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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Weinstein Sighting Results in $10,000 Mystery

This is kind of great: Cinematical stalwarts Karina Longworth and Martha Fischer shared a text-message exchange a while ago after Fischer spotted Harvey Weinstein stalking down the street in NYC. I never have this kind of fucking luck:

––I just walked past harvey weinstein. He was talking about ‘splitting ten grand’ – probably lunch plans.

––Well, it might have been Bob – are they both fat and unshaven?

––I just saw a pic of Bob – this was definitely Harv.

Oh, Jesus Christ–like you could not spot Harvey or hear his seismic approach from a mile away. And like you could not tell the difference between him and Bob! The effrontery! See if he ever gives Longworth or Fischer an interview in their lifetimes.
As far as why Harvey was “splitting ten grand,” maybe he was taking out a hit on me. Or maybe he was installing new, top-of-the-line tin cans and string to fix those nagging communications troubles at Weinstein Company HQ. Or maybe he is the one behind this radical cell-phone short film contest upstate, the winner of which gets $5,000. Or maybe he and Bob were splitting up their holiday bonus (they are not dealing with Disney money anymore, you know), or even going halfsies on bribing Quentin Tarantino to stop acting. It could have been anything–you really must ask next time, Ms. Fischer. His followers are counting on you!

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