Harvey Weinstein's last-ditch email to Hollywood colleagues mere hours before his dismissal from the company he built has exploded on the internet. And it makes the situation worse.
Last week in a visceral, scathing exposé, it was reported by the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein-- a recipient of so many film awards it would take days to name-- is one of Hollywood's most guilty and well hidden sexual predators.
The fallout has been rapid and vast. In the past several days 'The Weinstein Company' severed ties with the man whose name, blood, sweat and creepy hands built it.
But Harvey tried to the last possible second to save his career, though he is fully aware of his guilt. The fallen producer sent a letter to all of the Hollywood 'elite' he hoped might rally to send him an 11th hour Hail Mary.
In this day and age of hacks and loose lips, Weinstein probably should have known that nothing stays private, and indeed the email was leaked on Twitter. Then from social media the plea took on a life of its own.
The release of his letter was the trigger to even bigger embarrassment.
Many are left fuming and feel that up to this point he hasn't given a sincere apology and has only insincerely taken responsibility.
In the end, of course, Weinstein's plea was for naught as the board of the film studio he founded and built released the following statement:
"Harvey Weinstein is taking an "indefinite leave" from the company in light of new information about misconduct ... that has emerged in the past few days."
That's that. Fade to black.
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