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Read Harvey Weinstein’s full comments to court during his sentencing

Right here is the full textual content of Harvey Weinstein‘s comments in court as he was sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape Wednesday.

To start with, to all the ladies who testified, we might have completely different truths, however I’ve nice regret for all of you. I’ve nice regret for all of the women and men going by this disaster proper now in our nation.

, the motion began principally with me, and I believe what occurred, you understand, I used to be the primary instance, and now there are millions of males who’re being accused and a technology of issues that I believe none of us understood.

I believe that — I can’t assist Jessica and Mimi and hope that one thing of our outdated friendship in me may emerge, however I’m certain, like me, they’ve attorneys who say to them watch out of what you say. I learn, you understand, these letters the place individuals talked about, you understand, lacking you, loving you, that sort of factor. As you understand, having a severe friendship, that’s what I imagine that I had with Mimi and Jessica. , I actually, actually was perhaps hypnotic and beneath that impression that I had that feeling, that I had that relationship.

That 5 years with Jessica and the years that I knew Mimi had been at all times crammed with don’t go on the airplane Harv, I would like to have dinner with you first from Mimi. Or Harv, no matter, let’s get, you understand, are you able to have a look at this concept I’ve for a tv sequence. Or Harv, I’m in Cannes, can I’m going to the premier. Or Jessica, can I get into the Soho Membership which is a really unique robust place to get into. However she wanted it for herself. I acquired her a job on the Peninsula Resort which she excelled at for some time.

I’m not going to say these aren’t nice individuals, I had great occasions with these individuals, you understand. It’s simply I’m completely confused and I believe males are confused about all of those points.

, I simply — coping with the 1000’s of women and men who’re shedding due course of, I’m nervous about this nation in a way too. I’m nervous there’s a repeat of the black checklist there was within the 1950s when a number of males like myself, Dalton Trumbo, one of many nice examples, didn’t work, went to jail as a result of individuals thought they had been communists.

, there was a scare, and that’s what occurred, and I believe that’s what is going on now throughout this nation.

Two years in the past we wrote a letter to 15 mates, I believe, the ADA quoted a part of it, however the a part of it that was an important half was I’m a builder, I understand how to construct, and I understand how to generate, you understand, issues on a charitable nature, and I understand how to cross my success ahead. I believe even Mimi and Jessica would say that I used to be beneficiant, you understand, in that a part of the connection.

The factor that I wished to do in that letter was I wished to construct a hospital, however not a hospital just like the common hospital, a hospital that offers with this, rehabilitation and redemption; individuals shedding their jobs over the very fact they testified for me, or individuals being afraid to testify that they’ll lose their jobs. That isn’t the best environment for this United States of America.

It’s flawed, you understand, and that’s what is going on. All people is on some form of black checklist. I had no nice powers on this business. Miramax on the peak of its fame was a smaller firm than by far any Walt Disney, any Sony, Paramount,. I couldn’t blackball anyone, as a result of if I mentioned don’t use that actress, the fellows at Warner Brothers would say I’m going to use it to regardless of that bastard, no matter. That’s what it was. Nevertheless it turned blown up like energy, energy, energy.

I used to be not about energy, I used to be about making nice films, I used to be a perfectionist, and I believe I drove myself loopy. I’m not going to additionally run away from what the District Legal professional mentioned about among the issues I did say. I had a struggle with my brother, sure, individuals mentioned I mentioned dangerous issues to individuals, however there are such a lot of individuals, 1000’s of people that would say nice issues about me. 60 executives on this business had been educated by me. They’re on the high of their discipline. They had been working studios in high positions on this nation.

After I was an assistant at Paramount, they mentioned in case you are 5 minutes late, don’t are available, or they might black me the entire day. There by no means was in our business a ebook that mentioned that is the way it must be. We at all times previous it on from assistant to assistant. An assistant was nearly like if you happen to had been my assistant, it was like going to the Marine Corps, I imply may you survive two years with me after which grow to be an govt. And people two years had been robust, and I admit it. If I had to do it over once more, I’d not do it that approach. If I had to do plenty of issues over, I’d care much less concerning the films and care extra about my youngsters, household, and different individuals and mates and different individuals on this life. The factor for me is I’ve not seen my three older youngsters for the reason that newspaper, for the reason that New Yorker article got here out; not The New York Occasions, however The New Yorker article, so I’ve not seen them.

