than 30 accusers last week — but under the terms of the deal, he would not acknowledge any wrongdoing. What’s more, he would not be paying the settlement; those tens of millions would be covered by the insurance companies backing the Weinstein Company.
Among those slamming the settlement is model/actress Emily Ratajkowski, who attended the “Uncut Gems” movie premiere last week with “F—K Harvey” written in marker on her left arm.
“Today Harvey Weinstein and his former studio made a $25 million deal with his victims,” she tweeted Thursday. “Weinstein, accused of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape, won’t have to admit wrongdoing or pay his own money.”