In a Twitter post on Thursday, MacFarlane said that the joke was his way of attacking Weinstein, who MacFarlane claims sexually harassed his friend Jessica Barth. She 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. Add Harvey Weinstein as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Harvey Weinstein news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Barth - who co-starred in MacFarlane's Ted movies - told him that Weinstein had made repeated and unwanted moves on her.
During the Oscars in 2013, MacFarlane's jab at Weinstein came after running through the nominees for Best Supporting Actress.
Today, he elaborated, writing, "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".
Barth was one of the women to come forward with allegations against Weinstein in The New Yorker's bombshell story published Tuesday.
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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. It was with this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn't resist the opportunity to hake a hard swing in his direction.
As previously reported, Weinstein was sacked from his own company on Sunday, October 8, days after The New York Times published a report including several sexual harassment claims against the Oscar victor. "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances".
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences-which hosts the Oscars-released a statement on Wednesday condemning Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment and assault, calling the behavior of the 65-year-old producer, who is an Academy member, "repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents".
"Over the last week, there has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for".