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Screenwriter says "everybody f**king knew" about Harvey Weinstein.

Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg says “everybody f**king knew” about Harvey Weinstein.

According to Deadline, Rosenberg has written about his time at Miramax in a lengthy and searingly honest Facebook post, which has now either been removed or made private.

“Harvey and Bob made my first two movies,” he writes in the post. “They anointed me. Made it so other studios thought I was the real deal. They gave me my career.”

The 54-year-old screenwriter describes how the brothers wanted to create a “family of film” and how meetings “would turn into plans that would turn into raucous nights out on the town”.

He says Miramax OG was a “blast”.

“And let me tell you one thing. Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing: Everybody-f**king-knew,” he writes.

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Rosenberg explains that although people didn’t know about the sexual assaults, everyone was aware of a “certain pattern of overly-aggressive behavior that was rather dreadful”.

“We knew about the man’s hunger; his fervor; his appetite.”

The Beautiful Girls writer says everyone turned a blind eye so they could further their own careers.

“If Harvey’s behavior (sic) is the most reprehensible thing one can imagine, a not-so-distant second is the current flood of sanctimonious denial and condemnation that now crashes upon these shores of rectitude in gloppy tides of bulls**t righteousness.”

Rosenberg alleges many big producers, directors, agents, financiers, studio chiefs, actors, actresses, journalists, screenwriters, politicians, and even restaurateurs knew about Harvey Weinstein’s pattern of behaviour.

“I saw you. All of you. God help me, I was there with you,” he writes.

“Again, maybe we didn’t know the degree. The magnitude of the awfulness. Not the rapes. Not the shoving against the wall. Not the potted-plant f**king. But we knew something. We knew something was bubbling under. Something odious. Something rotten.”

He says everyone understood the repercussions of speaking out, the unsaid threat of “You’ll Never Work In This Town Again”.

But he admits people also stayed silent because they enjoyed the lifestyle being in Harvey Weinstein’s circle afforded them.

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“Everybody-f**king-knew. But everybody was just having too good a time. And doing remarkable work; making remarkable movies.

“As the old joke goes: We needed the eggs. Okay, maybe we didn’t NEED them. But we really, really, really, really LIKED them eggs. So we were willing to overlook what the Golden Goose was up to, in the murky shadows behind the barn…”

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"We knew about the man’s hunger; his fervor; his appetite." Image via Getty.

Rosenberg finished off his post by apologising to Weinstein's alleged victims.

"So, yeah, I am sorry. Sorry and ashamed. Because, in the end, I was complicit. I didn’t say s**t. I didn’t do s**t. Harvey was nothing but wonderful to me. So I reaped the rewards and I kept my mouth shut. And for that, once again, I am sorry."

He then called on others in Hollywood to speak out about their own experiences.

"With all these victims speaking up… To tell their tales. Shouldn’t those who witnessed it from the sidelines do the same?

"Instead of retreating to the cowardly, canopied confines of faux-outrage? Doesn’t being a bystander bring with it the responsibility of telling the truth, however personally disgraceful it may be?"

You can read the full post here.