Disgraced Harvey Weinstein believes his actions can be justified, as he allegedly engaged in sexual harassment, assault, and rape to “change the world,” it was reported.
As hundreds of women and men continue to come forward to accuse celebrities and powerful men of sexual harassment, assault, rape, and even pedophilia in the wake of the Weinstein scandal, with Kevin Spacey becoming the latest victim of a sex scandal, Weinstein reportedly believes he is “a martyr for social change.”
The seemingly bizarre claim surfaced as part of a Page Six report, which cited unnamed sources. The sources claimed that Weinstein had been telling his friends that he was born to be accused of sexual harassment, assault, and rape dating back forty years in order to “change the world.”
“Harvey believes he is a savior,” an unnamed source told the publication, adding that the disgraced Hollywood mogul had been telling his friends that he was “born to take the fall for his behavior in order to ‘change the world.'”
The sources also added that Weinstein is “resigned to his punishment – as a martyr for social change.” Page Six immediately reached out to a rep for Weinstein, who called the claims “absurd.”
More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, but the Hollywood producer has repeatedly denied “any allegations of nonconsensual sex” through reps.
The Producers Guild of America banned Weinstein for life following the sexual harassment allegations, as announced by the guild on Monday. Later the same day, The New York Times published a report citing more accusers and alleging that the disgraced producer’s behavior goes back to the 1970s.
The Times piece complemented its initial report released on October 5, which thrust itself into the national spotlight and has prompted dozens of other women to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, and rape.
The full list of Weinstein’s alleged victims of sexual misconduct was tweeted out by Italian film actress and director Asia Argento on Monday.
Argento has previously claimed in a New Yorker piece that she was raped by Weinstein. The Weinstein scandal has triggered a national uproar and prompted hundreds of women to come forward and sink the careers of powerful men.
The list of powerful men who have been booted off their jobs after being accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of the Weinstein scandal includes Mark Halperin, John Besh, Robert Scoble, James Toback, Roy Price, Terry Richardson, and Leon Wieseltier.
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