Seth Macfarlane admits 'loathing' behind Oscars joke about Harvey Weinstein

Brad Pitt confronted Harvey Weinstein at a movie premiere in the mid 1990s after being told by his then girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow that he had propositioned her

Brad Pitt confronted Harvey Weinstein at a movie premiere in the mid 1990s after being told by his then girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow that he had propositioned her

Seth MacFarlane said Wednesday that his barbed joke about Harvey Weinstein while hosting the 2013 Oscars "came from a place of loathing and anger". MacFarlane then read aloud the names of the five Best Supporting Actress Nominees, which included Sally Field,Anne Hathaway,Jacki Weaver, Helen Hunt and Amy Adams, all of whom with the exception of Field have worked with the movie mogul on previous projects.

And that's when MacFarlane tossed off a joke: "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein". "She has since courageously come forward to speak out", he said.

Let the record show that Seth MacFarlane's joke about Harvey Weinstein during the 2013 Academy Awards nominations telecast was meant as a "hard swing" at the scandal-embroiled film producer.

In recent days, the joke has been seen to take on new meaning as shocking stories have come to light regarding Weinstein's gross treatment of women. Especially when it involves a famous person, thousands of people automatically don't believe you because they assume you are just doing it for a settlement or are trying to get famous or think you for some reason were "asking for it".

"There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this", he continued.

The actress, who stars in "Ted" and its sequel, detailed what allegedly ensued in 2011 after Weinstein - who has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by numerous women in the past week - requested she join him in his room at the Peninsula Hotel after the Golden Globes with the promise of discussing film opportunities.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple actresses, including Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow. MacFarlane applauded his friend for finally sharing her story in public.

Now, in the light of a stunning array of sexual misconduct allegations against the powerhouse producer, The Family Guy creator is explaining the full context of his remark.

Mr Weinstein has denied allegations of rape made in The New Yorker magazine.

Weinstein's wife Georgina Chapman announced on Tuesday that she is leaving him after 10 years of marriage.

In response to the initial New York Times report, he said: "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it".

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