Seth MacFarlane has opened up about his now-infamous joke about Harvey Weinstein at the Oscar nomination ceremony in 2013, revealing the dark truth behind it. Along the way, the actress "confided" in MacFarlane regarding an uncomfortable experience with Weinstien.
MacFarlane praised Barth for coming forward to publicly tell her story.
TMZ reports that Seth MacFarlane made his joke about Harvey Weinstein at the 2013 Oscar Nominations on behalf of his friend, Jessica Barth (who worked on Family Guy and Ted), who told MacFarlane in 2011 that Weinstein had made advances towards her. MacFarlane was so upset about this that he chose to take a shot at Weinstein publicly.
Since the, scores of women have come forward with their own accounts of inappropriate behaviour they claim he made towards them, including a growing number of high-profile actresses, such as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Heather Graham. "It was this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn't resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction". MacFarlane stood by his joke on Wednesday, saying in a tweet, "Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger". "There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this".
Ms Barth has responded to criticism of Mr MacFarlane for not speaking up at the time.More news: Amazon Alexa devices can finally tell voices apart
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- Jessica Barth (@_jessicabarth_) October 11, 2017 Oh my god, seriously!? Barth wrote. "STOP! He was respecting my decision!"
"I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it", he said in a statement issued last week.
After listing off the nominees in the supporting actress category that year, MacFarlane said, "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".
MacFarlane wasn't the only comedian to reference Weinstein's alleged sexual misdeeds long before the New York Times story made them public; Tina Fey's hit NBC sitcom 30 Rock took aim at Weinstein on two occasions, with Jane Krakowski's character Jenna Maroney noting, "I have turned down sex with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions".
Weinstein's wife Georgina Chapman announced on Tuesday that she is leaving him after 10 years of marriage.