Oct 12, 2017, 7:44 AM ET

Harvey Weinstein speaks out after sex allegations: 'We all make mistakes'


Harvey Weinstein spoke publicly for the first time since numerous women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and, in some cases, assault.

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"Guys, I'm not doing OK but I'm trying. I got to get help. You know what, we all make mistakes. ... A second chance, I hope," Weinstein said in a video shot Wednesday outside daughter Lily Weinstein’s Los Angeles home obtained by ABC News.

Weinstein, 65, has reportedly left Los Angeles headed to a rehabilitation clinic for behavioral issues including sex addiction.

"Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances,” according to a statement from Weinstein's representative. “Mr. Weinstein 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 counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”

The New York Police Department said this morning it will review Weinstein's background "to identify and locate and interview any potential victims" of the famed movie producer.

Police officials reiterated they will not reopen a 2015 assault allegation that resulted in no prosecution by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office told ABC News in statement Tuesday, "If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the conduct that occurred in 2015, we would have. Mr. Weinstein’s pattern of mistreating women, as recounted in recent reports, is disgraceful and shocks the conscience."

It continued, "While the recording is horrifying to listen to, what emerged from the audio was insufficient to prove a crime under New York law, which requires prosecutors to establish criminal intent. Subsequent investigative steps undertaken in order to establish intent were not successful. This, coupled with other proof issues, meant that there was no choice but to conclude the investigation without criminal charges."

Weinstein was terminated Sunday by the board of The Weinstein Co. in light of the allegations. His attorney Charles Harder said last week that the initial New York Times story, which also included allegations that Weinstein had reached confidential settlements with his accusers, was "saturated with false and defamatory statements" and said that he was preparing a lawsuit.

Representatives for Weinstein and the company bearing his name did not immediately respond to ABC News requests for comment.

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  • deb

    He wants a second chance all right: to attack the ones that got away.

  • ProfPalefuddy

    Mistakes???????? Gads Mistakes are not INTENTIONAL ACTS... which are repeated over and over and over... He should go golfing in a nut house and take Trump with him for a long long long long time.

  • Red Hawk

    Harvey, most men never raped anybody.

  • Ursus Sapiens II

    He can speak? I thought he'd be choking on his own d!q by now.

  • hkzombie1

    "We all mistakes "! But yours weren't mistakes... your actions were purposeful/intentional and predatory

  • Joel Croft

    If he were the only on guilty of what he's accused of, THAT would be good, but Hollywood and the music world is full of those who prostitute themselves for fame, and there's always someone waiting to take advantage.

  • TruthHasNoHomeHere

    He was given atleast 4 chances that we know of already. Bye bye. I hope they jail you.

  • Suspect Everything

    Apparently this seem to be playing out way too often.Did something wrong, so must have rehab. I thnk I cn imagine what most of these celebrity rehab places look like? 5 stat hotels come to mind for some reason?

  • Emu Cat

    This is Hollywood, and these are the people of Hollywood.This is their
    culture. They are all Democrats and close friends with people like the
    Obamas and Clintons. If you like their lifestyle and low class behavior,
    with no morals, vote Democrat. This is so common among these people.

  • ProfPalefuddy

    Why isn't this White Male arrested for indecent exposure? Make at least the arrest, and if the "Investigation" doesn't result in charges at minimum the arrest would be on the records. He is a shame to his mother, and the rest of his family. Gad's where on earth is your behavior OK? Did your father or mother or Rabbi teach you this conduct is OK?

  • Holmes

    Funny how most people go to rehab only after they are facing legal problems.

  • Kamau Thabiti

    just another distraction to kick the concerns of the Black community under the rug and, where we will remain unimportant and invisible.

  • Wyogirl

    These weren't mistakes, these were intentional patterns of behavior.

    I find it interesting reading these discussions so soon after the discussion on Trump allowing employers to deny women birth control coverage. I read post after post of "women should pay for it themselves!" This newest revelation proves once again why women need, and deserve to have, at least some control over their reproductive health.

