'I hit him with my Oscar' - James Cameron on fight with Harvey Weinstein

  • 27/11/2017

The Terminator director James Cameron has opened up about a physical altercation he had with disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein at the 1998 Oscars.

Cameron, who saw his magnum opus Titanic tie a record for most Oscars nearly two decades ago, told Vanity Fair he got in a fight with Weinstein during an ad break at the ceremony.

The Avatar filmmaker explained he affronted the movie executive after being told of his film company's poor treatment of friend and fellow director Guillermo del Toro.

"I remember almost getting in a fight with Harvey Weinstein and hitting him with my Oscar," he said.

"It's kind of a long story, but it has to do with Guillermo del Toro and how badly he was dealt with by Miramax on Mimic.

"Harvey came up glad-handing me, talking about how great they were for the artist and I just read him chapter and verse about how great I thought he was for the artist based on my friend's experience, and that led to an altercation."

Cameron said the incident occurred during a commercial break, and only ended because the music that told people it was time to return to their seats had started playing.

"The people around us were saying, 'Not here! Not here!' Like it was okay to fight in the parking lot, you know, but it was not okay there when the music was playing and they were about to go live."

Cameron recounted the incident when asked to recall what happened on the night Titanic became one of the most celebrated films in history.

He admitted that in retrospect, there were probably a lot of people "that would've preferred I had played through on that one".

Weinstein is accused of the sexual assault and sexual harassment of dozens of women, most of whom came forward with their stories after an initial exposé written by The New York Times.