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Harvey Weinstein Apologizes Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Powerful American film producer Harvey Weinstein has apologized after a news report, alleging that he sexually harassed women for decades.

The New York Times published an investigative report Thursday citing allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades against women in the film industry, his female assistants and employees, resulting in at least eight private settlements.

The New York Times article, that rocked the Hollywood, narrates the harrowing experiences of actress Ashley Judd and female assistant Lauren O'Connor.

The 65 year-old movie mogul issued a lengthy statement after the article was published: "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I'm trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment. I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them."

He added that he was working with therapists and planning to take a leave of absence to "deal with this issue head on."

But at the same time, Weinstein said that while he admits responsibility for his actions, he plans to sue The New York Times for $50 million for "reckless reporting."

Lisa Bloom, one of Weinstein's lawyers, said the married father-of-five acknowledged mistakes he has made, but added that he denies many of the accusations as "patently false."

Weinstein is the co-founder of the Miramax Films and co-chairman of Weinstein Company, which has produced a number of Oscar-winning films, including Shakespeare in Love, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained, The King's Speech and The Artist.

by RTT Staff Writer

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