If Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein seemed insincere when he apologized on Thursday for decades of reported sexual misconduct, subsequent remarks from supposed associates should remove all doubt.
In Weinstein's world, the real enemy here is not his allegedly gropy hands or his leveraging power for sex, but the political right-wing, which is supposedly conspiring to take him down, according to people allegedly familiar with his thinking.
Bear in mind: This all comes after the New York Times broke the story wide open on Thursday.
"Harvey feels [he] is being set up by a team of people who are out to get him," a source told the Daily Mail. "Nobody is claiming that the New York Times spent any money to get this story done but other organizations may have done."
"There are conservative organizations who know he is a longtime foe of the [National Rifle Association], of Donald Trump, and a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the Democrats," the source added.
Alleging a vast right-wing conspiracy following allegations of sexual misconduct is so 1995.
The source continued, saying "[Weinstein] believes they are financing a team of lawyers who are digging up these stories. There's a political agenda behind this. Harvey feels it's a conspiracy and that's the most interesting part of this, where it originated from, not the erroneous reporting that's going on."
"He won't be the last, other people like him will be targeted too," the source added.
You see, the real problem here isn't the decades of misconduct that Weinstein ostensibly apologized for this week. The real problem is that there are people – shadowy, strange people – who would like to destroy him.
The source's remarks track closely with the spirit of Weinstein's supposed apology this week, which was little more than a smorgasbord of deflection and self-pity.
"I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them," the producer's statement read.
"I am going to need a place to channel that anger so I've decided that I'm going to give the NRA my full attention. I hope Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party. I'm going to do it at the same place I had my Bar Mitzvah. I'm making a movie about our President, perhaps we can make it a joint retirement party," the statement added.
What he is signaling in these lines is so obvious, it's embarrassing. He should've just written, "I'm a good liberal, and I support the right positions. You should give me a pass," and spare us the contrition charade.
I said it yesterday, and I'll say it again: The A-list Hollywood producer and major Democratic donor is wholly unrepentant for the things of which he has been accused, including sexual harassment and sexual assault. His apology shows it, and the Daily Mail's reporting only bolsters this position further.