Harvey Weinstein has said “we all make mistakes – second chance I hope”, as more women have come forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct.
He told TMZ: “Guys I’m not doing ok but I’m trying; I’ve got to get help. I’m hanging in – I’m trying my best.”
Weinstein’s spokeswoman has said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied”.
Police in New York told the BBC they were “investigating an allegation of sex assault from 2004”.
A spokesperson said: “NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter. No filed complaints have been identified as of this time.”
The statement ended by urging anyone with “information pertaining to this matter to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS”.
TMZ have reported he was heading to Arizona to a treatment facility. As he departed in a car, he made a plea for fair treatment from reporters, saying: “I’ve always been loyal to you guys… I’ve been a good guy.”
British actress and model Cara Delevingne is one of the latest to accuse him of inappropriate behaviour. In a statement, she said he tried to kiss her as she tried to leave a hotel room.
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In other developments the hosts of the Oscars are to hold emergency talks this weekend to consider Weinstein’s future role.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein were “repugnant”.
The US academy, which has handed out 81 Oscars to films produced by Weinstein’s Miramax studio and the Weinstein Company, said it would meet on Saturday to “discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the academy”.
Bafta, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has already suspended his membership.
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A statement has also been issued by Cannes Film Festival, which Weinstein has attended many times.
President Pierre Lescure said they have been “dismayed to learn of the accusations”.
“These actions point to a pattern of behaviour that merits only the clearest and most unequivocal condemnation,” he said.
“Our thoughts go out to the victims, to those who have had the courage to testify and to all the others. May this case help us once again to denounce all such serious and unacceptable practices.”
These statements follow on from the news that his wife, Georgina Chapman, 41 announced she was leaving him following the allegations.
Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister has also said he “obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.
“Mr Weinstein has begun counselling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path.”