Oprah Claps Back After Alleged Sexual Predator Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Lies On Her
By now, everyone has heard about the drama with Harvey Weinstein, the film producer and former film studio executive accused of sexual assault. Right now, Weinstein is at the center of a heated controversy surrounding allegations of assault and rape from many known female actresses, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rose McGowan. But instead of taking the fall by himself, it looks like he’s attempting to drag another big name into his mess – Oprah Winfrey.
Dragged Into Drama:
For those who missed it, Harvey Weinstein’s representatives have created quite a mess for Oprah Winfrey, because he claims she’s “supporting him” amid his scandal. According to TMZ, Weinstein has reportedly made several attempts to drag Oprah into his drama with claims that she’s called and supported him. In fact, he even claims she’s ready to publicly support him, despite more than a dozen women accusing him of rape and sexual assault.
Our sources say Harvey has repeatedly told his team and friends that Oprah called him earlier this week and said he needed to speak out and defend himself, and when he did she would be right there supporting him. We’re told Harvey has said a number of powerful people have called to voice support, but he singled out Oprah over and over. – TMZ
As expected, this alleged “support” has sparked outrage among Oprah’s fans and people just can’t fathom how she could support Weinstein when she, too, was once a rape victim. Now social media users are weighing in on the situation and some of the speculation is quite disturbing.
#Harvey Weinstein, Oprah's offering to Harvey, where does it end who all is involved, I shudder to think what's down that rabbit hole.
— Jack Offman (@jackoff_on) October 14, 2017
Harvey Weinstein Says Oprah Called to Support Him, But Her Team Says BS https://t.co/4EohOE6QBf via @TMZ As long as Oprah can make money..How much is ENOUGH?? Really Disgusting #Weinstein #TheyAllKnew
— SassySJ (@StepoffSJ) October 15, 2017
— Wild Bill (@wmmII88) October 8, 2017
For Weinstein, Oprah’s support would seem like a good look for the public eye, but are his alleged claims true? Apparently, there’s another side to this story and Oprah’s camp is setting the record straight.
Oprah’s Side Of the Story:
Despite Weinstein’s claims, Oprah Winfrey’s camp is telling a whole different story. Oprah’s team has shut those claims down and refuted Weinstein’s claims. The billionaire businesswoman has clarified, through her official spokesperson, that she has NOT spoken with Weinstein, but she is interested in doing an exclusive 60-minute interview him only if he’s willing to tell the truth:
“Oprah has not spoken to Harvey Weinstein directly. Someone from his team reached out to her to see if she would talk to him, and she said she would if it was for an interview. There are no plans for an interview at this time. She was only interested if he’d look in the mirror and give her the honest, bone marrow truth,” said Oprah’s spokesperson.
It was also reported that Oprah then took to Twitter to voice her views on Weinstein:
Via TMZ: “I’ve been processing the accounts of Harvey Weinstein’s behavior and haven’t been able to find the words to articulate the magnitude of the situation.”
She then quotes filmmaker James Schamus, who said, “This is the story of one predator and his many victims; but it is also a story about an overwhelming systemic enabling, and until that story is fully told we will fall far short of stopping future depredations on a similar scale.”
Unfortunately, the whole situation still has fans givin’ Oprah the side eye, but hopefully, there’s nothing ill about her intent. It is not clear yet whether Oprah will interview Weinstein or not.