Seth MacFarlane reveals fury behind 2013 "joke" about Harvey Weinstein

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And on top of that is perhaps the most important part of all: Barth had asked him to do nothing else.

Comedian Seth MacFarlane, best known for creating Fox sitcom Family Guy and the Ted film franchise, raised eyebrows in 2013 with a pointed dig at Harvey Weinstein, which has been rediscovered as "decades' worth of sexual harassment accusation" against Weinstein were exposed in a New York Times article last week.

In fact, it appears actor Seth MacFarlane joked about the matter at the 2013 Oscars nominations.

MacFarlane claims that Barth, who co-starred in his Ted movies and had a role on Family Guy, had told him about her horrifying experience with Weinstein in 2011 - a story she has since gone public with.

Since the, scores of women have come forward with their own accounts of inappropriate behaviour they claim he made towards them, including a growing number of high-profile actresses, such as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Heather Graham. "This came from a place of and loathing and anger".

After the names of the supporting actress nominees were read, MacFarlane said, "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".

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"There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this", MacFarlane ended his note.

At the time, Weinstein's allegedly predatory behavior was an "open secret" in Hollywood, albeit one that few in the entertainment industry were willing to acknowledge publicly.

"I respect and applaud my friend Jessica and those sharing their stories for their decision to come forward, and for being champions of the truth", MacFarlane tweeted.

Earlier this week, The New Yorker reported an account from Ms Barth about a meeting she had with Mr Weinstein in 2011.

Mr Weinstein has denied allegations of rape made in The New Yorker magazine. Add Harvey Weinstein as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Harvey Weinstein news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance".

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