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Harvey Weinstein: Film producer says 'I have caused a lot of pain'

From BBC - October 5, 2017

Film producer Harvey Weinstein has issued an apology as a newspaper reported a number of sexual harassment allegations against him.

"I appreciate the way I have behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it," said the movie mogul's statement.

But he later disputed a New York Times report that claimed he harassed female employees over nearly three decades.

The newspaper reported he had reached at least eight settlements with women.

Mr Weinstein, a married father-of-five, said he planned to take a leave of absence from his company and had hired therapists to deal with his issue.

"My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons," the 65-year-old's statement on Thursday said.

"I so respect all women and regret what happened," he added in the statement initially given to the New York Times, and later sent to the BBC.

It continued: "I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them."

The Miramax and Weinstein Company co-founder has produced a number of Oscar-winning blockbusters, including Shakespeare in Love, The King's Speech and The Artist.

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