Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Actor Jason Priestley Deletes Tweets Claiming He Hit Harvey Weinstein at a Hollywood Party in 1995


UPDATE: Priestley writes extensively about his very bad drinking problem in his 2014 memoir. He’s been in and out of rehab, crashed cars, been arrested. If the Weinstein episode did occur, it is NOT even alluded to in the memoir. So, please.

EARLIER Just to catch you up: overnight, “Beverly Hills 90210” actor Jason Priestley claimed he “punched Harvey Weinstein in the face” in a series of Tweets. The incident occurred, he said, in 1995 at the Miramax Golden Globes party. Priestley thought he was being removed from the party. When he queried Weinstein, the movie mogul said he didn’t have to leave and that they should talk about. That’s when Priestley took a swing at Weinstein, he says.

The Tweets have now been removed. They exist only in archive and re-Tweets. But think about it: why was Priestley being asked to leave the party in the first place? And if Weinstein told him it wasn’t so, why did Priestley hit him? It makes no sense.

Weinstein’s been revealed to have done terrible things to women. But some of these subsidiary stories don’t make sense. Someone named Tara Strong started this on Twitter, saying she thought maybe Weinstein had hurt Priestley’s career as retribution. Really? Jason Priestley was a middling TV actor. His claim to fame was “Beverly Hills 90210.” He was never really in movies, and certainly not in the category of Miramax actors. So let’s get a grip here. Brandon Walsh was never going to  deliver the King’s Speech.

Nest thing you know, Ian Ziering is going to say he was blacklisted from being in “Chicago.” Come on everyone.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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