Seth MacFarlane explains his Harvey Weinstein joke in emotional post

12 October, 2017, 04:28 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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Barth's former director and co-star for her appearances in the "Ted" films, Seth MacFarlane, took to Twitter today to explain a joke he made about Weinstein when the actor hosted the Oscars in 2013.

On Wednesday, MacFarlane revealed that the joke was prompted by a friend's story of alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Weinstein.

Now, in the light of a stunning array of sexual misconduct allegations against the powerhouse producer, The Family Guy creator is explaining the full context of his remark. Weinstein's lawyer, Charles J. Harder, called the Times report "saturated with false and defamatory statements", and threatened to sue.

"Make no mistake", he continues.

That joke, along with a line from a 2012 episode of Tina Fey's 30 Rock, which also alluded to Weinstein as a sexual harasser, have become viral in the past few days as Weinstein's decades-old "open" secret was finally brought to life. An ever-growing number of victims have spoken out about Weinstein's alleged harassment since last week's New York Times exposé; this number includes Ted star Jessica Barth who told the New Yorker that Weinstein invited her to a business meeting at the Beverly Hills Peninsula hotel and demanded a naked massage. "She has since courageously come forward to speak out", said MacFarlane.

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During the Oscar-nominations announcement in January 2013, MacFarlane stood next to actress Emma Stone and announced the nominees for best supporting actress.

In one of the biggest scandals to have ever hit Hollywood, Weinstein has denied the mounting claims against him but has apologised for causing 'pain'.

MacFarlane took some heat on social media after issuing his statement Wednesday, with critics contending the 2013 comment proves he was aware of Weinstein's behavior but - aside from making the televised jab - did nothing else to stop it.

His wife Georgina has left her husband of ten years, citing "unforgivable actions" as her reason. "I respect and applaud my friend Jessica and those sharing their stories for their decision to come forward, and for being champions of the truth".

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