Theatre legend Harvey Fierstein has been forced to clarify that he has definitely not sexually assaulted any women – amid a tidal wave of mistaken abuse.
The actor won a Tony for originating the role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, while he has gone from success to success as a producer, creating a string of camp musicals including La Cage aux Folles and Kinky Boots.
But despite being very gay, the theatre legend has received a tidal wave of abuse this month – from people wrongly accusing him of sexually assaulting women.
The gravelly-voiced actor was forced to make a public statement due to the tidal wave of people who had apparently confused him with Harvey Weinstein, the Miramax film exec who has been plagued with sexual assault allegations this month.
While both men are called Harvey, have similar names, work in the media and are big-time Democrats, Fierstein took to Twitter to make clear that they are actually two different people.
Fierstein wrote: “I’m a good gay! I mean, a good guy. – Guys, We’re Mad At Harvey WEINSTEIN, Not Harvey FIERSTEIN”
Facing an influx of tweets he added: “Be mad at Harvey, not HARVEY! Guys, We’re Mad @ Harvey WEINSTEIN, Not Harvey FIERSTEIN”
Apparently many people simply hadn’t realised that Harvey Fierstein and Harvey Weinstein are two different guys.
One Twitter user confessed: “these headlines were very confusing until i remembered Harvey Weinstein and Harvey Fierstein are different people”.
Another wrote: “I just can’t believe all these accusations of sexual harassment about Harvey Fierstein. I always thought he was gay. “
To clear it up, this is Harvey Fierstein.
And this is Harvey Weinstein.
Fierstein and Kinky Boots co-creator Cyndi Lauper were honoured with their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year.
“What an honour!” Lauper wrote on Instagram after the ceremony.
Away from theatre, Fierstein is a long-time equal rights and HIV/AIDS campaigner,
He was also the first openly gay actor to play a principal gay character on a US TV series, appearing as fashion designer Dennis Sinclair on 1994 CBS series Daddy’s Girls.