Cameras finally captured Harvey Weinstein on Wednesday as he left his daughter’s Los Angeles house, heading for a residential rehab facility in Arizona.
The articles revealed the stories of many women — some of them A-list celebrities — who claim Weinstein sexually harassed them.
Dressed in a large T-shirt and jeans, Weinstein made his way to a waiting SUV, but not before giving a few comments to a cameraperson. (TMZ secured the rights to the video.)
“I’m not doing OK,” said Weinstein, who implored with the paparazzi not to follow him to California’s Van Nuys airport.
“I’m hanging in. I’m trying my best,” he continued. “I’m not doing OK, but I’m trying. I gotta get help. We all make mistakes. Second chance, I hope.”
As he started to enter the waiting SUV, Weinstein turned around again for some last words to the camera scrum; it’s unclear if he was talking about celebrities’ treatment of paparazzi, or making a not-so-subtle dig against those who’ve been turning their backs on him.
“And you know I’ve always been loyal to you guys, not like those f***ing pricks who treat you like s**t. I’ve been the good guy,” he said. He then got in the SUV and was gone.
His departure to Arizona comes as his wife of 10 years, Georgina Chapman, announced publicly that she plans on leaving him. The couple has two young children together.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” said Chapman. “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.”
Some U.K. sources are reporting that the FBI is considering opening a probe into Weinstein’s behaviour, ordered by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but so far that hasn’t been confirmed by anyone within the organization.
The New York Police Department, however, confirmed Thursday morning that it will be conducting its own criminal investigation. Lt. John Grimpel of the NYPD said they’ll be looking for any “additional complaints.”
“Based on information referenced in published news reports the NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter,” he said. “No filed complaints have been identified as of this time and as always, the NYPD encourages anyone who may have information pertaining to this matter to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.”
Across the pond, the Metropolitan police in London are looking into an allegation of sexual abuse against Weinstein, and are going forward with a “review” to see if there are any further complaints. Global News has contacted Toronto police to find out if any investigation will be conducted in Canada. (Actor Mira Sorvino made an allegation that Weinstein sexually harassed her while attending the Toronto Film Festival in 1995.)
Weinstein has since been fired from his position at TWC, and Disney has removed him from all production duties on their upcoming movie, Artemis Fowl.
On Tuesday, A-list actors Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow joined a chorus of female celebrities accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment over decades.
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The alleged stories told by the women all share alarmingly similar elements: Weinstein, 65, purportedly takes the women to his hotel room, where he guilts and forces them into oral sex, intercourse, massages and showers in exchange for roles. None of these accusations has been proven in court.
Weinstein, through his representative, has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse or is involved in an abusive situation, please visit the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime for help. They are also reachable toll-free at 1-877-232-2610.