Ahead of his trial in a few weeks, Harvey Weinstein has given an interview from hospital.
Speaking from his high-end hospital room at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Weinstein spoke to the New York Post where he referred to himself as the “forgotten man.”
“I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!” he said.
“It all got eviscerated because of what happened,” Weinstein said. “My work has been forgotten.”
On Twitter, Rose McGowan responded to the interview.
Ashley Judd also called out Weinstein’s comments.
Weinstein is currently facing the 90 allegations from women of being sexually harassed and another 14 allegations that they were raped.
One of the women who alleged harassment includes Gwyneth Paltrow who said that Weinstein invited her to his hotel room when she was 22 saying it was a business meeting. He then tried to massage her.
“Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003 got $10 million to make a movie called ‘View from the Top,’” Weinstein said in the interview. “She was the highest-paid female actor in an independent film. Higher paid than all the men.”
He also spoke about Madonna and the time she told him to go see the documentary “Paris is Burning”.
“I understood the celebratory nature of the film and bought the distribution rights,” he said. “The same thing is true for ‘Transamerica’ [for] which Felicity Huffman got an Academy Award.”
Weinstein’s production company did release “Transamerica” but Huffman did not win an Oscar.
The disgraced producer is in hospital where three bone plates were removed that were compressing his vertebrae.
“I want this city to recognize who I was instead of what I’ve become,” he added.
“I made a success out of myself. I had no money, and I built quite an empire with Miramax and decided to give back,” he continued while talking up about his modest upbringing. “If you remember who I was then, you might want to question some of this.”
Weinstein has denied all allegations against him. On Jan. 6 his case goes to trial where he faces five counts of predatory sexual assault, criminal sex acts, and rape.
He has reached a tentative $25-million settlement with dozens of alleged victims, although at least four are not participating in the agreement and three are predicted to oppose the settlement. He wouldn’t be personally responsible for the $25 million and his legal fees would be covered by insurers.