Beverly Hills 90210 star Jason Priestley was one of the few men to stand up to Harvey Weinstein, clocking the accused sexual predator for behaving badly.
Some heroes don’t wear capes.
The actor’s friend and respected voice actor Tara Strong, best known for her role as Harley Quinn in the Batman animated series, revealed on Monday that Priestley decked Weinstein at a party one night.
“Heartbreaking… wouldn’t be surprised if this happened to my good friend Jason Priestley,” she wrote, sharing the memory, in response to Mira Sorvino’s tweet thanking Peter Jackson for speaking out about the Weinstein brothers’ smear campaign against her. “Go Jay.”
Priestley confirmed what he did, stating that he pushed away Harvey Weinstein, who grabbed his arm. The actor then punched the Hollywood mogul in the face.
“I’m not going anywhere with you” I said as I pushed him back and punched him with a right hand to his face. Suddenly, there were security guards pulling us apart and I was escorted out of the party…
— Jason Priestley (@Jason_Priestley) December 15, 2017
The 90210 actor elaborated on the altercation in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“Back in 1995, when that event happened with Harvey Weinstein, I didn’t know who that guy was that I punched at that party,” he said. “I didn’t find out until the next morning when I read the paper. I just knew that there was this big bully at this party who was not a nice guy and then asked me to step outside. That was my experience with him.”
The actor stated that he shared his experience with Strong at a dinner party.
“It was a thing that had come to light about Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd, and the way that Harvey apparently went out of his way to do harm to those very talented women’s careers,” said Priestley. “Because my experience had become the topic of conversation in that Twitterverse, I felt it was just time for me to set the record straight about what had actually occurred with the two of us on that night.”
“I mean, look, bad behavior is bad behavior, and bullying is bullying and harassment is harassment,” stated Priestley. “Regardless of your distinction in life, those types of behavior should not be tolerated at any time. And I think that the more that all of us in society stop accepting those types of behavior, the sooner those types of behaviors will stop.”