A series of emails accusing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of using heavy-handed tactics to win film release dates have been exposed as fakes.
The film magnate recently found himself at the centre of claims that he pestered Sydney Pollack, one of the producers of new movie The Reader, about a release date for the film – shortly before he died of cancer in May.
The emails – purportedly from The Reader co-producer Scott Rudin – also accused Weinstein of harassing the widow of Anthony Minghella, another of the movie’s producers, shortly after the British moviemaker died from a brain haemorrhage in March.
According to DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com blogger Nikki Finke, the emails read: “HW (Weinstein) went to Minghella’s widow and tried… to insist the film be released this year (and) harassed Sydney on his deathbed until the family asked him to stop because he wanted Sydney to warrant that we would deliver for release this year.”
But now both Weinstein and Rudin have spoken out about the incident – insisting the emails are bogus.
Weinstein tells New York gossip column PageSix: “I never approached Anthony’s widow or Sydney on his deathbed. All of these allegations are totally insane. If Nikki Finke can produce that e-mail, I’ll give $1 million to charity.”
Rudin added:”That is not my e-mail. The contents of it are categorically untrue.”
The Reader, starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, will be released in the US on 12 December.
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