Comedian James Corden apologizes for Harvey Weinstein jokes

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(CNN) - Late-night host James Corden apologized for jokes he made about Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced producer who is the target of a growing number of sexual harassment and abuse accusations.

Corden told the jokes Friday at a gala hosted by amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research -- and he took to Twitter Sunday for his mea culpa.

"To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey's inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims," Corden wrote. "I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention."

Weinstein, through a spokesperson, has "unequivocally" denied "any allegations of non-consensual sex."

Corden's comments were captured on video to a mixture of groans and laughs; he delivered a series of quips that alluded to the specific nature of the accusations against Weinstein.

For example, in his opening joke, Corden said the weather was "so beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage."

Weinstein has been fired from his position at the helm of the Weinstein Company and barred from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is at the center of legal investigations in London and New York.

Many people, including two women who have accused Weinstein of rape, said Corden's jokes on Friday made light of the allegations at the heart of the scandal.