After being accused of sexual assault by Uma Thurman, Harvey Weinstein has released several photos that his spokesperson claims “demonstrate the strong relationship Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Thurman had had over the years.” He and his rep also downplay the allegations, saying that Weinstein made the mistake of “misreading her signals” and making an “awkward pass” at the actress.
Here’s the full statement:
“We have pulled a number of images that demonstrate the strong relationship Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Thurman had had over the years and we wish the New York Times would have published them.
“Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass 25 years ago at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals, after a flirtatious exchange in Paris, for which he immediately apologized and deeply regrets. However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue. And this is the first time we have heard those details.
“There was no physical contact during Mr. Weinstein’s awkward pass and Mr. Weinstein is saddened and puzzled as to ‘why’ Ms. Thurman, someone he considers a colleague and a friend, waited 25 years to make these allegations public, noting that he and Ms. Thurman have shared a very close and mutually beneficial working relationship where they have made several very successful film projects together.
“This is the first time we are hearing that she considered Mr. Weinstein an enemy and the pictures of their history tell a completely different story.
“There will be more are detailed response later from Mr. Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman.”
In an interview with the New York Times published earlier today, Thurman said that Weinstein “pushed me down,” “tried to shove himself on me,” and “tried to expose himself,” among other things.