James Corden apologises for Harvey Weinstein jokes

James Corden has apologised for his jokes about disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

The English comedian referred to Weinstein several times during an amfAR charity gala in Los Angeles on Friday.

Two of Weinstein's alleged victims Rose McGowan and Asia Argento, who have both accused the producer of rape, hit out at Corden on Twitter.

During the gala, Corden said: "It's been weird this week watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath, it's weird."

amfAR Los Angeles 2017 - Inside
amfAR Los Angeles 2017 - Inside

Following the backlash, Corden took to social media to defend himself, saying: "To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey's inexcusable behaviour, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention."

Weinstein has apologised for his inappropriate behaviour, but has strenuously denied claims of sexual assault. He has been fired from the film company he founded and his wife Georgina Chapman has left him.

Over the weekend, his younger brother Bob Weinstein said: "I have a brother that's indefensible and crazy. I want him to get the justice that he deserves."