Tuesday 23 April 2019

'I've got to get help' - Weinstein heads to rehab seeking 'second chance'

Harvey Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images
Harvey Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Harriet Alexander

Harvey Weinstein has taken a private jet to Arizona to seek therapy amid an escalating sex scandal, telling paparazzi as he left: "I've got to get help."

The 65-year-old flew out of Los Angeles on Wednesday evening.

Actress Lea Seydoux Photo: Getty Images
Actress Lea Seydoux Photo: Getty Images

Earlier that day his 22-year-old daughter, Remy, called 911 and told police that her father was emotionally vulnerable, sources told gossip website TMZ.

When the police arrived, at around 10.30am, Ms Weinstein told the police it was a family dispute.

As he left for the airport, Mr Weinstein was asked by paparazzi how he was.

"I'm hanging on in there," he replied.

"I'm not doing OK, but I'm trying. I've got to get help. You know what - we all make mistakes. Second chance, OK?"

He then turned to the photographers, and asked them not to follow his car.

"I've always been loyal to you guys. Not like those f***ing p****s. I'm the good guy."

It was unclear where he was to receive treatment, but some reports suggested he could be at The Meadows, a rehab facility that has treated Kate Moss and Tiger Woods.

Earlier Mr Weinstein issued another statement professing his remorse.

The producer, who has now been accused of sexual harassment by around 30 women, and rape by three, could face criminal proceedings in New York, where there is no statute of limitations.

Asked whether the New York Police Department was looking into his behaviour, the bureau would only say: "The NYPD is investigating an allegation of sex assault from 2004."

The case is believed to be that of Lucia Evans, who accused Mr Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in the Miramax offices in TriBeCa in 2004.

His wife of 10 years, British fashion designer Georgina Chapman, announced that she was leaving him.

He was fired by the board of the company he founded, Weinstein Co, on Sunday, and has had his Bafta membership suspended.

"I am profoundly devastated. I have lost my wife and kids, whom I love more than anything else," he said.

"I fully support her decision. I didn't stand in Georgina's way when we discussed a separation, I encouraged her to do what was in her heart.

"I know she has to do what is best for the children, for herself and her business, she employs 130 people. 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."

British actress and supermodel Cara Delevingne was the latest star to speak out on Wednesday.

She claimed Mr Weinstein made advances towards her in a hotel room after asking her to kiss another woman. In a statement posted on Instagram, she said she was left feeling "very powerless and scared" when he invited her to his hotel room.

"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."

Furthermore, Laura Madden, a former employee of Weinstein's, told 'The New York Times' that he pestered her for massages at hotels in Dublin and London in 1991.

Also yesterday, British actress claimed Weinstein tried to ply her with drink when she was just 17. In a damning account of Weinstein's behaviour, Beckinsale, who starred in The Aviator, said that he had opened his door to her at the Savoy Hotel in London dressed only in a bathrobe. She said that turning down his requests over the years had "undoubtedly harmed my career".

The actress wrote on Instagram: "When I arrived, reception told me to go to his room. He opened the door in his bathrobe.

"I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him. After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed." She added: "I said no to him professionally many times over the years - some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a c--- and making threats."

'Spectre' actress Lea Seydoux also joined the ranks of Mr 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, Mr Weinstein was accused of rape by three women - claims he "unequivocally denies" - and Ms Chapman announced she was leaving him.

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