CAP D’ANTIBES, France (Reuters) – Stars, fashions and the super-rich accumulated at the French Riviera on Thursday for a charity dinner thought to be probably the most glamorous night time of the Cannes Movie Competition, however there used to be one notable absence: Harvey Weinstein.
Till this 12 months, the film multi-millionaire hardly neglected the AmfAR dinner, placed on by way of the U.S.-based Basis For AIDS Analysis.
Weinstein’s representatives didn’t remark without delay on his absence. However they mentioned he had helped the development acquire greater than $170 million through the years and would “proceed to quietly be supportive and passionate for AmfAR.”
Hollywood Reporter referred to as him the development’s former “motive force,” bringing A-list ability to the dinner the place an public sale of paintings, type and elite studies raises tens of millions of greenbacks for AIDS analysis.
Weinstein used to be introduced down closing 12 months by way of scandal. Greater than 70 girls have accused him of sexual misconduct, together with rape, and he has vanished from public view. Weinstein has denied attractive in nonconsensual intercourse.
The accusations gave upward thrust to the world Me Too motion that sparked the downfall of different outstanding males in leisure and politics.
The AIDS fundraiser confronted “a important take a look at for its viability,” Hollywood Reporter mentioned in an editorial, suggesting it had transform tainted by way of the scandal because of Weinstein’s former involvement.
With super-yachts moored within reach, the birthday celebration happened as same old in a marquee at the grounds of the Resort du Cap-Eden-Roc, an unique lodge at the Cap d’Antibes jutting into the Mediterranean alongside the coast from Cannes.
Requested whether or not the development were broken by way of the Weinstein scandal, visitors mentioned that should now not be allowed to occur.
“You’re going to actually sacrifice elevating cash for AIDS sufferers within the title of a few dude and his unhealthy behavior?” mentioned American actress Michelle Rodriguez.
Socialite Paris Hilton applauded the larger consciousness of ladies’s rights because the scandal broke:
“I simply have such a lot recognize for such a lot of of the ladies, and everybody, truly sticking in combination and coming in combination to truly make a large observation. And, numerous other folks don’t seem to be going to be taken benefit of ever once more as a result of individuals are making an enormous distinction at the moment.”
As visitors sipped champagne, track used to be equipped by way of, amongst others, Sting and Shaggy – acting duets of reggae numbers and The Police hit “Each Breath You Take”.
“This night’s tournament goes to be simply as thrilling and entertaining as at all times whilst elevating important price range for AIDS Analysis,” amfAR mentioned forward of the development.
The public sale began with a duplicate of the Palme d’Or trophy that might be awarded on the movie pageant on Saturday. Bidding began at 20,000 euros, and it bought for 220,000.
An array of 31 high fashion clothes fetched 1.three million euros.
Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan appeared amazed as bids fixed for a portray he had achieved of Bob Dylan. At 1.2 million kilos, the portrait bought for greater than double the cost of a sculpture by way of Ai Weiwei, “Iron Root,” which raised 550,000 euros.
Incorporated in the cost used to be a lunch with Brosnan – in London, New York or Los Angeles.
Stars have steadily previously presented themselves for public sale. Ultimate 12 months David Beckham raised 350,000 euros ($415,000) for a possibility to play football with him.
Any other 12 months George Clooney auctioned a kiss for $350,000 and, in 2008, Weinstein joked he would possibly put himself up for bids, however added: “Nobody would pay for me”.
Reporting by way of Robin Pomeroy; Modifying by way of Cynthia Osterman; Modifying by way of Alison Williams, Andrew Heavens and Cynthia Osterman