James Corden apologizes for ‘joking’ about pal Harvey Weinstein’s sex abuse amid backlash

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Harvey Weinstein’s sex abuse was an open secret in Hollywood, but liberal actors kept silent about it because he helped their careers. (Photo: Mireya Acierto/Getty)

British comedian James Corden apologized for joking about Harvey Weinstein‘s 30 years of sexual harassment.

“To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter,” Corden tweeted Sunday. “I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention.”

Corden, host of the “The Late Late Show,” issued the apology after jokes about his pal Weinstein fell flat at an amfAR gala in Los Angeles last Friday.

The backlash spotlights the growing trend of liberals eating their own as they point fingers over the seedy Weinstein sex scandal.

The audience at the AIDS charity event groaned when Corden joked: “Right here in L.A., it’s so beautiful Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage,” he said (via the Hollywood Reporter).

After the crowd hissed, Corden retorted: “I don’t know whether that groan was that you like that joke or you don’t like that joke. If you don’t like that joke, you should probably leave now.”

When no one left, Corden blithely continued: “It has been weird this week watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath — it’s weird watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water.”

James then tried this awkward joke, which got a mixed reaction: “Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight, but he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest.”

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Afterward, actresses Rose McGowan and Asia Argento (who have accused Weinstein of rape) slammed James Corden on Twitter, and said they were disgusted at anyone who laughed at his jokes.

“Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him,” Argento tweeted.

“Hearing the audience’s vile roars & laughs show EXACTLY what kind of HOLLYWOOD you really are,” McGowan tweeted.

She noted that Corden “is a close friend” of Weinstein, who produced Corden’s 2013 film, “One Chance.”

It’s great that Hollywood is now condemning Weinstein’s three decades of sexual harassment and rapes, but they let it go unchecked for far too long. And here’s why: No one has been thanked at the Oscars more than this sexual predator.

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