Seth MacFarlane is clarifying a joke he made aboutHarvey Weinstein's reputation at the 2013 Oscar nomination announcement. After reading the noms, MacFarlane added: "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".
The audience laughed at what at the time seemed just like an innocuously awkward joke.
After telling Weinstein, "That's not going to happen", Barth says she left the room and started crying uncontrollably.
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TMZ reports that Seth MacFarlane made his joke about Harvey Weinstein at the 2013 Oscar Nominations on behalf of his friend, Jessica Barth (who worked on Family Guy and Ted), who told MacFarlane in 2011 that Weinstein had made advances towards her. MacFarlane was so upset about this that he chose to take a shot at Weinstein publicly.
An ever-growing number of victims have spoken out about Weinstein's alleged harassment since last week's New York Times exposé; this number includes Ted star Jessica Barth who told the New Yorker that Weinstein invited her to a business meeting at the Beverly Hills Peninsula hotel and demanded a naked massage.
"I couldn't resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction".
Seth MacFarlane on stage during his now viral 2013 Weinstein joke. "This came from a place of and loathing and anger". "She has since courageously come forward to speak out", said MacFarlane.
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To the people slamming Seth for not "doing" anything, please STOP!
Jessica Barth, who has also been among them, also took to Twitter to defend her friend, saying he should be "applauded" for the joke as he was one of the few men courageous enough to speak out.
"There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this", MacFarlane writes.
"I respect and applaud my friend Jessica and those sharing their stories for their decision to come forward, and for being champions of the truth", MacFarlane tweeted.
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In one of the biggest scandals to have ever hit Hollywood, Weinstein has denied the mounting claims against him but has apologised for causing 'pain'.