Hours after the paper published a bombshell report on his alleged history of sexual harassment, top Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein announced he was suing the New York Times, owning up to his errors but bluntly asserting the story in question was based on "reckless reporting."
In a statement to Page Six, Weinstein's lawyer Charles J. Harder slammed the Times report. "The New York Times published today a story that is saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein. It relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file, which has been debunked by 9 different eyewitnesses," he said. "We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish. We are preparing the lawsuit now. All proceeds will be donated to women's organizations."
Weinstein, who believes the publication has a "vendetta" against him, echoed Harder's sentiments in his own statement to Page Six. "What I am saying is that I bear responsibility for my actions, but the reason I am suing is because of the Times' inability to be honest with me, and their reckless reporting. They told me lies. They made assumptions," the Hollywood mogul claimed. "The Times had a deal with us that they would tell us about the people they had on the record in the story, so we could respond appropriately, but they didn't live up to the bargain."
He also accused the paper of publishing its story in haste to avoid losing the scoop to another outlet.
"The Times editors were so fearful they were going to be scooped by New York Magazine and they would lose the story, that they went ahead and posted the story filled with reckless reporting, and without checking all they had with me and my team," added Weinstein.
Do Weinstein's complaints about the New York Times remind you of another person's frequent rants about the paper's coverage? Given his long involvement with the Democratic Party, and the tens of thousands of dollars he spent boosting Hillary Clinton's efforts to defeat President Trump, it's somewhat amusing to hear Weinstein essentially accuse the New York Times of peddling fake news.
You can read the full New York Times report here.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.