Scott Rosenberg has a different story than almost everyone else in Hollywood.
While the biggest names have denied that they ever heard rumors about Harvey Weinstein that have been echoed by dozens of women in the last several weeks, the “Beautiful Girls” writer insists that the producer’s proclivities were never secret.
“Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing: Everybody f–king knew,” Rosenberg wrote on Facebook.
“Not that he was raping. No, that we never heard. But we were aware of a certain pattern of overly aggressive behavior that was rather dreadful. We knew about the man’s hunger; his fervor; his appetite. There was nothing secret about this voracious rapacity; like a gluttonous ogre out of the Brothers Grimm. All couched in vague promises of potential movie roles. (And, it should be noted: there were many who actually succumbed to his bulky charms. Willingly. Which surely must have only impelled him to cast his fetid net even wider).”
Rosenberg’s first two films – “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” (1995) and “Beautiful Girls” (1996) – were distributed by Miramax, the company owned by Bob and Harvey Weinstein.
“They gave me my career,” he wrote.
And while he said he never knew the extent to which Weinstein allegedly assaulted women, he said the rumors were constantly discussed with “big producers,” “big directors, “big agents,” “big financiers,” “big rival studio chiefs,” “big actors,” “big actresses,” “big models, “big journalists” “big screenwriters,” “big rock stars,” “big restaurateurs” and “big politicians.”
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault
So Rosenberg stayed quiet and Weinstein continued throwing his parties.
“I am eternally sorry. To all of the women that had to suffer this…I am eternally sorry. I’ve worked with Mira (Sorvino) and Rosanna (Arquette) and Lysette (Anthony). I’ve known Rose (McGowan) and Ashley (Judd) and Claire (Forlani) for years…Their courage only hangs a lantern on my shame. And I am eternally sorry to all those who suffered in silence all this time. And have chosen to remain silent today,” he wrote.
“So, yeah, I am sorry. Sorry and ashamed. Because, in the end, I was complicit. I didn’t say s–t. I didn’t do s–t. Harvey was nothing but wonderful to me. So I reaped the rewards and I kept my mouth shut. And for that, once again, I am sorry.”
Last week, Jane Fonda made a similar admission.
“I found out about Harvey about a year ago and I’m ashamed that I didn’t say anything right then,” the actress told CNN.
“I’m so proud of those fellow actors that are speaking up and I know that it’s taken a long time. It’s a very, very, very, hard thing to do. You don’t get anything out of it as the person who has been victimized. But it’s important that it come out.”