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On a dare, Harvey Weinstein may cut $1 million charity check

October 1, 2008

harve.jpgIt takes gusto to be a Hollywood mogul. So when mega-producer Harvey Weinstein questioned the validity of a journalist’s controversial story about himself, he told the New York Post he would cut a $1 million check for charity if the journalist produced the e-mail at the center of the story.

The original story showed comments from an e-mail in which it was claimed that Weinstein harassed Sydney Pollack just before he died to get the release date on a movie changed.  
Well, Weinstein just might have to pull out his checkbook.
On her blog,, L.A. Weekly journalist Nikki Finke this week posted the e-mail in question that appears to be written by Scott Rudin, an Oscar-winning producer who is responsible for upcoming movie “The Reader.”
In the e-mail, which was sent to an unknown recipient whose name was blacked out by Finke, the writer described how someone named “HW” went to “Minghella’s widow” and also harassed “Sydney on his death bed” because he wanted “The Reader” to be released on time this fall.
Finke writes that the “HW” in question was Harvey Weinstein and that the e-mail refers to director Anthony Minghella and writer/producer/director Sydney Pollack, both deceased, who worked on “The Reader,” a period film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes.
A Weinstein representative, who declined to be named, confirmed that the producer pledged to donate $1 million to charity if the e-mail was produced, and said the charity would be Robin Hood, an organization that fights poverty in New York City.

“Once we can verify if it is a valid e-mail, of course Harvey will do the right thing and Robin Hood will be the beneficiary,” the representative said. Weinstein sits on the board of Robin Hood. 
The release date for “The Reader” is Dec. 12.
Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein founded Miramax Films — the studio behind such hits as “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “The English Patient” – but they left Miramax in 2005 to create The Weinstein Co.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)


Not very impressive. Weinstein is worth $250million at a very, very minimum. $1million represents less than 0.5% of this.

Or, put into focus, if the average Americans Income is $40,000(a guess on my part), it is like having to stump up just shy of $200. Not very much.

Doubtless Weinstein will also use his accountants to ensure that this $1million comes out of his corporate pocket not his own. Come on Harvey, match your business genius with a realistic donation – it is after all a tax deductable.

Posted by Nick | Report as abusive

The criticism in the 1st comment is unnecesary: Who says this is Mr. Weinstein’s only possible charitable donation in a year?

Posted by Talus Thomas | Report as abusive

I guess that would have been fitted into an Altman script on Hollywood players at another time. Crass.

Posted by LPD | Report as abusive

Who cares about his true worth or even his motives?
He’s going to cut a $1,000,000.00 check and give it to charity. That’s a good thing Nick.

Weinstein’s OK by me, no matter his politics, preferences, hair color, etc.

Posted by Olddog | Report as abusive

It’s interesting that when rich people give to charity, they are always questioned as to why they do not give more, apparently because they are either greedy or stingy. Yet if the same logic were applied to middle class individuals, the accuser would be considered a troll or some other such individual.

For anyone who wants to complain about another’s actions, be prepared to do as good or better than the one whose actions you find questionable. In the same vein as when one offers criticism – be constructive and offer up your own plan. If you can’t, or won’t, then your complaints are better left unspoken.

Posted by Blake | Report as abusive

Blake, I do and that’s why I complain about publicity stunts by people like Harvey which are aimed purely at enhancing his immage.

Posted by Nick | Report as abusive

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