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Harvey Weinstein thinks he’s a feminist trailblazer, despite sexual misconduct accusations from 80-plus women. “My work has been forgotten,” the disgraced producer told the New York Post last week. “I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker.” Weinstein, 67, cited the $10 million his studio paid Gwyneth Paltrow for the 2003 film, View From the Top, claiming it was more than any man was paid by an independent studio at the time. “I did it first,” Weinstein said. “I pioneered it.” Days earlier, Weinstein and his bankrupt studio reached a deal to settle dozens of civil lawsuits fo‹r $25 million. Eighteen alleged victims would split $6.2 million, with the rest divided among other cases. It would be paid by an insurance company, not Weinstein, who would not be required to admit wrongdoing. He goes on trial on multiple counts of rape and sexual assault on Jan. 6.
Mongolia appears to have given Donald Trump Jr. special treatment after he killed an endangered sheep on an August hunting trip, ProPublica.org reported last week. President Trump’s eldest son shot a red deer and an argali—a giant sheep known for its 6-foot curved horns. He was granted an extremely rare permit to kill the sheep only after he’d left the mountainous region. Mongolia depends on aid from the U.S. to keep neighbor China at bay, and Trump Jr.—who was joined on his nighttime hunting expedition by government security officers and five American men described as bodyguards or Secret Service agents—met afterward with Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga. Wealthy Westerners can buy permits for up to $50,000 to kill argali.
The New York Giants released star cornerback Janoris Jenkins last week after he shrugged off calling a fan “retard” on Twitter. In response to a tweeted question from the fan about the Giants’ disastrous season, Jenkins, 31, replied, “I can only do my job…retard.” He apologized, but insisted the word isn’t a slur for people with a developmental disability. “That is a slang I use back with my homeboys in the hood,” he said. Jenkins, who’s from Pahokee, Fla., has been picked up by the playoff-bound New Orleans Saints. ■