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Harvey Weinstein Misquoted Jay-Z In His Statement About The Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him

Oh god.

Posted on October 5, 2017, at 4:43 p.m. ET

On Thursday, Oct. 5, the New York Times reported that there have been sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein that go back decades, including an account from actor Ashley Judd.

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In response, Weinstein released the following statement:

In the statement, Weinstein quotes his producing partner, Jay-Z. "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."

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Weinstein and Jay-Z have a personal and professional relationship. In 2016, The Weinstein Co. and Jay-Z signed an exclusive film and TV deal together that would lead Weinstein and Jay to work on a number of projects together.

But, as Spin first noticed, those lyrics do not appear in the rapper's song "4:44" or on his album of the same title.

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Here are the only lyrics that seem similar to the sentiment in Weinstein's statement:

And if my children knew
I don’t even know what I would do
If they ain’t look at me the same
I would prob’ly die with all the shame

BuzzFeed News has reached out to a representative for Jay-Z for a comment.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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