Hollywood was humming this week when insiders saw that an independently published collection of memoirs by imprisoned ex-film magnate Harvey Weinstein sprung available to be purchased on Amazon.
“Harvey Weinstein: My Story,”
for $7.99 a pop, was really delivered prior in May, yet it built up some forward movement when the Hollywood bulletin Puck saw it was available to be purchased and afterward contemplated whether it was genuine.
Turns out it’s not. Evidently the “collection of memoirs” was written by two different detainees spending time in jail in a similar LA office as Weinstein.
A forward to the book by the distributer, the Prisons Foundation, supposedly uncovers:
“Right now, I should bring up in light of a legitimate concern for complete story that our getting this personal history arrived in a roundabout manner… It was sent to us from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, the jail in California lodging Weinstein. However, it was not sent to us by Weinstein himself.”
Reports said that the writers got to know Weinstein in prison and that he handed-off his story to them since he can’t distribute a book himself in the midst of his continuous fights in court.
However, Weinstein’s reps told Page Six on Friday that his Los Angeles lawyer petitioned for an order and a quit it requesting the book be brought down, and not be called an “collection of memoirs.” By Friday night, the book was taken off Amazon.
A source told us that Weinstein “knows about” the faux autobiography, but hasn’t read it.
His New York attorney, Arthur Aidala, told Page Six of the book bruhaha: “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 this, it would be on a bigger, more grand scale.”
If any publisher would touch it, that is.
Sources told Page Six of the origins of the book,
“Harvey has made some quote- unquote friends while he’s been incarcerated. When you’re in prison, you talk a lot, and there is not that much to do.”
The fake autobiography certainly seemed to be pro-Weinstein. It said on its back cover:
“Many people in the movie field are lucky if they get a single Academy Awards nomination. Do you know how many of them Weinstein received? Not three, not 35, but 350. And do you know how many Oscars? A total of 80 in virtually every category. Eighty first-place wins. In this book, Weinstein not only tells of his unconventional (some say ‘inappropriate’) methods but of the accusations that inevitably followed his success.”
The book also said of the fallen producer:
“He took chances in his professional and personal life. He weighed the odds and moved forward without hesitation. The results were astounding.”
Meanwhile, New Yorker writer Ken Auletta is publishing a Weinstein biography for Penguin that comes out Jul. 12. Weinstein won’t likely be too happy with that tome either.
One insider who read the phony prison “autobiography” told us of the content:
“It has really gross details of sexual exploits,”
comparing the writing to Penthouse.
But Aidala also mentioned that Weinstein would never put out a book now himself since,
“He wouldn’t stack the deck against himself before he gets into a sex assault trial”
in Los Angeles.