The other day the inimitable Nikki Finke wrote a piece, purportedly based on an email she’d seen from Scott Rudin, accusing Weinstein of badgering both Sydney Pollack on his deathbed and Anthony Minghella‘s widow shortly after his death over the release date of the upcoming The Reader. Weinstein denied the charges. Rudin denied sending the email. Weinstein said if Finke could produce the email he would give $1 million to charity. Oh yeah? Said Finke.
Not only does she have the email, Scott Rudin backtracked and admitted the email was indeed his
As for Scott Rudin, he confirmed to me Monday night that it is his email and claimed that Weinstein’s people pestered him “to protect Harvey and deny the email and lie to Page Six” — so he said he did “in order to keep peace for the next weeks that the two of us still have to work together on The Reader.
Hmm, who knew Scott Rudin was pesterable to that extent. No word yet on where the money is headed or whether Finke gets to pick the charity.