Upon realizing that his world was about to implode, Weinstein sent an email to his employees to request that they give him a “second chance” after he takes “a leave of absence and get[s] into heavy therapy and counseling.”
He maintained that “a lot of the allegations are false” before requesting his employees write a letter in support of him that he can use as evidence of his good character. “If you could write this letter backing me, getting me the help and time away I need, and also stating your opposition to the board firing me, it would help me a lot,” he typed.
Despite his pleadings for support from staff, The Weinstein Company chose to unanimously dismiss him. In a defiant stand, the company released a statement to confirm their disassociation from Weinstein:
“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged int the past few days, the directors of the Weinstein Company – Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – have determined an have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”
However, many are skeptical that The Weinstein Company was oblivious to the serious allegations.
Questions have been raised about how the board could be clueless about Weinstein’s misconduct considering the number of settlements the company have paid out, with the first going back to an incident in 1991, according to The Times.
Weinstein’s wife Georgina Chapman has also distanced herself from the movie mogul. The 41-year-old designer, who married Weinstein in 2007, announced that she would be filing for divorce:
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”
But, again Weinstein hopes to rescue the situation once he returns from therapy. Talking to Page Six, he said: “I don’t want her or my children to be hurt any more than they already have. I truly love Georgina, and I hope one day we can reconcile, although right now I don’t know if that could possibly happen.”
Chapman has kept a low profile since the scandal emerged and even cancelled a preview for her brand Marchesa, just 24 hours before it was scheduled to go ahead this Thursday.
Currently over 30 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment, including actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan.