Scott Rosenberg on Harvey Weinstein allegations: 'Everybody f***ing knew'

High Fidelity writer is one of the few to claim that the film industry was aware of accusations against disgraced Hollywood mogul for years

Roisin O'Connor
Tuesday 17 October 2017 08:01 BST
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As Hollywood continues to deal with the fallout over the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal, one of the most frequently-heard comments is: “I had no idea. No one knew. We would have done something.”

Few in the industry have admitted that they knew about the allegations against the disgraced film mogul, who has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Jane Fonda admitted she felt “ashamed” after learning about the accusations of sexual assault, which stretch back over almost three decades.

“I found out about Harvey a year ago and I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything right then,” she said.

Elsewhere, resurfaced footage shows Courtney Love issuing a warning to young women about Weinstein.

Asked on a red carpet about advice she had for aspiring actresses she said: “I'll get libelled if I say it... If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons, don't go.”

Comedian Seth McFarlane recently revealed that his joke about Weinstein at the 2013 Oscars was in angry response to his friend, actress Jessica Barth, confiding in him about an alleged incident with the producer in his hotel room.

Screenwriter, actor and producer Scott Rosenberg, who has worked films such as Beautiful Girls, High Fidelity and 2018's Venom, and whose first two films were distributed by Harvey and Bob Weinstein's company Miramax, has since written a Facebook post where he claims “everybody f***ing knew”.

While the post appears to have been removed or made private, Deadline and the New York Daily News report that he wrote the following:

“Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing: Everybody f***ing knew.

“Not that he was raping. No, that we never heard. But we were aware of a certain pattern of overly aggressive behaviour that was rather dreadful. We knew about the man’s hunger; his fervour; his appetite. There was nothing secret about this voracious rapacity; like a gluttonous ogre out of the Brothers Grimm. All couched in vague promises of potential movie roles. (And, it should be noted: there were many who actually succumbed to his bulky charms. Willingly. Which surely must have only impelled him to cast his fetid net even wider).”

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“They gave me my career,” he said, going on to allege that while he never knew the extent to which Weinstein allegedly assaulted women, the rumours were constantly discussed with “big producers,” “big directors, “big agents,” “big financiers,” “big rival studio chiefs,” “big actors,” “big actresses,” “big models, “big journalists” “big screenwriters,” “big rock stars,” “big restaurateurs” and “big politicians“.

“I am eternally sorry,“ he wrote. ”To all of the women that had to suffer this…I am eternally sorry. I’ve worked with Mira (Sorvino) and Rosanna (Arquette) and Lysette (Anthony). I’ve known Rose (McGowan) and Ashley (Judd) and Claire (Forlani) for years…Their courage only hangs a lantern on my shame. And I am eternally sorry to all those who suffered in silence all this time. And have chosen to remain silent.

“So, yeah, I am sorry. Sorry and ashamed. Because, in the end, I was complicit. I didn’t say s—t. I didn’t do s—t. Harvey was nothing but wonderful to me. So I reaped the rewards and I kept my mouth shut. And for that, once again, I am sorry.“

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