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On Sunday, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from his position at The Weinstein Company, which he cofounded – but he didn’t go quietly.
Now there’s proof that Weinstein fought to keep his job.
On Monday afternoon, Janice Min, The Hollywood Reporter’s former top editor, tweeted an email Weinstein sent to powerful people in Hollywood asking for a second chance, hours before he was fired.
“Whether it be in a facility or somewhere else, allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance,” Weinstein reportedly wrote. “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.”
Min also tweeted that Hollywood power players like Ron Meyer, David Zaslav, and Jeffrey Katzenberg refused to support Weinstein.
Weinstein’s swift fall from grace has come at the hands of a New York Times report, published on Thursday, which exposed Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual harassment against multiple women for decades, including actress Ashley Judd.
Before Weinstein’s firing on Sunday, he took a leave of absence from the company. But he was hoping to return, as he clarified in a response to The Times.
In the email uncovered by Min, Weinstein indicated that he wanted to fight to stay in the company:
“We believe that 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 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.”
You can read the full email here, in Janice Min’s Tweet:
JUST IN: Weinstein's desperate email to Hwood CEOs, moguls hours before his firing. Read to me by a disgusted (male) recipient pic.twitter.com/wQA64WcKf7
— Janice Min (@janicemin) October 9, 2017