Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, who faces dozens of sexual abuse cases, gave an interview just weeks before facing a trial that could send him to prison for life.
In an attempt to clean up his public image, Weinstein said he regrets his bad reputation, indicating that he has done a lot for women.
“I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker,” he said in an interview with Page Six.
In his dialogue with the American media, Weinstein stated that he feels like a “forgotten man” detailing specific films starring women or discussing social justice issues.
Among other cases he cited that of Gwyneth Paltrow, who accused him of using a professional approach to take her to her hotel room and try to give her a massage in 1994.
The 67-year-old producer said the actress earned $10 million in 2003 to make a film called “View from the Top.” “She was the highest-paid female actor in an independent film. Higher-paid than all the men,” he said.
Weinstein gave this interview—the first in more than a year—while recovering from spinal surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
The three-hour operation removed three plates from his vertebrae, which were placed after he suffered a back injury from a car accident in August.
Weinstein insisted that the interview was simply a way to show that he had not exaggerated the severity of his physical condition and, as such, refused to address the dozens of allegations against him.
He is currently charged with five counts of predatory sexual assault, criminal sex act and rape stemming from two sets of charges, one involving an unidentified lover and another with production assistant Mimi Haleyi.
After being delayed, his trial is set for Jan. 6 in Manhattan’s Supreme Court and he faces life in prison if convicted.
Among the women who accused Weinstein is Rose McGowan, who accused him of raping her in 1997 in Utah.
The actress lamented that influential people like Hillary Clinton were seeking to protect the Hollywood producer.
“I knew that Hillary Clinton’s people were protecting the Monster. I can’t believe I used to support her. I guess predators are her style,” McGowan said in October.
Democrats and Clinton have been the main beneficiaries of Weinstein, with $200,000 for the party’s Senate campaign accounts, $23,200 for its House campaign committee and $46,350 for Hillary Clinton and HILLPAC, a committee Clinton used to support other Democrats while she was a senator, according to The Associated Press.
Although he has been formally charged in only two cases, Weinstein and his eponymous film studio reportedly reached a multimillion-dollar tentative settlement with more than 30 accusers, less than half of the approximately 80 women who have alleged behavior ranging from noncriminal harassment to forced rape, according to a Variety report.
The settlement came with a warning that Weinstein would not admit to any wrongdoing, while the former tycoon continues to claim his innocence.