In his new book, musician Moby recalls a brief romance with actress Natalie Portman when she was 20 and he was 33 — a claim she has denied, saying she was 18 when she knew him, and there was no romance. “My recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school,” Portman told Harper’s Bazaar. Now women are rallying round her, ABC News reports, sharing similar experiences.
Comedian and author Lane Moore posted on Twitter, “Here’s the thing about Natalie Portman & Moby. Even if she had ‘dated’ him, she was 18, he was 34. I ‘dated’ 23 year olds when I was 14. I look back now & realize that was NOT dating & was older men being predatory. She isnt faking memory loss. She just finally realized the truth.”
here’s the thing about Natalie Portman & Moby. Even if she had “dated” him, she was 18, he was 34. I ”dated” 23 year olds when I was 14. I look back now & realize that was NOT dating & was older men being predatory. She isnt faking memory loss. She just finally realized the truth pic.twitter.com/czWmnjwAfY
— How To Be Alone (by me Lane Moore) is out now (@hellolanemoore) May 22, 2019
In response to the tweet, one woman said, “Really bummed about the men who have done this to me in my life, even in my professional career. I’ve been told I’m special, etc. and it’s so incredibly depressing,” according to the ABC report.
Separately, another tweeted, “When I was actually 16 (and if anything I might have looked younger) some 30-something dude in my town wanted to be ‘friends’ with me. Hard pass.”
Tweeted another, “Dudes write about themselves from the point of view of some dream like world in which they is adored, in truth he was being trash & a creep to someone newly out of high school. Yuck.”
A number of men jumped in too, expressing support for Portman. One tweeted, “Moby was 34 in 1999. Natalie Portman was 18. Imagine going on social media to convince everyone that you, the 34 year old, dated the 18 year old. And being really proud of it.”
Portman told Harper’s Bazaar that she had not dated Moby, noting, “He said I was 20; I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18. There was no fact checking from him or his publisher — it almost feels deliberate. That he used this story to sell his book was very disturbing to me. It wasn’t the case.”
Moby first responded to the accusations in a defensive Instagram post that has since disappeared. According to ABC, he said in the post, “I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we’d never dated. This confused me, as we did, in fact, date. And after briefly dating in 1999 we remained friends for years. I like Natalie, and I respect her intelligence and activism. But, to be honest, I can’t figure out why she would actively misrepresent the truth.”
Later he put a new post on Instagram, apologizing to Portman for not letting her know that he was including her in the book and for causing her distress. He did not deny his claim that they dated, but said, “I accept that given the dynamic of our almost 14 year age difference I absolutely should’ve acted more responsibly and respectfully when Natalie and I first met almost 20 years ago.”