Harvey Weinstein: 'Guys, I'm not doing okay'

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Friday, 13 October 2017, 7:42AM

Harvey Weinstein insists he's "trying his best" to get "help" after being accused of sexually harassing a number of women over a 30-year period.

The 65-year-old disgraced producer was outed in a New York Times expose, which also alleged he paid off at least eight of them to keep their allegations quiet, but while he has denied many of the allegations made against him over the last week, he is adamant he's willing to do all he can to change his ways and is hoping he will get a "second chance".

Speaking to TMZ, the Pulp Fiction creator said: "Guys I'm not doing okay but I'm trying I've got to get help. I'm hanging in - I'm trying my best."

Since the sexual assault claims were first reported, Weinstein has been fired by The Weinstein Company and his wife of 10 years, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, has announced she will be leaving him.

He is being investigated by police in the UK, and his own brother called him "sick".

But Harvey hopes he will be able to "rebuild" his relationship with the Marchesa co-founder in the future.

Harvey - who has children India, seven, and Dashiell, four, with Georgina, as well as Ruth, 14, Emma, 19, and Lily, 22, with his ex-wife Eve Chilton - said of his wife's decision: "I support her decision, I am in counselling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild.

"Over the last week, there has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for. I sat down with my wife Georgina, who I love more than anything, and we discussed what was best for our family.

"We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart. I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again."

Georgina previously condemned her husband's alleged sexual misconduct as "unforgivable" when she revealed she was leaving him.

She said in a statement: "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."

In the wake of the scandal, Weinstein is believed to have checked into rehab in Arizona, while he has also been slammed by big names in Hollywood, including Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, and Dame Judi Dench.

And actresses Cara Delevingne and Kate Beckinsale are among the many women to come forward with her own experience of sexual harassment with Harvey.

I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common.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.A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting .I realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not .I had what I thought were boundaries - I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh "Kate lives to say no to me ." It speaks to the status quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things,while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself,undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family.I would like to applaud the women who have come forward , and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers,managers,executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said " well, that's just Harvey /Mr X/insert name here " will realize that we in numbers can affect real change.For every moment like this there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in .I had a male friend who, based on my experience,warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in another Miramax film ;the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off.Let's stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder,and let's remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick,and that we have work to do.

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