Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Seeks Treatment For Sex Addiction

By Kelly Burch 10/12/17

The powerful film producer is reportedly seeking treatment for behavioral issues as his epic downfall continues.

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Following initial reports that disgraced Hollywood exec Harvey Weinstein had flown to Switzerland to seek treatment for sex addiction, TMZ is now reporting that Weinstein was spotted in Arizona near The Meadows rehab.

The influential film producer has been accused by multiple women including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie, of sexual harassment and misconduct after a New York Times report published on October 5. 

"He wants to come back with fresh, new ideas,” according to a TMZ source. 

But according to another source, Weinstein is not going to rehab, but seeking counseling. "He needs his peace. He’s been hounded all week. He lost his company and his wife. What more can you lose?" they said to The New York Daily News. "He’s got to go find peace.”

Weinstein has been a powerhouse in the film industry since the '90s. He co-founded Miramax and later The Weinstein Company, a film studio from which he was fired this week after allegations of harassment came to the forefront. 

Weinstein told The New York Times that his behavior has caused discomfort for some employees and colleagues, although he did not fully take responsibility for any improper or illegal behaviors. 

“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go,” he said. He added that he will be seeing a therapist to “deal with this issue head on.”

Things continue to get worse for Weinstein, after actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rosanna Arquette, and more have also come forward to say they were sexually harassed by Weinstein. 

“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie told The Times in an email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

As part of the fall-out, Weinstein’s wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, announced this week that she is leaving him. 

“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,” Chapman told People.

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.