Weinstein in LA with his middle fingers out at law officesby Richard Bailey 11/10/2017 20:12:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Harvey Weinstein looked bedraggled Wednesday in Los Angeles, a day after he said he would be flying to Europe to attend sex rehab
- Weinstein gave people the middle finger while with an entourage of others on his visit to his lawyer's office around noon
- Hours before he tried to flag down a passing motorist and flee his daughter Lily's home after the two argued
- Once he returned to the house, Lily reportedly called authorities to say her father was 'suicidal and depressed'
- Weinstein, 65, fled again before LAPD arrived on the scene, and soon after Lily had a change of opinion, saying her father was not at risk of self-harm
- He said on Tuesday that he was boarding a plane to fly to rehab in Europe so that he could treat his sex addiction
- That was not the case however, despite Weinstein's statements about hoping to have a career combeack and reconcile with his wife Georgina Chapman
- 'My heart breaks for the women who have suffered because of the unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband,' said Chapman on Tuesday
By Jessica Finn and Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
Published: 20:00 EDT, 11 October 2017 | Updated: 20:12 EDT, 11 October 2017
Harvey Weinstein gave a f*** you to the world as he was photographed giving the middle finger walking into a law office in Los Angeles around noon on Wednesday.
The disgraced producer, who was seen walking into his lawyer Patty Glaser's offices, should have already been out of the country as he originally stated he was going to a sex rehab in Europe on Tuesday.
However the 65-year-old embattled movie mogul became irate when he learned he was not allowed to have his cellphone in treatment.
Weinstein looked agitated and bedraggled as he walked into Glaser's offices while flipping the bird and flanked by a full entourage.
The rehab trip had already been booked as he is supposed to currently be undergoing treatment for issues related to the ever growing sexual harassment allegations.
Harvey Weinstein gave a resounding f*** you to the world as he was seen out in LA at his lawyer's offices. The disgraced mogul should have been in sex rehab in Europe as of Tuesday
Weinstein was flanked by a full entourage on his trip to his lawyer Patty Glaser's offices. The disgraced producer skipped out on his sex rehab trip Tuesday over frustrations he would not be allowed to have his cellphone in treatment
Weinstein became angry over not being allowed his mobile device as he is concerned he will not be able to keep in contact with business associates and his wife, who announced she is leaving him on Wednesday
A private jet was scheduled to take him to rehab on Tuesday, but as of Wednesday afternoon Weinstein was still in LA
Weinstein was adamant that he needed his phone to stay in touch with his wife and his business associates at The Weinstein Company.
He was fired from his company on Sunday and on Tuesday his wife announced she is leaving him.
Considering the growing scandal involves at least 30 women who have alleged varying degrees of sexual misconduct at the hands of Weinstein, his cellphone request may not be entirely off the mark.
Experts say he very well may have to take on a slew of lawsuits in the wake of the mounting accusations.
It was crystal clear from the start of Wednesday that Weinstein had not left Los Angeles as police were called in the morning over fears he was 'suicidal,' at his daughter's home.
Walking off: Harvey Weinstein tried to flag down a passing motorist and flee his daughter Lily's home after the two argued on Wednesday (Weinstein above in streets outside the home on Wednesday)
Self-harm: Once he returned to the house, Lily reportedly called authorities to say her father was 'suicidal and depressed'
Weinstein in the street outside Lily's Los Angeles home, hours after claiming he was on his way to Europe for treatment and rehabilitation
He was seen chasing down a random driver to see if he could get a ride in their car after arguing with his daughter.
TMZ reports that the disgraced movie mogul was heard screaming out just before he tried to flag down the vehicle: 'You're making it worse.'
Weinstein was at the Los Angeles home of his daughter, who was eventually able to persuade her father back inside the house.
Members of the Los Angeles Police Department arrived a short while after that, and said they were responding to a report from Lily that her father was 'suicidal and depressed.'
Weinstein then fled the house just before LAPD responded to Lilly's call on Wednesday, at around 10:30am.
Lily subsequently told the officers her father was not a risk and would not harm himself, despite the statements she made earlier when she alerted authorities.
Weinstein emerges from Lily's Los Angeles house on Wednesday
Weinstein may now fly for Europe tonight to start treatment for his sex addiction, though that claim can not be trusted in light of the statement he made on Tuesday which proved to be false.
He could also be planning to camp out in California for a few more days as well, as there will be a hearing over the weekend to decide whether or not he should be removed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Meanwhile the FBI has opened an investigation into Weinstein, DailyMail.com has exclusively learned.
DailyMail.com understands the move came at the behest of the Department of Justice, run by Donald Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which instructed the bureau to investigate the mounting allegations leveled at the movie mogul.
