Audio reveals Harvey Weinstein’s attempt at damage control with reporters
Leaked audio of a call between Harvey Weinstein and two New York Times reporters shows the disgraced movie mogul scrambling to play clean up just before his epic fall from grace.
In the recording — obtained and partly published by Inside Edition Wednesday — Weinstein gets fiery as he presses the journalists for more information on his accusers.
“I think you ought to be specific and tell me who they are and if they’re on the record,” he can be heard telling Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey.
The reporters were talking to the ex-film titan to get him to respond to allegations that he’d sexually harassed multiple women in the industry for nearly three decades, resulting in settlements with at least some of them.
“I’m not a saint, but I’m not the sinner you think I am,” Weinstein told them, according to the clip.
At times, Weinstein goes on the defensive, challenging their reporting and threatening: “There are mistakes you’ve made. I promise we will find them.”
“It seems like you have a lotta hearsay on your hands,” he charges. “I’m gonna say this nicely: Get the facts right. You’re journalists.”
The reporters, behind the bombshell October 2017 Times exposé on Weinstein, didn’t know they were being recorded, according to Inside Edition.
More of the secretly taped call will air on the show on Thursday.
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