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Harvey Weinstein Solicited Top Hollywood Execs Before Firing: "I Am Desperate for Your Help"

The Hollywood Reporter logo The Hollywood Reporter 10/9/2017 Gregg Kilday

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As the board of the Weinstein Company moved to fire Harvey Weinstein over the weekend, he sent a private email to a number of high-level Hollywood executives at the studios, networks and talent agencies, begging for their help in helping him save his job.

"I am desperate for your help," Weinstein said as he asked others in the industry for a letter that he could present to the TWC board "stating your opposition to the board firing me."

The complete email is below.  FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein participates in the "War and Peace" panel at the A&E 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Co., effective immediately, following new information revealed regarding his conduct, the company's board of directors announced Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein participates in the "War and Peace" panel at the A&E 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Co., effective immediately, following new information revealed regarding his conduct, the company's board of directors announced Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

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 areas 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.

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