Daugh­ter calls po­lice for ‘sui­ci­dal’ We­in­stein

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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

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