Harvey Weinstein is still trying to control the movie business — using his famed bully tactics in a bid to influence a new film exposé about him.
While he remains in exile, the disgraced movie mogul is attempting to flex his severely diminished power over Barry Avrich’s documentary, “The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret,” set for release this fall.
Avrich says Weinstein personally sent him an email last month, saying, “Can’t wait to see [it]. Oscar [coming] for you,” indicating he still considers himself an Oscar kingmaker, despite having been expelled by the Academy.
Weinstein asked in the email about Avrich’s Neuremberg trial doc, “Prosecuting Evil.” The Weinstein Company had acquired the worldwide rights last year, but Avrich wrestled the film back as the sexual harassment scandal broke.
Avrich wasn’t fooled. He told us, “This is classic Harvey, he was poking around, flattering me to find out more about my film about him. He’s a classic sociopath.” Avrich says he sent a dismissive response, but, “48 hours later I got an email from ‘Harvey’s assistant’, saying, ‘Harvey wants to see your film, please to send it to this lawyers office in LA’, which I have no intention of doing.”
This isn’t the first time the pair have clashed: Avrich’s 2011 doc, “Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project,” was bought by IFC. But the director claims IFC insisted on changes for Weinstein and did not release the film in theaters. Avrich said, “I am certain they picked up the film without any intention to release it, and Harvey was behind it, he is close to the Dolan family who own IFC Films. It was a classic machiavellian chess move.” IFC has denied this claim.
This time, Avrich will not be blocked. His doc contains further accounts from those who say they were sexually harassed by the mogul.
It also discusses others hit by sexual misconduct and assault allegations including James Toback, Louis C.K. and Woody Allen.
And as rumors circulate that Weinstein continues to secretly invest in movies, Avrich added, “I don’t believe that intensive sex addiction therapy in Arizona is going to change him, not a chance.”
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