Ephraim Hard­cas­tle

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TINA Brown, 63, for­mer busi­ness as­so­ciate of Har­vey We­in­stein, found him ‘a beguiling Fal­staffian charmer… very Trumpian… a big, blus­tery, rough di­a­mond kind of a guy,’ adding: ‘He’s really fear­ful, para­noid, and hates be­ing touched (at any rate, when fully dressed)… I of­ten used to won­der if the phys­i­cal dis­so­nance be­tween his per­sonal gross­ness and his artis­tic sen­si­bil­ity – which was gen­uine – made him crazy.’ Not quite a ring­ing en­dorse­ment but more pos­i­tive than the spout­ings of know-all Hollywood lig­gers happy to pocket his money.

APRO­POS We­in­stein, Kate Winslet, 42, ad­mits to Van­ity Fair that she was aware of his sex­ual pre­da­tion. This didn’t dis­cour­age her from star­ring as an ex-Nazi prison guard in his movie The Reader, in which she stripped off for sex scenes and won an Os­car. Now she’s star­ring in Woody Allen’s new movie Won­der Wheel, clearly un­per­turbed by al­le­ga­tions of his creep­ysound­ing pre­vi­ous sex­ual be­hav­iour.

NO-non­sense BBC in­ter­viewer An­drew Neil is unim­pressed with fu­neral-faced Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond’s gloomy mien, re­mark­ing to the lat­ter’s Trea­sury col­league Liz Truss: ‘Should you have a word with your boss? Can’t you cheer him up a bit?’ Ap­pear­ing on BBC Two’s Daily Pol­i­tics, Ms Truss un­con­vinc­ingly re­sponds: ‘He’s a very happy man.’ Neil fires back: ‘No he’s not. He looks mis­er­able!’

AS the cre­ator of Vic­to­ria star­ring Jenna Cole­man, 31 ( pic­tured), Daisy Good­win, 55, is praised for her sen­si­tive han­dling of the 19th cen­tury Ir­ish potato famine. Her real hero is not Queen Vic­to­ria but Cork vicar Dr Robert Traill who fed the starv­ing be­fore dy­ing of famine fever. Very mov­ing. As well it might – Traill is Daisy’s great- great­great-grand­fa­ther.

HAR­VEY We­in­stein, in­vited to the re­mar­riage of his Bri­tish fa­ther-in-law, Brian Chap­man, was bil­leted at a mod­est, three-star ho­tel on the Isle of Wight where he or­dered spe­cial li­nen, a valet, large TV sets, fridges stocked with or­di­nary and diet cola, cran­berry juice, an ice ma­chine and a spe­cial ce­real. Adds my source: ‘A chef and a bar­man had to be on duty all night along with overnight sec­re­tar­ial as­sis­tance. His of­fice ex­plained how his cases should be packed and how his socks must be rolled.’ No men­tion of any spe­cial fe­male bath-time treats.

RO­NAN Far­row, 29, whose ex­posé on Har­vey We­in­stein was pub­lished by The New Yorker, jokes about his mother Mia Far­row’s sug­ges­tion that it was ‘pos­si­ble’ her ex-hus­band Frank Si­na­tra – rather than long-time part­ner Woody Allen – was the young man’s fa­ther. Ro­nan tweeted: ‘Lis­ten, we’re all *pos­si­bly* Frank Si­na­tra’s son.’ A vari­a­tion on an old Scot­tish say­ing, ‘we’re all Jock Thomp­son’s bairns’, a sen­ti­ment in­di­cat­ing that ‘we’re all the same un­der the skin’.

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