- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 5, 2017

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was the subject of a New York Times expose Thursday detailing decades of sexual coercion and harassment charges against him.

He responded by attacking the National Rifle Association and President Trump.

Mr. Weinstein released a statement to the New York Times, which the paper posted in its entirety, in which the Oscar-winning producer and Hollywood fixture since the late 1980s acknowledged fault, though he partially contextualized it, saying “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.”

His statement said he would work on becoming a better man, but also that he needed “a place to channel that anger” and suggested a target that would appeal to liberal Hollywood.

“I’m going to give the NRA my full attention. I hope Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party,” he said, referring to the gun-rights group’s CEO and longtime executive vice president.

The relationship of the NRA to sexual harassment was not explained.

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The NRA did not immediately provide an official comment to The Washington Times on Mr. Weinstein’s attack on its group, but spokesperson Dana Loesch did snicker on Twitter.

“LOL I think you have your hands full, Harvey,” she tweeted.

Mr. Weinstein’s statement continued to attack conservatism as a shield, going on to say that he’d also go after someone perhaps even less popular in Hollywood than the NRA.

“I’m making a movie about our President. Perhaps we can make it a joint retirement party,” he said.

Even some liberal critics were scratching their heads at the statement.

“This is not the statement of someone who understands what he’s done. ‘I’m sorry, but this [s—t] used to be okay, and also please watch my new movie,’”  Samuel Adams of Slate wrote over two tweets.

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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