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James Corden Catches Flak for Joking About Harvey Weinstein

"If you don’t like that joke you should probably leave now," the comedian said at a Hollywood event

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    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017)

    Television talk show host James Corden is facing a backlash over jokes he made about film producer Harvey Weinstein.

    Corden made a string of quips about Weinstein and the sexual misconduct allegations against him during a black-tie Hollywood charity event Friday. Video footage from the event shows Corden joking about about an invitation from Weinstein for a massage in his room and watching the mogul in "hot water" in a bathtub.

    As laughs and groans filled the audience, Corden said, "I don’t know whether that groan was that you liked that joke or you don’t like that joke. If you don’t like that joke you should probably leave now."

    Italian actress Asia Argento, one of Weinstein's accusers, chided Corden Sunday on Twitter, saying, "shame on this pig."

    Rose McGowan, another Weinstein accuser, tweeted that Corden's jokes show "EXACTLY what kind of HOLLYWOOD you really are."

    The host of "The Late Late Show" apologized on Twitter, saying he intended to shame Weinstein and called Weinstein's behavior "inexcusable." Corden tweeted, "To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter."

    Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual relations.