Because every story has to have a local angle, The Desert Sun reports that alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein was not liked by too many of the 1% who attend the annual Palm Springs Rich People Prom – or, as they call it, the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala.
The Prom’s Chairman Harold Matzner told the paper he heard complaints, just not those complaints.
Matzner said he had heard complaints about Weinstein at past festival galas.
“Not sexual complaints,” he said. “We had him at the gala. Lots of people didn’t like him – in the industry – and that’s understandable. He’s a very extreme personality.”
Matzner also told the paper he is “appalled by what Harvey did, and that it’s not conduct anyone could possibly imagine.”
Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg, who worked with Weinstein in the late ’90s and early ’00s, posted on Facebook on Tuesday that he believes plenty of people involved in the entertainment industry knew what was going on with Weinstein.
“Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing: Everybody-fucking-knew.” Rosenberg wrote in the now-deleted post (transcribed by Deadline). “And do you know how I am sure this is true? Because I was there. And I saw you. And I talked about it with you. You, the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers.”
The Rich People Prom will take place once again this January thanks, in part, to a $350,000 donation in materials, supplies, and services from the City of Palm Springs.