Spokesperson Says Harvey Weinstein ‘Would Have Known’ That She Said Would Bomb

When She Said made its world premiere during October’s New York Film Festival, it received critical praise. Some critics even noted the film’s potential for Academy Award nominations. The film debuted to general audiences in the United States this past weekend, and its box office reception has been less positive, with a weak opening weekend that equaled $2.2 million. She Said tells the story of two New York Times journalists who shed light on sexual abuse allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

While the film’s poor opening weekend numbers may surprise some, Weinstein, the film’s villain, is not among the shocked. While the disgraced producer is currently serving a 23-year sentence and facing an additional 60 years for his ongoing rape and sexual assault trial, his spokesperson Juda Engelmayer reached out to Variety with a statement regarding the film’s lack of box office appeal:

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“The film ‘She Said’ bombing isn’t a surprise. Movie watchers want to be entertained, especially now. Details of the investigation, the #MeToo movement, the story of Weinstein and the accusers, has been told over and over again these past five years and it is clear that there was little worth paying to see it here. Harvey, the film producer and distributor, would have known that,” Engelmayer said.

She Said is directed by Maria Schrader and written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. The film is based on the book She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor (played by Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, respectively). The two reporters worked on the 2017 story that exposed Weinstein’s decades-long criminal behavior. Since the story was published, over 100 women stepped forward to share their stories and accuse the disgraced producer of sexual harassment, assault and abuse.

The film’s cast also includes Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Samantha Morton, Tom Pelphre, Adam Shapiro, Jennifer Ehle, Peter Friedman and Mike Houston. Some of Weinstein’s accusers also assisted on the project to ensure accurate portrayals of events.

Harvey Weinstein’s Fall From Grace

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Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein co-founded Miramax. The entertainment company was responsible for producing a slew of praised indie films, including Sex, Lies, and Videotape, The Crying Game, Pulp Fiction, Heavenly Creatures, and Shakespeare in Love. Weinstein received an Academy Award for producing Shakespeare in Love.

When the Weinstein brothers exited Miramax, they founded The Weinstein Company. The Weinstein Company produced many successful films, including Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, and Inglourious Basterds.

As sexual abuse allegations began to pile up against Weinstein following the 2017 New York Times feature, he was removed from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was arrested and charged with rape in New York in May 2018. Weinstein was convicted in 2020, and sentenced to 23 years. He is on trial for additional charges and is in the process of appealing his 2020 conviction.