MacFar­lane’s 2013 dig at We­in­stein made clear

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“Fam­ily Guy” cre­ator Seth MacFar­lane, who took a swipe at Har­vey We­in­stein dur­ing the tele­vised Os­car-nom­i­na­tions an­nounce­ment in 2013, said to­day the barb came from “a place of loathing and anger” sparked by a We­in­stein ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tion made by one of MacFar­lane’s co-stars in the film “Ted.”

“In 2011, my friend and col­league Jes­sica Barth, with whom I worked on the ‘Ted’ films, con­fided in me re­gard­ing her en­counter with Har­vey We­in­stein and his at­tempted ad­vances,” MacFar­lane wrote on his Twit­ter page. “She has since coura­geously come for­ward to speak out. 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. Make no mis­take, this came from a place of loathing and anger.” Barth has said she met with the pro­ducer in a ho­tel room in 2011 and he of­fered her a film role if she would give him a naked mas­sage in bed. Dur­ing the Os­car-nom­i­na­tions an­nounce­ment in Jan­uary 2013, MacFar­lane stood next to ac­tress Emma Stone and an­nounced the nom­i­nees for best sup­port­ing ac­tress. Af­ter read­ing the names, he added, “Con­grat­u­la­tions, you five ladies no longer have to pre­tend to be at­tracted to Har­vey We­in­stein.”


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