Looks like some jokes are rooted in reality. Today, it’s hard to avoid all the news about Harvey Weinstein — as the former head honcho at The Weinstein Company has been ousted from his high power position, as countless women — including Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, and Gwyneth Paltrow — accused the 65-year-old of sexual misconduct. But it turns out, many people in Hollywood were well aware of his problematic reputation long before he was publicly condemned by so many.
Take, for example, Family Guy creator — and one time Oscars host — Seth MacFarlane. He cracked a joke about Weinstein’s inappropriate nature while announcing the Academy Award nominees back in 2013. Check out the video to see what he said.
Harvey Weinstein was fired from his own company after an exposé published in the New York Times. In the shocking exposé, Ashley Judd came forward as a victim of his abuse of power — she told a story about Harvey asking her to watch him shower during what she was told would be a “business meeting” — and it was also revealed that he paid off countless women who accused him of sexual harassment.
Since the initial piece was published, it’s been revealed that 17 people have accused the father-of-five of sexual misconduct, he’s been fired from his own company, and his wife, Georgina Chapman, left him. “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time,” his newly estranged spouse said in a statement.
In a statement following Georgina’s announcement, Weinstein said he “support[s] her decision,” adding that he is currently in counseling. Since he was let go from The Weinstein Company, the media mogul has kept a low profile — though he did give one interview shortly after the allegations surfaced, during which, he admitted fault and shared his plans to treat people, particularly his staff, better.
“I have got to change, I’ve got to grow, I’ve got to deal with my personality, I’ve got to work on my temper, I’ve got to dig deep,” he told the New York Post. “I know a lot of people would like me to go into a facility and I may well just do that — I will go anywhere I can [to] learn more about myself. I want to be able to look at the people I have hurt and say, ‘I am sorry, I have changed, and I’ve progressed.’”