Harvey Weinstein: We all make mistakes
Weinstein is thought to be on his way to a rehab facility.
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has told reporters “I’m not doing okay” but “we all make mistakes” as he was filmed on camera for the first time since the scandal broke.
Weinstein was filmed, dressed in a black t-shirt and scruffy jeans, while thought to be leaving his daughter’s house in Los Angeles.
Asked how he was, the producer told TMZ: “I’m trying my best… I’m not doing OK but I’m trying.”
The incident follows a string of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein from women who worked with him, with model turned actress Cara Delevingne the latest star to speak out.
Weinstein told TMZ: “I gotta get help. You know what, we all make mistakes… A second chance, I hope.”
And he added: “I’ve always been loyal to you guys. Not like those f***ing pricks that treat you like shit. I’ve been a good guy.”
The producer, who is thought to be on his way to a rehab facility and whose wife has announced she is leaving him, was then driven away.
The comments came after officers were called after a “family dispute” at the home of Weinstein’s daughter.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed they were called to reports of a “disturbance” at the house but said no crime had been committed.
Weinstein was not there when officers arrived.
An LAPD spokesman said: “At 10.37am Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to the 500 block of North Kilkea Drive at the house of Harvey Weinstein’s daughter and were there for a disturbance call.
“Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. It was revealed that there was no crime and it was a family dispute. Officers then left the scene.”
Meanwhile, Delevigne claimed Weinstein made advances towards her in a hotel room after asking her to kiss another woman.
She said, in a statement posted on Instagram, she was left feeling “very powerless and scared” when he invited her to his hotel room.
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When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call....i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I'd never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood. A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn't and wouldn't be for a bit and I should go to his room. At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn't want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation. When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction. I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing....i thought it would make the situation better....more professional....like an audition....i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room. I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn't deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out....I didn't want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.
“I was so hesitant about speaking out… I didn’t want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong,” she said.
“I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no-one had said anything because of fear.”
Spectre actress Lea Seydoux also joined the ranks of Weinstein’s accusers, saying she had to defend herself after the director allegedly jumped on her and tried to kiss her.
The French actress, who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for Blue Is The Warmest Colour, said the movie mogul stared at her “as if I was a piece of meat”.
Writing in the Guardian, she said: “We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him.
“I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along.”
On Tuesday, Weinstein was accused of rape by three women – claims Weinstein “unequivocally denies” – and his British wife Georgina Chapman announced she was leaving him.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Oscars, described the sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein as “repugnant” and “abhorrent” and said that it would meet on Saturday to discuss any action to be taken.
Bafta also announced it had suspended his membership.
Rose McGowan, one of the first actresses to be named as an alleged victim, called for the board of the Weinstein Company to be dissolved following the allegations against its co-founder.
Prime Minister Theresa May also spoke out about the scandal on Wednesday.
She said the reports were “deeply concerning” as senior politicians called for Weinstein to be stripped of his CBE.