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Moby's treatment of Natalie Portman is a master-class in beta-male misogyny

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If someone had said the word ‘Moby’ a week ago, chances are the first thing you’d have thought is ‘Dick.’ That probably hasn’t changed – but now you’d likely be referring to the 90s musician rather than the 19th century whale. Over the past few days Moby has been stress-testing the adage that ‘all publicity is good publicity’ by repeatedly insisting that he and Natalie Portman used to be an item, even if she says they weren’t.

In his new memoir, When It Fell Apart, Moby claims that he dated Portman when he was 33 and she was 20, after they met backstage at one of his concerts. A memoir is traditionally considered a work of non-fiction, however it would seem that the 53-year-old’s book strays into fantasy: Portman has denied the pair ever had a romantic relationship.

“I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me,” Portman told Harper’s Bazaar on Wednesday. She added that while Moby said she was 20 at the time, “I definitely wasn’t…I had just turned 18.” Basic maths bears this out – there is no world in which Moby (born 1965) would have been 33 when Portman (born 1981) was 20.

One might think that getting called out for sleazing on a teenager while you were in your 30s would be mortifying. One might think you’d drop the matter and let the news cycle move on. Moby, however, seems desperate for the world to believe that he dated a girl just out of high school. On Wednesday he........

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