When footage emerged of Seth MacFarlane cracking a joke about film producer Harvey Weinstein while presenting the 2013 Oscars, the Internet saw red.
In case you missed it, the actress spoke to Ronan Farrow for his The New Yorkerexposé about being invited to the producer's hotel room where he asked for a naked massage, while casually dangling a role for her in a film.
MacFarlane claims that Barth, who co-starred in his Ted movies and had a role on Family Guy, had told him about her horrifying experience with Weinstein in 2011 - a story she has since gone public with.
Weinstein was sacked from The Weinstein Company on Sunday amid the sexual harassment controversy, after The New York Times published a report last week claiming Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women over sexual harassment claims spanning three decades.
After reading the names of the five female actors in the Supporting Actress category - Sally Field for "Lincoln", Anne Hathaway for "Les Miserables", Jacki Weaver for "Silver Linings Playbook", Helen Hunt for "The Sessions" and Amy Adams for "The Master" - MacFarlane said: "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".
"I support her decision, I am in counselling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild", Weinstein said.
"Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger", MacFarlane continued.
Barth is on the growing list of women who allege that Weinstein either harassed or assaulted them, with three women also alleging they were raped by him.
On Wednesday, MacFarlane explained that he wasn't merely going for a laugh but trying to "take a hard swing" at Weinstein for the advances against Barth. In response to those claims, Weinstein acknowledged that he has "caused a lot of pain" and apologized for his inappropriate behavior and added, "I so respect all women and regret what happened".
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