Amazon pulls Harvey Weinstein’s glowing memoir he didn’t write

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been busy in prison – allegedly telling his life story to fellow inmates.

The convicted sex offender is the subject of a new memoir, “Harvey Weinstein: My Story,” which was released independently on Amazon in various formats on May 10. The book was available for purchase on Amazon until early Friday afternoon when the listing was released. abruptly dismantled.

Although it appears to have been written by Weinstein and billed as “an autobiography told with remarkable candor”, Newsweek reported on Friday that the book was written by two of his fellow inmates and published by Dennis Sobin, director of the Prisons Foundation. non-profit, which publishes the works of convicts.

“As an author, he’s not afraid to confront his critics with a full and honest account of what he’s done. You be the judge,” read the “About the Author” section of the list. (The Times reviewed the book’s Amazon page before it was removed.)

An Amazon representative confirmed to The Times on Friday that the book was no longer available on its platform.

“All publishers are required to follow our content guidelines and terms and conditions of our service,” the company said in a statement. “This book is no longer for sale and we have taken appropriate action on the publisher’s behalf.”

The 203-page tome, whose cover features a black-and-white photo of a young Weinstein, boasts of the former mogul’s Oscar-winning career before his fall in 2017. Helping to spark the #MeToo movement, the New York The Times and The New Yorker published damning Pulitzer-winning investigations that year into his pattern of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior.

Was that mentioned in the description of the autobiography? No.

Here’s the mind-blowing take on the 70-year-old’s legacy book:

“A lot of people in the film business are lucky if they get just one Oscar nomination. Do you know how many of them Weinstein got? Not three, not 35, but 350. And do you know how many Oscars? A total of 80 in virtually every category. Eighty first-place finishes. In this book, Weinstein recounts not only his unconventional (some say “inappropriate”) methods, but also the accusations that inevitably followed his success. . »

It’s getting worse.

The “About the Author” also called former power broker Miramax “an icon synonymous with the modern American film industry.”

“He took risks in his professional and personal life. He weighed the odds and moved forward without hesitation. The results were amazing,” he said.

Amazing, indeed. Weinstein is serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted in New York in February 2020 of committing a criminal sex act and third-degree rape.

He has been accused of sexual assault, misconduct and harassment by more than 80 women in the US and UK. Weinstein has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

Newsweek has obtained an excerpt from the book’s introduction that explains its unusual backstory.

“At this point, I must point out, in the interest of full disclosure, that we received this autobiography in a roundabout way,” the book passage reads. “It was mailed to us from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, the California prison housing Weinstein. But it was not sent to us by Weinstein himself.

The manuscript was reportedly passed on by two inmates who said they befriended Weinstein in custody, and he told them his story. Weinstein reportedly told inmates that his lawyers would not allow him to tell his story directly – now or before during his trial in New York.

In September, Weinstein will stand trial for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles, where prosecutors have charged him with four counts of forcible rape, four counts of forced oral copulation, two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual penetration by the strength.

He was extradited to Los Angeles last summer for trial after the case was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, backlogs and other objections from his legal team.

Weinstein is expected to face 10 accusers in this trial — but not actors Rose McGowan and Daryl Hannah — and half of those witnesses are alleging uncharged “prior wrongdoing,” according to USA Today. The 11 felony charges implicate five other accusers.

“Harvey Weinstein: My Story” arrived more than a month before Ken Auletta, media critic for The New Yorker, published his biography of Weinstein for Penguin Press on July 12. Auletta, who portrayed Weinstein at the height of his career, named his book “Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Complicity.”

This biography is billed as “a deep dive into the life and career of Harvey Weinstein – how he became one of the most iconic figures in the world of cinema, how he used that position to feed his monstrous sexual appetites and why. he was allowed to operate with such impunity for so many years.

Times Books editor Boris Kachka contributed to this report.

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