Hollywood was in turmoil this week when insiders noticed a self-published autobiography of imprisoned former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was up for sale on Amazon.
The memoir, “Harvey Weinstein: My Story,” for $7.99 a pop, was actually released earlier in May, but gained traction when Hollywood news outlet Puck noticed it was at sell and then wondered if it was legit.
Turns out not. Apparently, the “autobiography” was written by two other inmates serving time at the same Los Angeles facility as Weinstein.
A foreword to the book from the publisher, the Prisons Foundation, reportedly revealed: “At this point, I must point out, in the interest of full disclosure, that we have received this autobiography in the roundabout way… It was sent to us by the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, the California prison housing Weinstein, but it was not sent to us by Weinstein himself.
Reports say the authors befriended Weinstein in prison and he told them his story as he cannot publish a book himself amid his ongoing legal battles.
But Weinstein’s representatives told Page Six on Friday that his Los Angeles attorney had sought an injunction and a cease and desist demanding that the book be taken down and not be labeled an “autobiography.” On Friday evening, the book was removed from Amazon.
Weinstein is serving a 23-year sentence for sexual assault and rape in New York, and also faces an upcoming trial for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles. He denied all charges.
A source tells us Weinstein “knew” about the fake autobiography, but hadn’t read it.
His New York attorney, Arthur Aidala, said on page six of the bruhaha book, “It’s definitely not an autobiography,” and added that if Weinstein were to publish a book, “knowing Harvey, if he was going to do something like that, it would be on a larger scale.
If any publisher touched it, of course.
Sources told Page Six about the origins of the book: “Harvey made quote-unquote friends while incarcerated. When you’re in prison, you talk a lot and there’s not much to do.
The fake autobiography certainly sounded pro-Weinstein. It said on its back cover: “A lot of people in the movie business are lucky if they get just one Oscar nomination. Do you know how many of them Weinstein got? Not three, not 35, but 350. And do you know how many Oscars? A total of 80 in virtually every category. Eighty first-place finishes. In this book, Weinstein chronicles not only his unconventional (some say “inappropriate”) methods, but also the charges that inevitably followed his success.”
The book also said of the fallen producer, “He took risks in his professional and personal life. He weighed the odds and moved forward without hesitation. The results were astounding.
Meanwhile, New York writer Ken Auletta publishes a biography of Weinstein for Penguin which will be released on July 12. Weinstein probably won’t be too happy with this tome either.
An insider who read the fake prison “autobiography” told us about the contents: “It has really crude details about sexual exploits,” comparing the writing to Penthouse.
But Aidala also mentioned that Weinstein would never publish a book himself because “he wouldn’t stack the game against himself before getting into a sexual assault trial” in Los Angeles.
New York Post