(LOS ANGELES) — One of the numerous women who shared a story regarding alleged unwanted sexual advances from Harvey Weinstein in the overarching New Yorker piece Tuesday is Jessica Barth, an actress who in 2011 met the famed producer at the Golden Globes.
Barth, like others in the article, alleges that she was invited under the guise of a business meeting to Weinstein’s hotel room, where she says he proceeded to demand a naked massage.
After telling Weinstein, “That’s not going to happen,” Barth says she left the room and started crying uncontrollably.
Barth’s former director and co-star for her appearances in the Ted films, Seth MacFarlane, took to Twitter today to explain a joke he made about Weinstein when the actor hosted the Oscars in 2013.
After listing off the nominees in the supporting actress category that year, MacFarlane said, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”
Wednesday, he elaborated, writing, “In 2011, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances.”
Barth played Ted’s wife Tami-Lynn in the two adult comedies.
“She has since courageously come forward to speak out,” MacFarlane added. “It was this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction. Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger. There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this.”
In response to the women who spoke out on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the movie executive told The New Yorker: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
“Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual,” according to the full statement from Weinstein’s spokesperson. “Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
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