Harvey Weinstein says he's in counseling: 'I understand' my wife's decision to leave

Friday, 13 October 2017, 08:20:00 PM. The producer says, '“There has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for.'

Less than a week after the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal came to light, the embattled movie producer says he's in counseling after his wife left him.

“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. In the end, she made the decision to separate," Weinstein said Wednesday in a statement sent to USA TODAY by his spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister.

"I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again. I support her decision."

He continued: "I am in counseling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild."


The statement comes a day after reports surfaced that Marchesa designer Chapman, Weinstein's wife of 10 years, left him. She told People 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."

Fallout over the Weinstein news continues, six days after The New York Times chronicled nearly three decades of sexual-harassment allegations against The Weinstein Company co-founder.

Hillary Clinton is giving away her Weinstein donations: In a CNN interview Wednesday, Clinton, who is promoting her campaign memoir What Happened, said she was "sick" and "shocked and appalled" when she heard about the allegations against Weinstein, someone she had considered an important donor and friend. 

"What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying, is they're going to donate it to charity, and of course I will do that," she told Fareed Zakaria. "I give 10% of my income to charity every year, this will be part of that. There's no doubt about it."

The Academy weighs in: On Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement condemning the Weinstein allegations as “repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents.”

The board of governors will meet Saturday “to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy," according to the statement.

Ben Affleck apologizes: In the wake of Weinstein's scandal, Ben Affleck is under fire after being accused of groping by former MTV host Hilarie Burton during a 2003 appearance on Total Request Live. Affleck, who earlier shared a statement saying the Weinstein allegations "made me sick," apologized for his own actions, tweeting, "I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize." 

Affleck has also been called out by Rose McGowan, one of the actresses mentioned in the Times report, who says Affleck lied about his knowledge of Weinstein's abuse.

Cara Delevingne says Weinstein harassed her, too: Days after the report from the Times and the investigative piece in The New Yorker were published, women continue to come forward with their stories of mistreatment. On Wednesday, Cara Delevingne wrote on Instagram that Weinstein tried to kiss her in a hotel room.

"As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature," she wrote. "This must stop. The more we talk about it, the less power we give them."

Contributing: Bryan Alexander

harvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 1 Harvey Weinstein was hit with allegations of almost three decades of sexual harassment Thursday in the 'New York Times.' The mega-producer has long been part of the Hollywood elite. Here, he poses with Sienna Miller at a dinner in 2009.  Donald Bowers, Getty Images for The Weinstein Charvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 2 From left to right, David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Gwyneth Paltrow, Edward Zwick and Marc Norman all celebrate after receiving the Oscar for best picture for "Shakespeare In Love" during the 71st Annual Academy Awards Sunday, March 21, 1999 in Los Angeles. Paltrow won the Oscar for best actress in the movie.   Dave Caulkin, APharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 3 Tom Cruise, who executive produced 'The Others' with Weinstein in 2001, playfully engaged him at the premiere.  Kevin Winter, Getty Imagesharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 4 In 2010, Weinstein and Marion Cotillard spoke together during amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS benefit gala at that year's Cannes Film Festival.  Francois Durand, Getty Imagesharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 5 Kerry Washington and Harvey Weinstein posed for a photo at the 2010 premiere of 'The Tillman Story.'  Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images for the Weinstein Charvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 6 In 2013, Weinstein and his then-pregnant wife Georgina Chapman attended the Oscars, where his movie 'Silver Linings Playbook' was up for eight Academy Awards.  Dan MacMedan, USA TODAYharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 7 'Silver Linings Playbook,' earned Jennifer Lawrence her first Oscar for best actress.  Charley Gallay, Getty Images for VFharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 8 George Clooney and Weinstein sat near each other at the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards.  Michael Kovac, WireImageharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 9 Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, laughed with Weinstein at the 2012 TIME 100 Gala celebrating the magazine's list of the most influential people in the world.  Larry Busacca, Getty Images for TIMEharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 10 Duchess Kate met Weinstein at the 2013 London premiere of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.'  Chris Jackson, Getty Imagesharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 11 Director Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, and Harvey Weinstein posed at the after-party for 'The Butler' in 2013.  Charley Gallay, Getty Images for TWCharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 12 Weinstein was presented with the W.E.B. Du Bois medal by Glenn Hutchins in 2014 at Harvard. The Du†Bois Medal is Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African-American Studies.  Steven Senne, APharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 13 Auctioneer Sharon Stone gets an assist from Jeremy Renner, Nicole Kidman and Harvey Weinstein at the Cinema Against AIDS dinner in 2013.  Kevin Tachman, NONEharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 14 Weinstein poses with Zendaya at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in 2015.  Nicholas Hunt, Getty Imagesharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 15 Weinstein and his fashion-designer wife, Georgina Chapman, hit the 2017 Weinstein Company-Netflix Golden Globes After-Party.  NINA PROMMER, EPAharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 16 Weinstein was in the first row for the February 2017 Marchesa show at New York Fashion Week to see the latest designs from his wife's label. He was flanked by 'This Is Us' star Mandy Moore and 'Vogue' editor Anna Wintour.  Theo Wargo, (Credit too long, see caption)harvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 17 Weinstein sat with former NBC anchor and current Investigation Discovery host Tamron Hall at Marchesa's most recent New York Fashion Week show in September.  Nicholas Hunt, Getty Images For NYFWharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 18 In March, Weinstein, and JAY=Z spoke onstage during a town hall in NYC.  Dave Kotinsky, Getty Images for Spikeharvey-weinstein-says-hes-in-counseling-i-understand-my-wifes-decision-to-leave photo 19

In this Dec. 3, 2012 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman attend the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit Tribute to Quentin Tarantino in New York. (Photo: Andy Kropa, Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)


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