Weinstein jeered at rare public appearance

Film mogul Harvey Weinstein has made a rare public appearance at an actors' event in New York.
Film mogul Harvey Weinstein has made a rare public appearance at an actors' event in New York.

Harvey Weinstein has been mocked from the stage and jeered by attendees at a New York actors' showcase during a rare public appearance ahead of his January rape trial.

A comedian at Wednesday's Actor's Hour referred to the disgraced film mogul during her set as "the elephant in the room" and likened him to horror villain Freddy Krueger.

An actor tried questioning Weinstein while another attendee shouted he was a "monster".

Both people were told to leave the Manhattan bar where the event took place.

Weinstein's spokesman says he and his entourage had nothing to do with their removal.

Juda Engelmayer says the producer is "being treated as if he has been convicted".

Weinstein is free on $US1 million ($A1.5 million) bail while he awaits trial. He denies the rape allegations.

Australian Associated Press