I simply do not know what they’re doing, and I’m in no communication with them, that for me is hell on earth. I simply suppose my empathy has grown over the past two and a half years. I can have a look at all people there, you understand, and simply say, you understand, I perceive issues, I empathize, I really feel issues, and I used to be not that particular person till this disaster began. I’ve to simply say that. I imply that a part of that is such a troublesome course of and has come out the place I’ve discovered so many issues. I by no means thought I may take care of or issues I handled in Arizona.

I mentioned I’ll construct this hospital blah, blah, blah. I mentioned to two 15 yr olds what would you title the hospital, they mentioned the Marvel Lady Hospital. I mentioned you have got to consider like a Greek God. He mentioned Athena. These two 15 yr olds, as a result of they had been all a part of this group, had been hooked on opiates and no matter, and you understand, prostituting themselves to become profitable for it.

I met all kinds of individuals and I’ve grown. For me, the concept of perfection in artwork and enterprise is over. My mission is to assist individuals. And I additionally need to make one clear assertion. My spouse Eve, my first spouse and my spouse Regina knew nothing about this. I went to extraordinary lengths to conceal my extramarital affairs; that was a horrible factor that I did by having these extramarital affairs, and God is aware of if I may take it again, I’d. I do know all people on this room feels the identical approach. It had nothing to do with something. I used to be untrue to each, and I simply can not inform you how dangerous I really feel about that. , I by no means see my youngsters once more and they’re all the things to me on this world.

, once I take care of topics like this, I don’t want for vengeance, I want for understanding. That’s the reason I wished to construct a hospital. I wished to construct a hospital the place if any person is accused of one thing, they work, girls, males, me too, they work with accredited teams that are available and assist them and assist them develop. , I wished to testify, however they advised me all this stuff the District Legal professional simply mentioned would are available my approach earlier than I testified. I wished to discuss to all people, however anyhow, all of them got here up as it’s. Now you must know among the different aspect of that as a result of I acknowledged the voices in these. A type of voices, one — I misplaced my practice of thought.

I simply acknowledged among the names who complained, however what was recognized about me was with the toughness got here the kindness, the one that in all probability hates me essentially the most on this world, their daughter has a scenario the place she wants the assistance of a terrific physician. I acquired her that physician. That physician is there to date along with her. Her father couldn’t get that physician. That is the one that hates me essentially the most on this firm. When his mom was sick I helped him with a health care provider too. There was not any request that I refused on the a part of the individuals who labored with me. So far as the million {dollars} is worried, I wrote a try from the corporate, however I reimbursed the corporate as a result of that’s the approach we did it. That million {dollars} was mine and I’ll say that time and again.

9-11 occurred, and I awakened two days later, I referred to as John Seiss (phon), I mentioned we have now to do one thing for New York, not just for the cash, however for the angle. We raised 100 million {dollars} freed from bills. Ask the police who acquired that cash. Ask the firemen in the event that they respect me. Ask the employees in the event that they respect me, and most of all, ask the victims of 9-11 who acquired 35 million {dollars} of that hundred million {dollars} in the event that they respect me.

, if you need to examine, take each side into the equation, then when Sandy occurred and folks misplaced their jobs, and folks misplaced their homes, once more, we went to the board and we raised 77 million {dollars}. Ask the man in Coney Island, ask the man in Far Rockaway when he misplaced his enterprise and we had been in a position to stroll in there and save his enterprise; ask him if he likes me. Ask the captain who was killed in motion. I took his youngsters to the Tremendous Bowl and to the Academy Awards as a result of any person had to do it. I did it with Steve Tisch. There are such a lot of examples of that.

Robin Hood raised two and a half billion {dollars} for the youngsters and folks of New York Metropolis. We constructed colleges, constructed advocacy teams. I’m not saying I used to be a terrific a part of it, however I used to be one of many board there and 22 years, and I had loads to say and loads to do. Jones was the one who deserved the credit score, however two and a half billion {dollars} to construct colleges. I confirmed it by my work.

You’ll be able to’t obtain what we achieved at AmFar. You can’t obtain what we achieved at AmFar with out doing the laborious work, getting the individuals, and we raised 170 million {dollars} and I began with AmFar. Individuals wouldn’t contact one another, just like the virus in the present day, individuals wouldn’t contact one another. They had been frightened of AIDS and there have been 300 individuals who raised 300 thousand {dollars} the primary evening. The yr I left AmFar we raised 30 million {dollars} and 170 million {dollars} general. I labored too laborious.

On account of working too laborious, I felt an excessive amount of stress on myself. I actually really feel the regret of this example, I really feel it deeply in my coronary heart. I really feel emotional, I really feel like to go and discuss to you guys, you understand, simply actually, actually caring and actually attempting and actually attempting to be a greater particular person. Thanks, your Honor, for the time.

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