Harvey Weinstein misquoted JAY-Z in his statement on sexual harassment allegations

The film executive and producer used a fake 4:44 in response to a New York Times report detailing his decades-long pattern of sexual harassment.

Harvey Weinstein misquoted JAY-Z in his statement on sexual harassment allegations Harvey Weinstein and JAY-Z at the Sundance premiere of TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, January 25, 2017.   Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

In a report published on Thursday in the New York Times, reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey detailed decades of sexual harassment allegations against film producer and executive Harvey Weinstein.

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In addition to on-the-record accusations from Ashley Judd, details of a court settlement with Rose McGowan, and internal communications about harassment from Weinstein company employees, the article also included a statement from Harvey Weinstein, who wrote, "I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”

The statement also erroneously quoted JAY-Z's 4:44, although it's unclear from the statement whether Weinstein meant the album or the song itself.

Jay Z wrote in 4:44 “I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children.” The same is true for me.

As Spin points out, this quote is misattributed to JAY-Z, with whom the Weinstein Company signed a film and TV deal in September 2016. The lyrics are not present in the song "4:44" nor are they featured on any other track on the album.

A representative for JAY-Z was not immediately available for comment.

Harvey Weinstein misquoted JAY-Z in his statement on sexual harassment allegations