The move by the DOJ came amid the rumors that Weinstein plans to head to Europe for sex rehab – leading to fears of a Roman Polanski-style situation where he dodges prosecution in the U.S.
The FBI can both look at whether he has committed any federal crimes in the U.S. and prepare extradition proceedings if he remains in Europe.
However Weinstein has thus far not budged from Los Angeles.
He has even said that he hoped to reclaim his position at the company he founded and reconcile with his wife Georgina Chapman after receiving treatment, but then did not leave the country as planned.
Chapman announced her decision to end the pair's marriage in a statement to People, saying: '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.'
That prompted Weinstein to give his own thoughts on the matter to Page Six.
'I know she has to do what is best for the children, for herself and her business, she employs 130 people,' said Weinstein.
'I don’t want her or my children to be hurt any more than they already have. I truly love Georgina, and I hope one day we can reconcile, although right now I don’t know if that could possibly happen.'
Chapman is keeping a low profile still, and cancelled a fashion preview for her brand Marchesa that had been planned for Thursday just 24 hours before the event.
After leaving the property, Weinstein was persuaded back in but then left before LAPD arrived
Weinstein has his own work problems, which he seemed to be aware were coming based on an email he fired off just before he was fired on Sunday.
'My board is thinking of firing me. All I'm asking is, let me take a leave of absence and get into heavy therapy and counseling,' wrote Weinstein in the email.
'Whether it be in a facility or somewhere else, allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance.'
He went on to state that 'a lot of the allegations are false' before asking that the men and women he contacted send an email to his personal account backing him, which he could in turn present to the Weinstein Company board.
'I need you to send a letter to my private gmail address,' wrote Weinstein.
'The letter would only go to the board and no one else.'
He continued: 'We believe that what the board is trying to do is not only wrong but might be illegal and would destroy the company.
'If you could write this letter backing me, getting me the help and time away I need, and also stating your opposition to the board firing me, it would help me a lot.'
The letters, if any were sent, did little good in the end, with the board of directors at Weinstein Company announcing on Sunday that they were terminating their founder in the wake of what they claimed were newly discovered allegations.
'In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged int the past few days, the directors of the Weinstein Company - Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar - have determined an have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,' the board wrote in a statement.
It was a sudden move for the board, who on Friday said that Weinstein had taken an indefinite leave of absence.
Questions remain however about how the board was so in the dark given the number of settlements that have been paid out, with the first going back to an incident that happened in 1991 according to the Times.
Weinstein responded in a statement by saying that he was getting help, but then shortly after threatened to sue the paper for $50 million.
Board member Lance Maerov spoke to the The New York Times after the decision to terminate Weinstein on Sunday and that said that the executive had also violated the company's code of conduct in the past week.
He did not offer any additional details.
Maerov also revealed that there was much concern after Weinstein and his attorney Lisa Bloom met with the board on Thursday night, during which time the lawyer told the group that they could expect 'more and different reporting' that included 'photos of several of the accusers in very friendly poses with Harvey after his alleged misconduct.'
That same night a handout photo of Weinstein and a smiling Judd appeared in the New York Post alongside a statement from the Oscar-winning producer.
'This is not the time for Harvey or TWC to appear defiant or indignant,' wrote Maerov in an email to Bloom.
'It is time to repair, heal, accept responsibility and recover.'
'I don’t want her or my children to be hurt any more than they already have. I truly love Georgina', said Weinstein on Tuesday, before saying he was on his way to Europe for treatment. Wednesday's dramatic events proved otherwise
Off again: Weinstein, 65, fled again before LAPD arrived on the scene, and soon after Lily had a change of opinion, saying her father was not at risk of self-harm (They are pictured together in 2014)
No fly list: He said on Tuesday that he was boarding a plane to fly to rehab in Europe so that he could treat his sex addiction
When LAPD officers turned up, Lily reassured them that her father had, in fact, no intention of self-harming
He also wrote that Bloom had a potential conflict of interest given that Weinstein had agreed to develop a book she wrote into a series.
In another email to Bloom, Harvey's brother and partner Bob wrote: 'Perhaps, Harvey as he stated in the NY Times, to the world, should get professional help for a problem that really exists.'
On Friday, one-third of the nine-man board resigned in protest, 24-hours after the sexual harassment report threw the firm into chaos.
The company also stated that they were launching an internal probe into the claims against their disgraced co-founder.
Over 30 women have come forward at this time claiming they were victims of Weinstein's harassment and assault, with the alleged offenses he is accused of committing ranging from aggressive demands for massages to rape.