Seth Macfarlane admits 'loathing' behind Oscars joke about Harvey Weinstein

Seth Macfarlane
Macfarlane said he "couldn't resist' taking a stab at the media mogul. Photo credit: Getty

Seth Macfarlane has thrown his own shade at Harvey Weinstein, revealing the truth behind his crack at the media mogul during the 2013 Academy Awards. 

Weinstein stands accused of sexual harassment by several women in Hollywood, leading to his dismissal from his own company and separation from his wife.

Family Guy creator MacFarlane made a joke during his announcement of Best Supporting Actress at the 2013 Oscars, telling nominees "congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".

The joke received scattered laughter throughout the crowd. 

Macfarlane posted on Twitter Wednesday, saying his joke was made in "loathing", after a friend's account of sexual harassment.

"In 2011, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances," MacFarlane tweeted. 

"She has since courageously come forward to speak out. It was with this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn't resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction. 

"Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger. There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this."