Comedian Seth MacFarlane, best known for creating Fox sitcom Family Guy and the Ted film franchise, raised eyebrows in 2013 with a pointed dig at Harvey Weinstein, which has been rediscovered as "decades' worth of sexual harassment accusation" against Weinstein were exposed in a New York Times article last week.
And that's when MacFarlane tossed off a joke: "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".
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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. "Out of five." In another episode, she lamented, "In some ways, I'm still pinned under a passed-out Harvey Weinstein, and it's Thanksgiving".
"I couldn't resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction".
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In recent days, the joke has been seen to take on new meaning as shocking stories have come to light regarding Weinstein's gross treatment of women. "And I'm, like, 'That's not going to happen'".
MacFarlane added,"There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this". "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein", Sallie Hofmeister said in a statement to Us on Tuesday, October 10.
Barth is on the growing list of women who allege that Weinstein either harassed or assaulted them, with three women also alleging they were raped by him. Affleck claimed in a statement that he was "saddened and angry" when he heard about what Weinstein has done.
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But Weinstein's attorney Charles Harder also told ABC News in a statement that the Times' report from last Thursday was "saturated with false and defamatory statements" about the movie mogul, and added he is now preparing a lawsuit against the paper.