Broadway funnyman Nathan Lane got the last laugh on Hollywood hornball Harvey Weinstein Saturday night when he told an audience of his own toxic encounter with the pervy producer at a Hillary Clinton birthday bash in 2000.
Weinstein, who has been accused of being a serial sexual harasser, once snapped at Lane for telling a combover joke about Rudy Giuliani during the party for Clinton.
The movie mogul had thrown the soiree to celebrate Clinton’s 53rd birthday and as a fundraiser for her inaugural run for the U.S. Senate. Lane served as emcee, but Weinstein didn’t take the Giuliani jab in good humor.
New York magazine reported last week that Weinstein threw “The Producers” star against a wall and screamed, “This is my f—ing show, we don’t need you.”
What was left out of the magazine’s anecdote was Lane’s witty retort.
Weinstein became the pariah of Tinseltown when The New York Times reported that he had been accused of sexually harassing young actresses for over three decades.
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“You can’t hurt me. I don’t have a film career,” he recalled telling Weinstein.
Lane referred to the scuffle during a interview with writer Michael Schulman on Saturday night at the New Yorker Festival.
Weinstein became the pariah of Tinseltown on Thursday when The New York Times reported that he had been accused of sexually harassing young actresses — including Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd — and female staffers over three decades.
The accusations led to a least eight settlements with women.
The incident went down at Hillary Clinton’s birthday party in October 2000.
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The Weinstein Company, the film studio he founded with his brother, suspended him indefinitely after the Times story.
Several elected officials — including Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren — have also stated they plan on giving Weinstein’s political contributions to women’s charities.
In a statement to the Times, Weinstein said he understood the pain his behavior had caused colleagues and was trying to become a better man.