▪ Harvey Weinstein doesn’t seem overly invested in his treatment for sex addiction. The disgraced Hollywood producer intended to check out of an Arizona rehab facility this week after completing a mere seven-day program for “various psychological issues,” in theanned cellphone. “When it was his turn to speak, he launched into a speech about how this is all a conspiracy against him,” a source told the New York Post. Weinstein has signed up for another month so that he can continue working on his ang er and empathy issues, one of his psychologists told TMZ.com. So far, at least 58 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, or rape; some of those claims are now under investigation by the New York City, Los Angeles, and London police.
▪ Matt Damon has known for years that Weinstein sexually harassed Gwyneth Paltrow, the actor has admitted. During a joint interview with George Clooney, Damon, who starred in the Weinstein-produced The Talented Mr. Ripley, said he was told years ago that Weinstein had tried to coerce Paltrow into giving him a massage. Damon said he believed Paltrow had come to an “understanding” with Weinstein, and insisted “the criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on.” Clooney echoed Damon’s claim of innocence, saying that Weinstein would brag about his affairs, but he never knew “this predator...was out there silencing women.”
▪ Another Hollywood figure, writer-director James Toback, has become embroiled in his own sexual harassment scandal, with more than 200 women coming forward to accuse him of offering to make them stars in exchange for sexual favors. NBC anchor Natalie Morales and actrand heart condition. ■