DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg became the latest prominent Hollywood figure to find himself in the crosshairs for unacceptable behavior, this time for making a crude comment about actress Molly Ringwald. Now, Katzenberg has apologized for the off-color remark.
Ringwald detailed the nauseating amount of sexual harassment she suffered during her time in the Hollywood spotlight in an essay for the New Yorker titled “All the Other Harvey Weinsteins.” In it, she pointed a finger at Katzenberg for being a hypocrite.
“The head of a major studio – and incidentally, someone who claims himself to be horrified by the Harvey allegations – was quoted as saying, ‘I wouldn’t know (Molly Ringwald) if she sat on my face,’” she wrote. “Maybe he was misquoted. If he ever sent a note of apology, it must have gotten lost in the mail.”
Ringwald did not name names, but it didn’t take long for readers to connect the dots and trace the comment back to Katzenberg, who quickly responded with a bizarre statement that was half-denial and half-apology.
“That Molly Ringwald had to read those words attributed to me and believe I said them is horrifying, mortifying and embarrassing to me,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Anyone who knows me now or back then knows I do not use language like that as a matter of course, or tolerate it. Ms. Ringwald, 22 years too late, I am deeply, deeply sorry.”
Katzenberg was at the forefront of Hollywood honchos who blasted Weinstein for three decades’ worth of sexual assault and rape allegations from dozens of Hollywood actresses and employees.
“You have done terrible things to a number of women over a period of years,” Katzenberg wrote in an email to Weinstein that he shared with THR. “I cannot in any way say this is OK with me… It’s not at all, and I am sickened by it, angry with you and incredibly disappointed in you.”