James Corden apologises after backlash over Harvey Weinstein jokes

TV host said he was not trying to make light of disgraced film mogul’s behaviour

Roisin O'Connor
Monday 16 October 2017 08:02 BST
‘I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention,’ said the comedian
‘I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention,’ said the comedian (Getty)

James Corden has issued an apology for “anyone offended” by his jokes about Harvey Weinstein.

Corden received a backlash for his stint as host at the AmfAR Gala – an HIV/Aids fundraiser – in Los Angeles, where he chose to comment on the ongoing sexual harassment scandal involving the Hollywood film mogul.

The British actor, comedian and TV host was heard quipping: “This is a beautiful room. It’s a beautiful night here in LA. So beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage.”

Groans were heard amid some nervous laughter, according to Variety, which reported that Corden continued with: “It has been weird this week though, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath.”

And later: “Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight, but sadly he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest.”

The jokes received a backlash on social media from several high-profile figures including Rose McGowan, who alleges that Weinstein raped her.

“You motherf***ing piglet,” she tweeted with a clip of Corden making his speech.

Asia Argento, who also claims she was assaulted by Weinstein, shared a clip of Corden’s speech on Twitter and wrote: “Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him #amfARLosAngeles.”

Corden has since issued a statement on Twitter which said: “To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention.”

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Corden’s first break in Hollywood was when he played Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts in One Chance, a film produced by The Weinstein Company.

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