Nathan Lane: Harvey Weinstein Threw Me Against A Wall And Threatened Me

The embattled producer went after the Broadway star at Hillary Clinton's birthday party in 2000.

Hollywood is still reeling from sexual harassment allegations lodged against Harvey Weinstein from a number of actresses, including Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd. On Sunday, the Weinstein Company board of directors terminated him, citing “new information about misconduct… that has emerged in the past few days.”

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Vulture reports on a litany of bizarre allegations against Weinstein, including the time he allegedly assaulted out actor Nathan Lane.

At Hillary Clinton’s birthday party in 2000, Weinstein was reportedly furious at Lane, the emcee of the event. A source told Page Six, “He took exception to a silly joke about Mayor Giuliani’s comb-over, and exploded, yelling something like, ‘This is my fucking show, we don’t need you.’ He threw Lane up against a wall.”

Without missing a beat, Lane barked back, “You can’t hurt me, I don’t have a film career.”

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At that same party, Weinstein berated—and then fired—an assistant for letting Jimmy Buffett and Harrison Ford briefly sit on a couch that was reserved for him.

In a statement to Huffington Post, Meryl Streep said she was “appalled” by the allegations.

“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” said Streep, who worked with Weinstein on The Iron Lady and other films. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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