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The British Right’s Favorite Sex Offender

The British Right’s Favorite Sex Offender

In October 2017, a week after The New York Times published testimony from eight women accusing the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sex offenses, one of Weinstein’s old friends published an article defending him. “I smell a rat when it comes to Harvey Weinstein,” the writer Panagiotis “Taki” Theodoracopulos declared in the British magazine The Spectator. “Harvey’s a committed lefty, Hillary’s pal, and he thinks that the Germans were all bad 70 years ago (he’s totally and catastrophically wrong on all counts). But I really like him.” The column was classic Taki: provocative, arrogant, and self-incriminatory. (The writer, who is universally known by his nickname, was once described by The Spectator’s former owner as having views “almost worthy of Goebbels.”) “In Harvey’s case, there is a lot to hang him with, and now that it’s out in the open, they are all creeping out of the woodwork,” he wrote. “Even an ugly waitress has suddenly recalled that she served the ‘pig’ while he hit on women.” Read: ‘Alleged’ no longer Reading these words, the historian …