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James Corden Apologizes After Backlash Over Harvey Weinstein Jokes: 'Sexual Assault Is No Laughing Matter'

The audience can be heard groaning as he made numerous jokes about rape at the amFAR gala. 

Hollywood has been wracked with controversy in the wake of a report on the decades-long abuse of prominent film executive and producer Harvey Weinstein. While some celebrities have reacted to the scandal with thoughtful reflection, others have taken the matter less seriously. Now, viral late night host James Corden finds himself apologizing for making light of the situation.

At the amFAR gala in Beverly Hills this past Friday, Corden attempted to make a joke targeting Weinstein, but his comedy was met with a mixed reaction: “This is a beautiful room, this is a beautiful night here in LA. It is so beautiful that Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel room to give him a massage," he said to the audience. While a few laughed, audible groans could be heard in the crowd.

“I don’t know whether that groan was that you liked that joke, or you don’t like the joke,” Corden continued. “If you don’t like the joke, you should probably leave right now.”

Corden made another attempt: “It has been weird this week though hasn’t it, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water, ask any of the women who watched him take a bath, it’s weird watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight but he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest."

"Come on!" he screamed at the audience who, at that point, was refusing to react positively.

A handful of celebs and pop culture writers, including Rose McGowan (who is one of the many accusing Weinstein of misconduct) called Corden out on his insensitivity:

By Sunday, Corden had taken to social media in an attempt to walk back his comments:

Weinstein continues to deny all alegations of rape made against him.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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