A round-robin email sent by Harvey Weinstein to his close acquaintances earlier this week has been leaked.
According to The Telegraph, the email was sent to Weinstein’s closest friends and acquaintances and is being seen a plea for sympathy by his accusers.
Earlier this year, Weinstein was indicted on rape and criminal sex charges. A grand jury in New York confirmed the charges against the Hollywood producer despite him waiving his right to appear before the panel.
Weinstein has been accused of rape by multiple women, allegations he “unequivocally denies”. The film producer was also sacked from the board of The Weinstein Company, the company he co-founded, following a series of sexual harassment accusations, some of which date back decades.
According to The Telegraph, Weinstein began the email: “I’ve had one hell of a year. The worst nightmare of my life.” The email was reportedly send on Monday from the producers personal email account.
The email also reportedly critiqued the police investigation and included links to articles that, according to Weinstein, revealed that “the police have played a very difficult role in my investigation.”
He continued: “The articles are self explanatory, but I’d like to speak to you on the phone if you have some time. There is more to this story…I appreciate your confidentiality.”
Katherine Kendall, one of the first people to speak about allegations against Weinstein compared the email to the Oscar campaigns Weinstein invented, telling The New York Times “It’s all about him…he knows how to run a marketing campaign that’s for sure.
“I know there are people who are afraid that he’s been planning his comeback for a while. I think there are so many people who see him as a master manipulator, that nothing will surprise them. And they’re afraid of him”
Meanwhile, Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, denied this was the case. Also speaking to The New York Times, Brafman said: “The emails from Harvey have to be viewed from the perspective of someone who is very distressed.
“It’s him asking for help. This was not an aggressive move by Harvey Weinstein.”
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that accusations against the shamed former Hollywood executive date back as far as the early 1970s. He has “unequivocally denied” all of the claims.