Please note that this story contains discussion of sexual assault.
In the interview, Weinstein lamented that his "work has been forgotten" as he faces allegations of rape and sexual assault. He addresses speculation that he recently appeared in court with a walker as a sympathy ploy and brags about his involvement with LBGTQ films Paris Is Burning and Transamerica. The interview is absolutely as disgusting as you think it is. Here, many of his statements are contrasted against his alleged actions in stories by his victims.
On using a walker at a recent bail hearing ...
"This was a major operation," said Weinstein, referring to a recent back surgery that necessitated the use of a walker. Page Six reports that the interview itself took place in a posh hospital, which is decked out with "marble bathrooms, Italian linens, and original framed artwork, all designed to look like a plush hotel," and also features a private chef.
Weinstein used his walker in court on December 11 to address "57 violations" on his court-ordered GPS ankle monitor, reported CNN. The judge told Weinstein that the court would "not be terribly understanding" if he missed any court dates.
Page Six also reported that Weinstein was spotted at a Target a few days later without his walker.
On Gwyneth Paltrow ...
"Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003 got $10 million to make a movie called View From the Top. She was the highest-paid female actor in an independent film. Higher paid than all the men," said Weinstein.
Paltrow has alleged that Weinstein sexually harassed her when she was 22. In 2017, Paltrow told the New York Times that Weinstein asked her for a massage during a meeting. "I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified," she said.
On his "contributions" to the LGBTQ+ community in cinema ...
"I understood the celebratory nature of the film and bought the distribution rights," said Weinstein, referencing the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. The documentary is a look at ball culture and vogue parties in New York in the late 1980s. Many of the participants at such parties were transgender, people of color, drag queens, and some were HIV-positive.
By contrast, model and actress Cara Delevingne says that Weinstein told her she'd "never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood" as an out queer woman. Delevingne also said that during a meeting, he "walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips."
On his legacy as a filmmaker and producer ...
"I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!" said Weinstein.
Under the impression that making movies by women somehow ameliorates his alleged rapes and sexual assault (which, of course, it does not), Weinstein's victims are the ones who deserve credit for helping women. Their bravery in speaking to Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor at the New York Times and Ronan Farrow at the New Yorker were the kickoffs for the mainstream #MeToo movement.
Meanwhile, Weinstein isn't done seeing the inside of the courtroom.
Weinstein is due back in court in January 2020 to begin the trial in criminal court, reported the New York Times. Weinstein has been charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault. "Mr. Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sexual activity," wrote the Times.
Revelist has reached out to Weinstein's representatives for comment.