James Cameron Reveals Clash With Harvey Weinstein At 1998 Oscars Ceremony

'It was happening on the main floor.'

Film director James Cameron has revealed he once had an unexpected clash with Harvey Weinstein, revealing that he “almost” got in a fight with the producer at the Oscars back in 1998.

James won big at the ceremony, with ‘Titanic’ taking home 11 awards, but the he has now opened up about why he nearly “hit” the Miramax co-founder with his Academy Award.

James at the Oscars in question
James at the Oscars in question
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Speaking to Vanity Fair, James answered the question of what he remembers from the night ‘Titanic’ won its Oscar with: I remember almost getting in a fight with Harvey Weinstein and hitting him with my Oscar.”

When quizzed on why the clash took place, James told the magazine it was “to do with Guillermo del Toro and how badly he was dealt with by Miramax on ‘Mimic’”.

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
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The evening saw ‘Titanic’ break records, becoming only the second film in history to win 11 awards. (The record was later equalled again by ‘Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King’ in 2003.)

Weinstein has remained out of the limelight since women began coming forward to accuse him of sexual harassment, abuse, and - in three cases - rape, taking part in an outpatient rehab program.

When the first reports emerged in early October, he apologised for inappropriate behaviour but has “vehemently denied” all accusations of rape.


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