Daughter calls police for ‘suicidal’ Weinstein
LOS ANGELES: Officers have been called to a “family dispute” at the home of Harvey Weinstein’s daughter amid reports the Hollywood mogul was suicidal.
Remy Weinstein called the emergency number 911, saying her dad was “suicidal and depressed”, the TMZ website said last night. Video showed Weinstein leaving the property with an associate.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed yesterday it had been called to reports of a “disturbance”. Weinstein was not at the home when officers arrived.
Ms Weinstein, 22, is one of three daughters from the producer’s first marriage to Eve Chilton. The drama follows a string of sexual harassment allegations being levelled against Weinstein from women who worked with him.
Weinstein said he was saddened Hollywood was shunning him and “devastated” by his wife Georgina Chapman leaving him.
“I am profoundly devastated,” he told Page Six TV. “I have lost my wife and kids, whom I love more than anything else.”
He said he supported Chapman’s decision to leave him and hoped they could reconcile.
British actress and supermodel Cara Delevingne has been the latest star to speak out. She said Weinstein made advances towards her in a hotel room after asking her to kiss another woman.
Actress Lea Seydoux, of the Bond movie Spectre, also joined Weinstein’s accusers, saying she had 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 mogul stared “as if I was a piece of meat”. “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,” she wrote in The Guardian.
Weinstein was accused of rape by three women — claims he “unequivocally denies”.
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 it would meet this weekend to discuss action.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced it had suspended his membership.
As the grim scope of the allega- tions expanded, actor Ben Affleck was forced to defend his own actions, and scrutiny fell on who knew what about the Weinstein’s behaviour over the decades it allegedly took place.
Further scrutiny has followed the contention that Weinstein’s conduct was “an open secret” in Hollywood. Focus has turned, in part, not just to Weinstein’s workplace environment but to the stars who may have known of Weinstein’s alleged behaviour but failed to raise any alarms.
Affleck was called out by actress Rose McGowan. In a tweet, she accused Affleck of lying after issuing a statement that he was “saddened and angry” about the Weinstein revelations. McGowan, whom The New York Times reported reached a $US100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997, suggested Affleck knew decades ago about Weinstein’s behaviour.
Actress Hilarie Burton also renewed an earlier allegation that Affleck groped her during a visit to MTV’s TRL, which she was hosting in 2003. Affleck tweeted an apology yesterday: “I acted inappropriately toward Ms Burton and I sincerely apologise.”
The fallout poses potentially severe legal issues for the companies involved. The Weinstein Co., which fired its co-chairman early this week, has moved to change its name.
Legal experts are sceptical The Weinstein Company could have been unaware of allegations given the number of allegations.
“Given all the information that’s coming out now, I would find it highly implausible that the board was not aware,” said Angela Reddock-Wright, a lawyer who specialises in employment and labour law. “There are just too many allegations here. Unless there were settlements paid out by Weinstein from his own personal money, settlements over a certain dollar value would have presumably been approved by the board of directors.”
Veteran employment lawyer Ann Fromholz said that given Weinstein’s position, The Weinstein Company would be liable over sexual harassment claims even if it was not aware of alleged incidents at the time.
Between potential lawsuits and the likely loss of business, Ms Fromholz said it was unlikely The Weinstein Company would survive under any name.
Harvey Weinstein leaves a Los Angeles law office yesterday