Harvey Weinstein, the mogul disgraced arrested for rape in May, took the time Tuesday morning to respond to a Variety cover story about Gwyneth Paltrow.
The profile has been focused on Paltrow for 20 years, winning the Oscar for best actress for "Shakespeare in Love," produced by Weinstein. In the story, Paltrow talks about Weinstein's harassing methods and how she had to deal with it. And in 2017, in an interview with The New York Times, Paltrow joined dozens of women who accused Weinstein of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Weinstein did not comment on this allegation and was not sidelined on a $ 1 million bond. But strangely, he decided to comment on a Paltrow anecdote about the cast of Joseph Fiennes in the lead role of "Shakespeare in Love".
"At the last minute, Harvey wanted Ben Affleck to take over and play Shakespeare," said Paltrow. Variety. "I said," No, you can not do that. You must have an English person. Weinstein finally conceded, and Affleck joined the cast as Ned Alleyn. (Film director John Madden and producer Donna Gigliotti confirmed that Weinstein had suggested that Affleck play Will.)
But Weinstein decided to issue a statement, denying that he had ever thought of Affleck for the role. "Gwyneth Paltrow is an excellent actor and a fantastic person, who is doing so well on the right project," Weinstein wrote in a statement sent through his publicist. "The only other contenders for Will Shakespeare were Russell Crowe and Ethan Hawke, no one else. Ben Affleck did a great job as Ned Alleyn, who is the role for which he was considered. "
Juda Engelmayer, the current representative of Weinstein, preceded the quote from a long speech Variety. "Just to ask – why do not you ask for anything here," Engelmayer wrote. "When will the media talk about shit about Harvey disappearing and when news stories and surveys will be revered again? When Paltrow says, "A movie will not succeed if it's not a good movie, not like that," you take it as a gospel, but when someone accuses Harvey of shenanigans, the same feeling is ignored instead of something more sinister, why? Just as a good movie is a good movie, if someone is a good actor, you can not hold it back. If someone is a box office draw, a good agency and a good actor will be chosen for a role. Putting a person on a blacklist is only an idea of bullshit that makes it possible to beat the drum against Weinstein. "
In total, dozens of women accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct and two of these allegations resulted in criminal prosecution. Weinstein pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled for this summer.