We­in­stein en­ter­ing sex ad­dic­tion re­hab

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Seek­ing a sec­ond chance, Hol­ly­wood film mogul Har­vey We­in­stein is re­port­edly seek­ing treat­ment for sex ad­dic­tion at a cen­ter in Ari­zona, ac­cord­ing to a Huff­in­g­ton Post re­port.

But com­pul­sive sex­ual be­hav­ior is dif­fer­ent from vi­o­lat­ing con­sent or as­sault, the re­port said, quot­ing health ex­perts.

“All I’m ask­ing is let me take a leave of ab­sence and get into heavy ther­apy and coun­sel­ing. Whether it be in a fa­cil­ity or some­where else, al­low me to res­ur­rect my­self with a sec­ond chance,” We­in­stein re­port­edly wrote. “A lot of the al­le­ga­tions are false as you know, but given ther­apy and coun­sel­ing as other peo­ple have done, I think I’d be able to get there.”

Over 20 al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct, ha­rass­ment and as­sault have sur­faced against We­in­stein.

Ear­lier this week, emails leaked say­ing that “the film ex­ec­u­tive begged CEOs and other moguls to stand by his side” be­fore he was fired at The We­in­stein Co.

He re­port­edly promised to get men­tal health treat­ment as a form of con­tri­tion.

Whether We­in­stein, 65, has a di­ag­nos­able dis­or­der re­mains to be seen, the Huf­fPost said.

“While risky or dam­ag­ing sex­ual be­hav­iors are cer­tainly treat­able

be­hav­iors are cer­tainly treat­able men­tal health is­sues, sex ad­dic­tion alone isn’t a clas­si­fi­able men­tal health dis­or­der,” said Kathryn Sta­moulis, a li­censed men­tal health coun­selor who spe­cial­izes in women’s is­sues.

Sta­moulis told Huf­fPost that turn­ing to ther­apy as a rem­edy for crim­i­nal be­hav­ior can send the wrong mes­sage about psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port.

“An open­ness to seek­ing ther­apy is vi­tal for peo­ple who have en­gaged in sex­ual ha­rass­ment in or­der to trans­form their con­duct, but it shouldn’t be used as a sole form of ret­ri­bu­tion for a per­son’s ac­tions,” she said.

“Ther­apy is im­por­tant for a sex­ual ha­rasser be­cause it is the best chance for them to stop their de­struc­tive be­hav­ior,” she added.

“Through ther­apy, a ha­rasser is con­fronted, in a way that is non-judg­men­tal, with the truth We­in­stein of the harm of their ac­tions. “How­ever, that does not

WHISTLE­BLOWER: Filipino­Ital­ian model Am­bra Bat­ti­lana Gu­tier­rez ap­pears on the front page of The New York Daily News af­ter ac­cus­ing movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein of sex­ual ha­rass­ment back in 2015. It took another two years be­fore We­in­stein’s sex­ual mis­con­duct blew up into a scan­dal that rocked Hol­ly­wood.

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