By now, Harvey Weinstein is a name known to everyone, but not just because of his illustrious movie career. The disgraced film executive is currently the most talked about man in show business after a string of A-list women have come forward to accuse him of sexual harassment and rape.
Weinstein has firmly denied all the allegations against him, however a representative for the Pulp Fiction producer stated that Weinstein “believes that all of these relationships were consensual.” Although, his recent actions would seem to contradict this, after the Los Angeles police were called to Weinstein’s daughters home after a “suicidal and depressed” Weinstein ran into the street and begged for a lift from a stranger.
The LAPD were called to 22-year-old Remy Lily Weinstein’s home on Wednesday morning, after his eldest daughter made a welfare call. Officers stayed on the scene for 30 minutes, but no arrests were made.
Neighbors claim they heard Weinstein and his daughter arguing inside the house, before the movie mogul stormed from the property and into the street after shouting, “You’re making it worse!”. Once in the street, he flagged down a car where he asked the driver to take him away. Eventually, Remy Lily managed to bring her father back into the house.
According to TMZ, Lily stated in her 911 call that her father was suicidal, but when officers arrived at the scene she told them that he was no longer at risk. Despite that, police have confirmed that they are still investigating the incident which was caught on camera.
Weinstein had previously announced that he would be traveling to Europe to enter himself into rehab for a sex addiction. However, sight of him still in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning confirmed that those plans had since changed.
Instead, the 65-year-old who has since been fired from the board at his own company, flew to Arizona on Wednesday afternoon. It is thought that he will be checking into The Meadows center, a $40,000-per-month rehabilitation facility popular with celebrities. Disgraced golfer, Tiger Woods checked into the facility earlier this year following his DUI arrest, it was also the facility chosen to treat supermodel Kate Moss for a cocaine addiction after a video of her snorting the substance went public in 2005.
Despite the severe allegations made against the film executive, he still hopes to salvage his career and be reinstated on the board of directors at The Weinstein Company, a company he co-founded in 2005.
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.