Harvey Weinstein, recently fired movie mogul and terrible human being, continues to be fucking terrible even when he’s not jacking off into potted plants in front of horrified women. He’s also terrible when he’s asking for help! Probably because … well, he doesn’t ever really ask.
Take a look at this email he apparently sent around the top movers and shakers in Hollywood, in advance of his ousting over the weekend.
My board is thinking of firing me. All I’m asking, is let me take a leave of absence and get into heavy therapy and counseling. Whether it be in a facility or somewhere else, allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance. A lot of the allegations are false as you know but given therapy and counseling as other people have done, I think I’d be able to get there.
I could really use your support or just your honesty if you can’t support me.
But if you can, I need you to send a letter to my private gmail address. The letter would only go to the board and no one else. We believe what the board is trying to do is not only wrong but might be illegal and would destroy the company. If you could write this letter backing me, getting me the help and time away I need, and also stating your opposition to the board firing me, it would help me a lot. I am desperate for your help. Just give me the time to have therapy. Do not let me be fired. If the industry supports me, that is all I need.
With all due respect, I need the letter today.
On the surface, he’s begging for help. Except he doesn’t ask. He commands. Though this email reeks of desperation, there is nothing repentant in these words. In fact, he claims a lot (though not all!) of the allegations against him are false in the same breath that he talks about seeking therapy “as other people have done.” Even using the word “resurrect” in regards to his future opportunities sounds like he’s playing the martyr.
If the words from his original statement, where he blamed his behavior on “the 60’s and 70’s” before claiming he realized he “needed to be a better person,” didn’t ring hollow to you, this new peek behind the curtain may change your mind. For a guy who claims he’s trying to change, it sure does sound like he’s still trying to leverage clout that he no longer has to get what he wants.
On the plus side, this last ditch plea didn’t help his cause. The board of the company that bears his name still fired his ass. And yet… don’t you just REALLY want to know whether anyone sent him a letter of support?!
But onto some good news! If you are one of the many people who was operating under the assumption that Dame Judi Dench had Weinstein’s name tattooed on her bum, fear not! She won’t need to undergo any embarrassing laser removal after all. We checked Snopes for the complete explanation, but long story short: it turns out it was a fake tattoo that she had her makeup artist draw on her ass — though she really did moon Harvey in a fancy restaurant to show him, and even he seemed to think it was real:
Regardless of their history, Dench did speak out about the recent revelations about Weinstein. In a statement released today, she said:
Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out.
I bet she’s glad she opted to keep that tattoo temporary…