"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, who took a swipe at Harvey Weinstein during the televised Oscar-nominations announcement in 2013, said Wednesday the barb came from "a place of loathing and anger" sparked by a Weinstein harassment allegation made by one of MacFarlane's co- stars in the film "Ted".
After reading off a list of five women nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, MacFarlane joked: "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein". "This came from a place of and loathing and anger". "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". This revelation has inspired many women in the industry to come forward with their own experiences with Weinstein.
Weinstein originally said that his misconduct was the result of him coming from a different era, the 1960s, when he says people had a different approach to this kind of thing.
"We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart".
MacFarlane added,"There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this". "I respect and applaud my friend Jessica and those sharing their stories for their decision to to come forward, and for being champions of the truth".
But just look at why many women don't report sexual assault to begin with.
Ms Barth has responded to criticism of Mr MacFarlane for not speaking up at the time.
It's not like MacFarlane did what Rose McGowan accused Ben Affleck of doing.
But Weinstein's attorney Charles Harder also told ABC News in a statement that the Times' report from last Thursday was "saturated with false and defamatory statements" about the movie mogul, and added he is now preparing a lawsuit against the paper.
Seth claims Jessica Barth confided in him about her brush with Weinstein and that's what inspired his dig at the movie mogul. "Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time", his now ex-wife Georgina Chapman told People magazine.