Actor James Woods has criticized Oprah Winfrey for her Golden Globes speech against sexual assault by sharing photographs of her and disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein socializing. Woods has previously been accused of propositioning an actress and her friend when they were underage.
On Jan. 7, Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globe Awards. Winfrey dedicated her speech to addressing the many sexual misconduct scandals that have rocked Hollywood and other industries since Weinstein’s downfall in October 2017.
“So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue,” Winfrey said, according to The Associated Press.
The billionaire mogul added: “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up.”
Winfrey’s speech was met with a warm reception on social media, with some speculating that she could be a viable Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential election.
Woods, an outspoken conservative, appeared to be reacting to Winfrey’s speech and the chatter about her political prospects when he took to Twitter to share pictures of the mogul kissing Weinstein on the cheek at an awards dinner.
“He said, she said,” read Woods’ caption.
Woods tweeted a second picture showing two celebrities posing together at an event, adding a shorter caption of “He. She.”
Finally, Woods shared a photograph of Winfrey and a young blonde woman speaking with Weinstein, writing: “‘Here or to go?'”
Woods subsequently deleted two of the three tweets, according to the Independent Journal Review.
Over 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault, with several alleging that he raped them. Weinstein has denied all such allegations, according to USA Today.
Woods himself has been accused of inappropriate behavior. In September 2017, actress Amber Tamblyn alleged on Twitter that the 70-year-old actor had propositioned her when she was underage, Time reports.
“James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once,” Tamblyn tweeted out, according to Time. “He wanted to take us to Vegas. ‘I’m 16’ I said. ‘Even better’ he said.”
Tamblyn, currently 34, subsequently wrote in an open letter addressed to Woods: “I told you my age because I thought you would be immediately horrified and take back your offer. You laughed.”
Woods asserted on social media that Tamblyn was lying.
Meanwhile, Democratic political operative Jerry Crawford of Iowa predicted that Winfrey would fare well in a Democratic party if she chose to run.
“If she actually got into this race, it’s pretty hard to see how she wouldn’t be one of three at the end of the day coming out of Iowa,” Crawford told CNN.
On Jan. 9, U.S. President Donald Trump weighed in on speculation of a Winfrey campaign during a Cabinet Room meeting.
“Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah,” Trump said.
The president added: “I like Oprah, I don’t think she’s going to run.”
Sources: AP via The Guardian, CNN (2), Independent Journal Review, Time, USA Today / Featured Image: Lwp Kommunikacio/Flickr / Embedded Images: Disney | ABC Television/Flickr, James Woods/Twitter via Independent Journal Review