  • olorin

    if he were republican they would make him president. wait, they did that already

  • Tinwhiskers

    He's right, just yesterday I forgot to put ketchup on my brat.

  • pattreid

    Mistakes? I do think sexual abuse is deliberate. Thus, not a "mistake". It's.a.cime.

  • Dicazi

    No different than Roger Ailes.
    Both creepazoids.

  • Dicazi

    "Mistakes" ??
    Once is a mistake. Even a couple times.
    This is a pattern of criminal behavior.
    And since he paid women to keep quiet, he knew he was doing wrong.

  • Jinpa44

    The things that Weinstein did were crimes, not "mistakes." He needs to get real.

  • areyouserious

    There's no such thing as sex addiction. Look it up. What bs people create in this country. He belongs in jail. Jeezus

  • Ron Kelley

    Yeah Dude your right - we all do make mistakes - but yours is a whopper. Rhab = great move - Weak minded Hollywood and the liberal media buy that super weak meaningless rehab crap all the time.

  • SGNH

    " You know what, we all make mistakes. .." Never should have occurred but learning from your mistake means at the very minimum, correcting it after the first settlement.

  • Woody Kennedy

    We all make mistakes...???!!! No, Harvey; not like that. You're disgusting.

  • Ross Doob

    If you think this only happens in Hollywood, you have never worked for a large corporation before. It happens everywhere, although maybe not to this extent. It is truly disgusting, but when you elect a man as president who is one of the biggest offenders, when you have a Secretary of Education roll back sexual assault guidelines to protect men, it just becomes more difficult for women to come forward. Don't expect this to change anything.

  • spousesunite

    3 comments 1) Harvey W. is still focusing on himself because in every thing he says, he eventually bring the conversation back to talking about himself and getting a second chance. He can't help but think of himself as a victim and not a predator which is obvious in everything he says. 2) until he learns a mistake is dropping a spoon on the floor and making women an object of his aggressive sexual behavior where there is a mental aggression or physical aggression is not a mistake but a conscience selective choice, no one should be able to even consider him being anything other than a sexual predator. 3) he keeps using the word consensual as if it's a safe word for him. He absolutly understands that by wielding his power over these women and making them feel like they had no choice does not mean consensual nor does it mean consensual when he physically or mentally forces them into a sexual act and they comply in order to protect themselves emotionally, physically, financially, for work, safetu and/or personal reasons. If he didn't understand that fact there wouldn't be such an obvious pattern to his control technique on how he spoke to and treated women over the years (repeated repetitive accounts of conversations like the ones the Manhatten police captured on tape.) From the get-go all he has done is talk about getting a second chance and wanting to be forgiven while continuing to defend himself saying he never did anything that wasn't consensual. This shows a lack of mental understanding, emotional connection to his wrongdoing and personally in my opinion or lack of soul.

  • j penske

    Yep, we all make mistakes all right... the same ones for years and years and years.

  • jamie

    My mother always told me when I complained about my boss being gross that its the price you pay when you're pretty. So every time he sent me a picture of his penis, I forwarded it to my mom.

  • johnsmart

    Now we must expose the Apprentice tapes and Trump. Leak the Tapes!

  • Dennis Shipman

    We aren't rapists.

  • 777abc

    This is a bad guy I get it. If criminal charges are warranted, they should be pressed. That said, does it bother anyone else that all of these women sat back and didn't say anything which let him continue to do it to others, some even took money but kept their mouths shut...apparently caring more about the money than making sure it didn't happen to anyone else? NOW they all come out? Now all of a sudden they're brave? Putting him in jail is justice, bullying the guy to death is not. I hate this guy and what he has done, but what these women are doing, at this late date, doesn't sit well with me either.

  • Allen Stimmel

    . . . and you libs will resort to your usual tactics of lie, deny and then tear apart the accusers. Same old playbook won't work anymore. Everyone sees you for the double crossing hypocrites whose whole being is one giant double standard. Game up!

