Sources say that Harvey Weinstein is behaving terribly in rehab
Harvey Weinstein's name has been – to put it lightly – stomped to the ground and dragged through the dirt after 40 plus women have come forward with individual accounts of sexual abuse from the movie mogul. It's a hurricane of controversy, with grotesque details about Weinstein's hidden history of alleged sex offences coming out, celebrities slandering his behaviour all over the place, and several police investigations underway.
Meanwhile, Weinstein has slunk away and quietly checked himself into rehab. Right after the initial assault and harassment allegations went public, Weinstein announced that he was volunteering himself to attend an inpatient treatment centre. He got himself out of the public eye and gave the impression that he was committing himself to rehab – we're guessing for sex addiction, although everyone knows that it's probably a power trip problem he needs to sort out as well.
And apparently, he's been behaving badly at the clinic. Who would have thought?
While it was first believed he was going to an inpatient center, it's now been revealed that Weinstein is actually being treated at an intensive outpatient facility, which means he's been able to pop in and out of the clinic and stay overnight at a nice and comfy hotel nearby. The facility offers group therapy sessions, one-on-one counselling and a bunch of other treatments.
The news comes from a source who claims to work in the same facility Weinstein's signed up for, and they told the New York Post that he isn't really taking his time in rehab seriously at all. The source said that Weinstein was seen "barking" into his mobile phone, an item prohibited from the clinic. It would also seem that he's still in denial about his alleged sex attacks, insisting that everything he did was consensual.
“In one group therapy session, Harvey arrived 15 minutes late," the source told the New York Post. "Then, when it was his turn to speak, he launched into a speech about how this is all a conspiracy against him.”
In the meantime, the Los Angeles Police Department has started an investigation into the 65-year-old after an anonymous Italian actress-model came forward with details of an account of (nonconsensual) sexual assault. She is the sixth woman to accuse Weinstein of rape or forcible sex acts.
As well as being caught talking on the phone, the ex-producer has been seen falling asleep in group sessions when others were sharing personal stories, tells the source.
“Harvey fell asleep in his chair. He was only woken up by the ringing of his smuggled mobile phone... Harvey jolted awake, jumped up, immediately took the call and then ran out of the room.”
This supposedly all took place on the first day he checked in, before the news was spread as widely as it is now.
Another source, claiming to be close to Weinstein, said he is no longer joining group sessions, “for obvious reasons,” but is accompanied by a therapist at all times and is receiving individual treatment. They added that the characterisation of his behaviour at the clinic from the other source isn’t true.
“He insists he never raped or assaulted anyone, and that all the encounters were consensual," the second source told New York Post.
"He realizes he has acted like an a**hole, but he still insists he’s not a rapist. He does have his phone, but when he is in therapy he has to give it to someone else. The characterisation of what he said and what happened at the group session isn’t true."
It seems that we'll have to wait and see what the police investigations in New York, Los Angeles and London have to say.