Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein ‘believes he will be forgiven’ by Hollywood, says Piers Morgan

‘[Hollywood has] been a moral cesspit since the ‘20s and the idea that Harvey Weinstein is the only villain? Do me a favour,’ says journalist Piers Morgan

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 April, 2018, 7:53pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 April, 2018, 7:53pm

Film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women, believes he will eventually be forgiven by Hollywood, according to British television presenter Piers Morgan.

Once one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures, Weinstein has been accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct, including rape.

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone and has yet to be taken to court.

Morgan told GQ magazine he spoke to Weinstein at a clinic where he has been seeking treatment.

“I’ve spoken to Harvey in the clinic in Arizona, for about an hour. He’s fighting,” Morgan said. “He’s a fascinating character. The apocalyptic symptom of the whole thing – the casting couch finally brought to judgment.”

Morgan said he was not as surprised by some of the allegations.

“Listen, this has been the system since Hollywood existed,” Morgan said. “It’s been a moral cesspit since the ‘20s, and the idea that Harvey Weinstein is the only villain? Do me a favour. Look at Mel Gibson: ultimately Harvey believes he will be forgiven.”

Gibson sparked controversy in 2006 after unleashing an anti-Semitic tirade during his 2006 arrest for drink-driving, but has enjoyed recent success and was nominated for best director for his film Hacksaw Ridge in 2017.

Weinstein said in a statement that he spoke with Morgan last year.

“I have immense respect for Piers Morgan and appreciate him. During our conversation, which was back in 2017, the only thought I conveyed was that my focus now and in the future is on my family,” Weinstein said. “I did not talk about business or Hollywood. My priority is my family.”