Screenwriter pens viral Facebook essay apologizing for Weinstein scandal: ‘Everybody f***ing knew’

Screenwriter pens viral Facebook essay apologizing for Weinstein scandal: ‘Everybody f***ing knew’
Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg apologized for being complicit in film producer Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual assault scandal. In a Facebook post, Rosenberg said everybody in Hollywood "f***ing knew" what Weinstein had done to women within the industry. (Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

Scott Rosenberg, a Hollywood producer and screenwriter whose cinematic repertoire includes films like “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Beautiful Girls,” and “High Fidelity,” penned a scathing essay about embattled Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misdeeds, and apologized for being complicit in the resulting scandal.

What did he say?

Rosenberg in a Facebook post repeatedly said that everybody in Hollywood “f***ing knew” what Weinstein had done — and would continue to do — to women within the industry, and apologized profusely for getting caught up in the mystique behind Weinstein’s “Golden Goose”-like success

In his essay, Rosenberg recapped the good old days, and apologized for standing on the sidelines, simply watching the systematic allegations of abuse unfold.

“I’ve worked with Mira [Sorvino] and Rosanna [Arquette] and Lysette [Anthony],” he wrote. “I’ve known Rose [McGowan] and Ashley [Judd] and Claire [Forlani] for years … Their courage only hangs a lantern on my shame.”

He added that Weinstein would often lavish gifts of splendor on him — and presumptively on others within his “circle” — and though he was treated exceptionally by Weinstein, he knew full well about the allegations being made behind the scenes.

“I reaped the rewards and I kept my mouth shut,” Rosenberg regretfully wrote.

Despite admitting complicity in knowing about his benefactor’s seedy underbelly but doing nothing, Rosenberg denied knowledge of any rapes.

“God help me,” he wrote, imploring producers, directors, agents, financiers, studio chiefs, actors, actresses, models, journalists, screenwriters, rock stars, restaurateurs, and politicians, “I was there with you.”

He continued, “Again, maybe we didn’t know the degree. The magnitude of the awfulness. Not the rapes. Not the shoving against the wall. Not the potted-plant f***ing. But we knew something.

“We knew something was bubbling under,” Rosenberg added.

Toward the end of his missive, he urged others to come forward and be sorry along with him, warning those who knew about the allegations and never did or said anything to admit to being just as complicit as he had been.

“You should be sorry, too,” Rosenberg added. “Because I was there with you.”

You can read Rosenberg’s full Facebook post, courtesy of Deadline, here.

 

 

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