TV host James Corden ‘truly sorry’ for Weinstein jokes, after rape accusers call him a pig
TV host James Cordon has apologised for making jokes about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults, after being condemned by two of the women who have accused the producer of rape.
Actress Rose McGowan, who alleges that Weinstein raped her, tweeted a clip of Corden’s speech at a black-tie charity event in Los Angeles and wrote: “You mother****ing piglet.”
She said in an another tweet: “Hearing the audience’s vile roars [and] laughs show exactly what kind of Hollywood you really are.”
The Italian actress Asia Argento, who alleges that Weinstein raped her when she was 21, tweeted a video of Corden’s jokes. She added the caption: “Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him.”
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) October 15, 2017
Corden has since apologised for causing offence, and says his jokes were intended to shame Weinstein, not his victims.
In a statement released on Twitter, the British star said: “To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behaviour, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention.”
In footage of the event, loud groans can be heard after Corden told his audience it was a beautiful night in LA – “so beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage”.
Corden said: “I don’t know whether that groan was that you liked that joke or you don’t like that joke. If you don’t like that joke you should probably leave now.”
Emboldened, he continued: “It has been weird this week hasn’t it, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath … it’s weird watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water.”
McGowan said that CBS, which broadcasts Corden’s Late Late Show should donate to a women’s charity, or they too “support rape culture”.
Corden was master of ceremonies at the gala for amfAR, a foundation for Aids research, on Friday evening. The footage of his jokes was posted on Twitter by a Hollywood Reporter journalist, Chris Gardner.
Julia Roberts was given a special award for courage during the event while the guests included Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn, Melanie Griffith, Sean Penn and Coldplay’s Chris Martin as a surprise guest performer.
Weinstein was executive producer of the 2013 film One Chance, a biopic in which Corden played real-life talent show winner Paul Potts.
The condemnation of Corden for making jokes followed the condemnation of Saturday Night Live over a week ago for not making jokes and for ignoring the story altogether. But on Saturday Weinstein did feature. The show included a sketch featuring a “women’s round table” of actors at a film festival. On the subject of whisper networks, one said: “We had a secret code among us actresses to warn each other about creeps. The code was: ‘He raped me.’ And if the men were listening, they tuned us right out.”