A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein denies the disgraced producer said that he engaged in the practice of trading sex for film roles and the author of the article is walking back his story.
The article in question quoted Weinstein as saying, "No girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood. 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."
But Ben Brafman, Weinstein's top attorney, denies Weinstein said that, saying in a statement, "I was present for the conversation; it was not an interview, but a social meeting between old friends. Harvey and Taki did not discuss the case, nor would I allow him to. They 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 favors. You have my word that Harvey did not say that."
The statement from Brafman also included a statement from the author of the article, Taki Theodoracopulos, who says, "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. It was my mistake. We were discussing Hollywood and I may have misunderstood certain things about the methods of that place. 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."
Weinstein's alleged interview also drew ire from his most outspoken accuser, Rose McGowan, who clearly believed the quotes to be real.