  • OMA44

    Not a mistake, Harvey. Sexual assault is a crime.
    Do not pass go; do not collect $200. Jail should be your next stop.

  • FundingGone

    LMAO... Carlos Danger's daddy.

  • Robulator

    He's only sorry because he finally got called out.

  • Jeff

    We all make the mistake of serial raping women for 30 years ????? No Harvey, not us, but your new prison friends have all made similar mistakes.

  • yeah that

    Hasn't been too long ago that the "Hollywood casting couch" was a thing that everyone & their mother knew about. People in show business like Weinstein & Trump have taken advantage of a lot of young women & girls.

    It's not over yet, as you can tell, some people will pay (Weinstein) & some people, (Trump) became president.


    To tell you the truth with all thats going on in the world, I could care less about what Hollywood actors are saying about this man. People of power it can either be man or women have always behaved like this. Also this type of stuff in Hollywood has always happen. Every actor victimized says the same thing that if they told they would risk losing their career. Bottom line they didnt want to lose out in all that $$$. Hollywood will always be out of touch with us so I can care less.

  • Elliot Sachs

    I like the way he says 'mistakes' instead of 'crimes'.Man, I wouldn't want to be in your shoes.

  • Sheriff Jack Carter

    Here's an idea Harv....you wanna show just how much you have grown etc...release every woman you ever intimidated and paid off from their non-disclosure agreements. No need to release their names. You can do it privately while also making a public statement saying it has been done. That way it is up to each individual woman you paid off to go public if they want. Do that and we may believe a tiny bit of what you say.

  • Sheriff Jack Carter

    His attitude has not changed....this is a leaked email he sent to high-powered agents and industry types just before he was fired.

    "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."

  • Solly Llama

    "Serial sex crimes" are not the types of mistakes we all make, Harvey.

  • Hecate

    He's not truly remorseful.... It's disingenuous... he's just sorry he's going to lose a fortune in attorney fees.

  • Eagle1000

    First time is a mistake, second time can be defined as probably/may be with some benefit of doubt case but third time is certainly a Crime, and here He has done it far too many times to be believed by even a dummy.

    He has committed Crimes against women and is now trying to sneak his way out..

    He cannot manipulate the world with his OBVIOUS LIES, He is not ILL but EVIL and like all the other sexual predators would be better behind the bars.

  • chipperchick62

    The fact that the first words out of his mouth are that HE's not doing okay demonstrate that he really doesn't understand the severity of his actions, and I don't mean the severity of his actions to HIM, but to the women he assaulted.

    Further, that he uses the "we all make mistakes" excuse shows that he doesn't think what he did is that big of a deal. He's right that "we all make mistakes." We DO all make mistakes. But, most of us don't repeat them scores of time over decades. I think this shows the only thing he's sorry about is that he got caught and now it's impacting his life in ways that matter to him.

    He behaved atrociously.

  • JohnC

    He's trying to make it as though he just needs help. Perhaps, but like a drug addict, after he gets help he can't have a job around young starlets or he will relapse. Perhaps constructing sets.

  • ItsOnlyaFleshWound

    HRC called Trump a "CREEP" for allegedly engaging in this sort of behavior--then took FIVE DAYS to condemn her big donor Weinstein. Guess it's not only the Right that's HYPOCRITICAL.

  • Bob Carroll

    Just put him in jail.

  • Tim

    society has made it clear mistakes don't happen.

  • carrollfamily

    he looks like a sleezeball

  • Trumpu$$yGrab

    Whine-stein " I will Sue for Slander", "Those Broads are All Liars", " I've checked into rehab", "I was impaired", "I have a Sex addiction", Any of this stuff working? ok, ok, "I made a Mistake" The Supermodel Wife I bought wasn't enough. I accidentally raped everyone that entered my office. Sorry.

  • Bill Smith 999935

    Decades of decadence finally caught up with him.

  • BWitched

    The first time it's a mistake. The second time it's a choice. The third time it's a habit
    - Author Unkown