Harvey Weinstein is currently on trial for assault, but the disgraced movie mogul – who has already been convicted of rape and is currently serving a 23-year sentence – couldn’t help but respond to “She said‘s’ opening weekend performance.
“She Said” received rave reviews and generated awards, but opened to a dismal $2.2 million the past weekend, one of the worst openings for a major studio film this year and a poor $30 million production result. The film is based on the New York Times investigative reporting that contributed to Weinstein’s downfall and sparked the #MeToo movement.
Monday, after “She Said” debuted in theaters, Weinstein’s spokesperson reached out Variety of its own accord to issue a statement on Weinstein’s behalf. He said Weinstein himself could not comment.
In the statement, Weinstein’s spokesperson beamed at the box office performance of “She Said” and praised Weinstein’s talents as a film producer and distributor. The statement makes no mention of his pending criminal trial.
“The bombing of the movie ‘She Said’ is no surprise,” said Weinstein’s spokesman, Juda Engelmayer. “Movie viewers want to be entertained, especially now. Details of the investigation, the #MeToo movement, Weinstein’s story and the accusers have been told over and over for the past five years and it’s clear it was worth little to see it here. Harvey, the movie producer and distributor, would have known that.”
Universal did not respond Variety‘s request for comment on Weinstein’s statement.
“She Said” is based on the book of the same name by the two reporters who covered Weinstein’s story in the New York Times in 2017. Since that story, more than 100 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault and abuse. Real survivors of Weinstein contributed to the movieboth on and off screen, to ensure an accurate and sensitive portrayal of the survivors’ stories.
Weinstein is currently facing an additional 60 years behind bars in Los Angeles, where his criminal trial is underway, and he faces seven counts of rape and assault. He is in the process of appealing his conviction in New York, for which he was sentenced to 23 years in 2020. He also faces additional costs in the UK