The revelation of Harvey Weinstein's alleged predatory sexual misconduct launched the #MeToo movement, and in a recent interview with The New York Post, the disgraced movie mogul bemoaned his fate. His accusers and many others have reacted with fury to his statements.
Weinstein told the Post: "I feel like the forgotten man. I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I'm talking about 30 years ago. I'm not talking about now when it's vogue, I did it first. I pioneered it."
A list of 23 women, including Katherine Kendall and Caitlin Dulany, as well as actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, have issued a statement saying: "He says in a new interview he doesn't want to be forgotten. Well, he won't be. He will be remembered as a sexual predator and an unrepentant abuser who took everything and deserves nothing. He will be remembered by the collective will of countless women who stood up and said enough."
Kendall told reporters: "He seems disturbingly out of touch. What he did shattered countless women's lives. It's time now to listen to the women, it's time for us to reclaim our power."
Dulany called Weinstein's interview "self-promotion gone terribly bad."
Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents many of his victims, said: "Whatever he has done professionally for women may or may not be relevant at the time of sentencing if he is convicted. For now, any attempt by him to recast his tattered reputation or to appear to ask for sympathy will only serve to trigger many of those who allege that they are victims of Mr. Weinstein."
Weinstein is set to go on trial for sex crimes in Manhattan Supreme Court on January 6th. He denies wrongdoing.