Harvey Weinstein Says ‘I’m Not Doing OK’ Amid Sexual Misconduct Scandal - NBC Chicago

Harvey Weinstein Says ‘I’m Not Doing OK’ Amid Sexual Misconduct Scandal

Weinstein now stands accused of sexual harassment or sexually inappropriate behavior by more than two dozen women in a string of allegations stemming over decades

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    As more celebrities came forward Wednesday to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, the ousted studio executive said he's "hanging in there" — and would like another chance to prove himself.

    "Guys, I'm not doing OK, but I'm trying," he said outside of his daughter's Los Angeles home in a video licensed by NBC News.

    "I gotta get help," he added, before getting into a car that was reportedly taking him to the airport. "You know, what? We all make mistakes. Second chance, I hope."

    Earlier in the day, LAPD were called to his daughter’s home when, according to TMZ, she was concerned about her father's well-being. But when police arrived, LAPD told NBC News, they were told it was a family dispute.

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    On Thursday actress Kate Beckinsale sais she was 17 years old when Weinstein greeted her in his bathrobe for a meeting in a room at the Savoy Hotel. In an Instagram post Thursday, Beckinsale says she left the meeting uneasy but unscathed.

    Beckinsale recalls that a few years later Weinstein asked her if he had tried anything with her at the first meeting. She says she realized "he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not."

    The actress says she said no to Weinstein professionally many times over the years, and that Weinstein would often respond with anger, profanity and threats.

    Beckinsale calls for a new paradigm in the industry and says "let's stop allowing out young women to be sexual cannon fodder."

    Meanwhile British media say London police are investigating a sexual assault allegation against Weinstein.

    London's Metropolitan Police force says it has received an allegation of sexual assault from the Merseyside force in northwest England. It says the claim will be assessed by detectives from the sexual offenses team.

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    Merseyside Police says the allegation was made Wednesday and concerns "an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s."

    British police do not identify suspects who have not been charged. British media including Sky News, The Guardian and the BBC identified the alleged assaulter as Weinstein.

    New York City police said Thursday that detectives are taking a fresh look at sexual assault allegations against Weinstein.

    The eastern branch of the Writers Guild of America says it will take steps to make it easier for women to report sexual harassment and assault.

    In a statement Thursday, guild President Beau Willimon and Executive Director Lowell Peterson condemned Weinstein's "deplorable" behavior and said that "sexual harassment and assault have long been hallmarks of the entertainment industry."

    The guild said it will review what it can do to facilitate prevention of harassment going forward.

    The statement acknowledged that accusers often speak out at and face great professional and emotional risk.