This week, Hollywood has been wracked by the staggering revelation that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has allegedly taken part in numerous incidents of sexual harassment and assault. Many have indicated that Weinstein’s behavior was something of an open secret for years.
In 2013, comedian Seth MacFarlane made a joke at the Oscar nominations at Weinstein’s expense that many are now seeing as eerily prescient.
MacFarlane was joined on stage by actress Emma Stone and made the joke after announcing the five nominees for Best Supporting Actress.
“Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” uttered a stone-faced MacFarlane.
Now, MacFarlane has taken to Twitter to reveal the joke was actually his way of publically disparaging Weinstein after the producer harassed a friend of his.
Actress Jessica Barth, who worked with MacFarlane on the Ted films and had a recurring role on Family Guy, had confided in him prior to the Oscar nominations.
Barth is one of the women who recounted their experiences with Weinstein in a shocking expose in the New Yorker this week.
According to her account, Weinstein called Barth to his hotel room to discuss business after meeting her at a Golden Globes party in 2011.
Weinstein had ordered sushi and champagne and repeatedly tried to pressure Barth into giving him a naked massage, though she refused.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) October 11, 2017
In his Twitter statement, MacFarlane says his joke came “from a place of loathing and anger” and was an attempt to take a “hard swing” at Weinstein.
MacFarlane goes on to call Weinstein’s actions “abhorrent and indefensible,” categorizing them as “an abuse of power.”
Barth hasn’t appeared onscreen since 2015’s Ted 2 but has a starring role in an upcoming horror film called Tell Me Your Name. MacFarlane is currently starring in the FOX series The Orville, which he also created.