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Harvey Weinstein 'sent plea ahead of firing'

From BBC - October 9, 2017

Film producer Harvey Weinstein sent out an email to Hollywood associates asking them to help stop him being fired by his own company, US media report.

Weinstein was sacked amid a slew of sexual harassment allegations dating back decades.

In the email, he said he was "desperate" for help and called for the film industry to support him, the New York Times reported.

Hollywood stars have spoken of their shock at the allegations.

Meryl Streep told the Huffington Post she was appalled by the "disgraceful" news and praised the women who reported the alleged abuse as "heroes".

Dame Judi Dench, who won an Oscar for her role in the Weinstein movie Shakespeare in Love, called the claims "horrifying".

The email was sent on Sunday to studio executives and agents, the New York Times reported, hours before Weinstein was fired by the board of his company.

According to those who said they had seen it, the email read: "My board is thinking of firing me. All I am asking is let me take a leave of absence and get into heavy therapy and counselling. Whether it be in a facility or somewhere else, allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance. A lot of the allegations are false as you know but given therapy and counselling as other people have done, I think I'd be able to get there.

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