Seth MacFarlane issues statement about his Harvey Weinstein joke from 2013

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In recent days, the joke has been seen to take on new meaning as shocking stories have come to light regarding Weinstein's gross treatment of women.

Buried within the meticulously reported piece is a mention of Seth MacFarlane making a joke about the open secret of Weinstein's sexual misconduct during the 2013 Academy Awards nominations. One reporter recently detailed a story she was working on in 2004 that she says was gutted after Weinstein visited New York Times HQ to announce his displeasure.

Seth MacFarlane has added some crucial context to a joke he made about now-disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein while preparing to host the 2013 Oscars, saying he made the joke after learning that Weinstein made "attempted advances" on his friend, and noting that the joke came from "a place of loathing and anger". "It was with this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn't resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction", MacFarlane wrote.

"Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".

Ms Barth has responded to criticism of Mr MacFarlane for not speaking up at the time. It got to the point that Barth herself chose to step in, urging them to stop "slamming Seth for not "doing" anything". He stood by me and respected my wishes that he not retaliate in any way. A representative for Weinstein released this statement to The New Yorker: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

And on top of that is perhaps the most important part of all: Barth had asked him to do nothing else. "And I'm, like, 'That's not going to happen'".

It came hours after actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow claimed Weinstein targeted them early in their careers and he faced bombshell claims he raped three women, including Italian actress Asia Argento. Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. And, only after he discussed this with me did he make a statement.

"I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again".