Harvey Weinstein to take leave of absence

Decision follows allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

by Jennie Kermode

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein Photo: Georges Biard

Studio executive Harvey Weinstein announced last night that he would be stepping back from this work to undergo therapy, after it was alleged that, over the past three decades, he has settled several lawsuits with women who made allegations about his inappropriate sexual behaviour.

In a statement delivered to the New York Times, Weinstein said that he "came of age when all the rules about behaviour and workplaces were different... it's not an excuse." He said that he wanted to be a better person and that he had brought in therapists to help him change.

Legal advisor Lisa Bloom said that Weinsten denied many of the accusations made against him. He, in turn, said that when it came to disgruntled employees his focus was on keeping the peace. He implied that he believed he could have upset some women without intending to, and said: "I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them."

Prior to stepping back, Weinstein had been working on Kill Bill: Volume 3, a bit screen adaptation of Knight Rider, and a sequel to Shakespeare In Love.

The actresses known to have made complaints about Weinstein include Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd.

Commenting on the allegations on Twitter, Ellen Barkin praised Judd for her bravery in speaking up publicly, but said "I'm sick to death of apologies, all these meaningless apologies."

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