Oscar-Winning producer David Parfitt claims that Harvey Weinstein assaulted him
David Parfitt decided to open up about his assault in the upcoming documentary "Working With Harvey".
Oscar-winning producer David Parfitt has spoken out against Harvey Weinstein in his share of a #MeToo story as he opens up about the time when he was assaulted by the disgraced Hollywood mogul. David made these allegations in the documentary Working With Weinstein, which is set to be broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4 on Tuesday (February 20).
The one-hour video revolves around how Harvey used his power and position to abuse people and use the same to silence people from talking about the alleged incidents. In the interview, David came as one of the special features along with others such as Harvey's former assistant and other people who worked with the film producer.
David says in the interview that the alleged assault took place following a test screening of 2011 film My Week With Marilyn. “When we got through the main shoot and into the test, [Weinstein] decided it wasn’t enough Marilyn’s film and that he wanted more Marilyn,” David says. "The scores came in at the end of the test and they were very good. In his fury about it doing so well when he thought it wouldn’t, he physically assaulted me.”
The British producer then goes on to say that the incident took place when the two of them were talking at the back of the theater right after the test audience had left the venue. “He pinned me up against a Coke machine and threatened all sorts of stuff,” he said. “It was very scary. But he was just furious that the film in our version had worked.”
However, following these allegations, a spokesperson of Harvey came out with a statement saying that these allegations were false. "Mr. Weinstein categorically denies Mr. Parfitt’s claims as provably untrue and outrageous fiction. Mr. Parfitt and Mr. Weinstein had creative differences and any conflict between them were solely over their different visions for the film," the statement read.
"While they had a series of spirited arguments where Mr. Weinstein made a lot of stupid remarks that he wishes he could take back, nothing physical happened. The original version that Mr. Parfitt screened, didn’t include the musical numbers that Mr. Weinstein fought and personally financed to have included in the award-winning film. In David Parfitt’s version, the movie felt like an ensemble piece."
"With Simon Curtis and Harvey Weinstein putting in the musical numbers, it felt like a Marilyn Monroe story. Michelle Williams won the golden globe for her performance in the best musical comedy category and everyone that was associated with the movie, who saw it with the musical numbers, liked it better."
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