LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Was Harvey Weinstein’s reputation in Hollywood well known long before allegations of sexual harassment and assault emerged?
A viral video clip from the 2013 Academy Award nominations announcement shows “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane making a seemingly ad-libbed quip about Weinstein.
After the names of the supporting actress nominees were read, MacFarlane said, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”
The joke elicited some laughter from the audience as MacFarlane smirked in response.
He issued a statement Wednesday afternoon to clarify his remarks, saying the comment was inspired by a colleague who claimed she had her own encounter with Weinstein.
“Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger,” MacFarlane said. “There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this.”
Unwanted advances by Weinstein were also referenced in a 2012 episode of “30 Rock”, in which an actress played by Jane Krakowski said, “I’m not afraid of anyone in show business. I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions – out of five.”
Weinstein was fired Sunday by the Weinstein Co., the studio he co-founded, three days after a bombshell New York Times expose alleged decades of crude sexual behavior on his part toward female employees and actresses, including Ashley Judd.
Weinstein responded to the report in a lengthy, rambling statement in which he pleaded for a second chance and apologized for the pain he had caused.
Members of the Weinstein Company board along with A-list stars like Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Matt Damon and others have denied knowing about Weinstein’s alleged behavior.