Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Plans to Stay in the Business, Thinks Controversy Will Fade

Over the past few weeks, it has become increasingly clear that Harvey Weinstein’s Hollywood career is over, but evidently he still plans to attempt a comeback.

E! News reported on Wednesday that Weinstein, who is currently receiving counseling in Arizona, believes that the current controversy will fade and that he will be able to return to making movies.

“He is still figuring out his next move but would like to stay in the business,” an insider said. “He loves making movies and is convinced he will find people that will work with him.”

Harvey Weinstein in 2017

Harvey Weinstein in 2017 | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

This insider also said that Harvey Weinstein’s mental state is positive considering what’s happening around him, and the reality of the situation really hasn’t sunk in yet.

“He has an enormous ego and plans to come back and do what he does best,” the source said. “He really thinks he will be able to put this behind him and move on.”Of course, there is virtually no chance that Harvey Weinstein will ever be able to work in Hollywood again. Over the past few weeks, over 40 actresses have come forward with stories of being sexually harassed or raped by Weinstein, with these actresses including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delevingne, and Lena Headey to name a few.Weinstein’s name has become so toxic that The Weinstein Company is expected to either be shut down or sold in the near future. Actors and directors are beginning to cancel projects that they had planned to produce at The Weinstein Company, and this is despite the fact that Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the studio. Needless to say, if no one in Hollywood wants to work with The Weinstein Company even without Harvey Weinstein being a member, they most certainly will not be willing to work with Harvey Weinstein himself.

Since The New York Times’ and The New Yorker’s expose on Harvey Weinstein’s decades of paying off women who he allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted, Weinstein has denied any accusations of harassment or non-consensual sex. Although Weinstein has denied the allegations, he has also said that he needs to get help and better himself.

“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” Weinstein said in a statement to The New York Times. “Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment. My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons.”

Harvey Weinstein in a dark suit and white shirt against a white and black background

Producer Harvey Weinstein. | Yann Coatsaliou/AFP/Getty Images

Although there have been celebrities who have continued working in Hollywood despite scandals, none of these celebrities’ alleged crimes were as severe and as numerous as Harvey Weinstein’s. Woody Allen, for instance, has been accused of sexually abusing his daughter, and he continues to make movies. Roman Polanski also continued working and even won an Oscar after pleading guilty to statutory rape after allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. But Harvey Weinstein is alleged to have sexually abused dozens upon dozens of women over the course of his decades-long career in the industry, using his power as producer to lure these women to his hotel room. Weinstein’s case is more akin to Bill Cosby’s, and Cosby has been completely ostracized since more than 60 women accused him of sexual assault.

Recently, Weinstein became only the second person in history to be expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the first to be expelled due to behavior of this kind (the only other person was expelled for leaking DVD screeners). The Producers Guild of America has also begun the process of removing Weinstein, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will likely expel him as well.

In addition, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer this week asked any woman who has been sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein to come forward, noting that “we will prosecute.”