CNN has found from those closest to Weinstein that he’s not sorry about his alleged misconduct. He’s combative, maintains he is innocent of any crime and is planning for a career comeback post-trial. His attorneys have maintained that any sexual contact between Weinstein and his accusers was consensual.
“Anyone who looks at him or talks to him knows this has taken an emotional and physical toll. Is his health failing? Not in a life or death situation, but I think he’s just breaking down,” one of his buddies knowledgeable CNN.
The case in opposition to Weinstein amenities on an allegation that he raped a woman in a New York lodge room in 2013, and a second woman who accused Weinstein of forcibly performing oral intercourse on her at his Manhattan residence in 2006.
He has pleaded not accountable and has repeatedly denied all allegations of non-consensual intercourse.
From Tribeca to trial
Weinstein is constantly Googling himself, primarily based on these close to him.
“If his name [is] on it, he reads it,” one buddy acknowledged.
Weinstein seems to be in denial about how far he’s fallen, the other buddy acknowledged. He’ll inform outdated tales about his filmmaking earlier and elevating money for politicians and charities, as an illustration, or bark orders to the small group he employs, primarily based on the availability.
“He feels like he is owed an apology from Hollywood,” the availability added. “I think there’s a part of him that thinks he will come out on the other side of this and be welcomed back to some version of his old life.”
“It’s a concern for any lawyer that the media or public attention will infect the jury pool,” Cheronis acknowledged.
“When you ask what life is like for Harvey, all you have to do is turn on the nightly news and see women screaming at him, ‘You’re a rapist,'” Rotunno acknowledged. “People have sort of made their decision in the court of public opinion and that’s been my problem with a lot of the coverage.”
Rotunno acknowledged Weinstein might have character flaws, nonetheless, she’s assured he’ll be acquitted at trial.
“There’s a difference between sins and crimes,” Rotunno acknowledged. “You may think that you don’t like the way Harvey conducted himself at times or choices that he’s made, but that doesn’t mean he’s a rapist.”
Rotunno and Cheronis every acknowledged they do not, however, know whether or not or not Weinstein will take the stand to testify in his safety.
“This moment was years in the making,” Tchen knowledgeable CNN. “The fact that two years later, we are still talking about how powerful people and powerful companies can and must do better to create safe, fair, and dignified workplaces shows just how far we’ve come.”
Isolated and lying low
It’s unclear how so much Weinstein has superior, if in any respect.
Despite weekly “intense therapy” lessons, every of Weinstein’s buddies knowledgeable CNN that he stays adamant he’s achieved nothing jail and believes the accusations in opposition to him are “motivated by fame.”
“Harvey thinks every single woman is seeking their 15 minutes and believes these were simple affairs,” the availability acknowledged. “He seems more upset that he’s been stripped of his power and less about trying to take this as an opportunity to become a changed man.”
“He used his influence and power to assault and silence us for over 20 years. The repercussions of our lives and careers have been devastating and still continue,” Dulany acknowledged. “I have to trust that the criminal justice system will serve those of us who were the victims of his many crimes and will protect other women who may potentially be vulnerable to his predations in the future.”
It was the early ’90s and Godbold, an industrial producer on the time, was in search of an internship at Miramax, primarily based on The Wrap, and claims that Weinstein cornered her whereas giving her a tour of his Tribeca locations of work.
“I said, ‘I’ve got to go, my friend is waiting downstairs,’ and I shot out of there.”
“I don’t think this man sleeps at this point,” acknowledged one of the insiders. “He wakes up, reads the news, has medical appointments for back problems and other health issues, blood pressure, goes to therapy. But he’s alone with not many people to call who aren’t on his payroll.”
The buddy added that Weinstein is conscious of most of the people see him as “the fat, ugly monster.”
Weinstein was described as residing a “lonely” and “isolating” existence. Instead of attending commerce events, he’s changed into a voracious reader of three or additional books each week.
Weinstein no longer speaks to his brother, the sources acknowledged.
CNN has reached out to Bob Weinstein for comment.
And whereas Rotunno has advisable Weinstein “lay low,” he’s “not hiding.”
“He is trying to live as normal as a life that he can with his two young children and trying to be a dad,” she acknowledged. “I understand the desire to not want to [hide] given what’s upcoming and the fact that he’s facing spending the rest of his life in prison.”
Thinking of his future
“He’s very remorseful about everything that happened that caused the relationship to break up,” one provides acknowledged. “[But] in a way, he’s just sorry he got caught. Had it not been for the #MeToo movement, he believes they would still be together.”
As Weinstein preps for trial, Chapman has been attempting to stage a comeback for her pattern line, Marchesa.
Two sources in the fashion commerce, who requested anonymity for fear of expert retribution, knowledgeable CNN that Chapman’s connection to her ex-husband has made it virtually unattainable for the company to experience a resurgence.
Established in 2004 by Chapman and her college-friend turned enterprise confederate, Keren Craig, the highway turned profitable, in half, in consequence of having an effect on of Weinstein, who allegedly pressured actresses in his motion pictures to place on his partner’s ultra-femme and elegant designs on the pink carpet, primarily based on one of the fashion commerce insiders who labored with Chapman.
Chapman now resides in the wealthy enclave of Bedford Hills, NY. She bought a farm in 2018, shopping for and promoting the quaint streets of the West Village for all occasions behind a gated residence off a winding mud freeway, calling fellow celebrities Martha Stewart, Blake Lively, and Ryan Reynolds her neighbors.
She’s been seen in native retailers, primarily based on enterprise homeowners CNN spoke to, nonetheless sometimes retains a low profile. In 2019, she made her first public look as a result of the accusations in opposition to her ex-husband surfaced, standing alongside Constance Wu on the 2019 Met Gala. Chapman was personally invited by Anna Wintour, one of the fashion insiders knowledgeable CNN.
Marchesa was recently hiring for a number of roles, along with a social media supervisor, an account govt, and a bridal product sales govt in the company’s New York office. One of the fashion commerce sources, who labored with Marchesa on specific duties in the earlier, knowledgeable CNN the company used to have a “cut-throat” environment the place employees competed for prestigious roles.
“Listen, it’s definitely not her fault, but she knew in some ways his power-mongering,” the second pattern insider acknowledged, citing Weinstein’s reputation for pressuring artists to placed on Marchesa designs when the 2 had been married.
CNN has reached out to a guide of Chapman for comment.
Both of Weinstein’s buddies and Rotunno acknowledge the earlier producer, too, has concepts about rebuilding his life. If acquitted, Weinstein must proceed to make motion pictures and doubtlessly organize a producing agency in Europe, they acknowledged.
“I think he does see life after this,” Rotunno acknowledged. “I think that’s a very positive thing. I think if I was looking at the evidence we are all looking at, I would see life after this as well. I do think I’m one of the people who has said all along if we win this case, I think that he can come back even stronger.”
“The way he comes off sometimes is he tries to look like he’s not [scared] and tries to act like he’s walking around, just casually, but he’s not,” one of the buddies acknowledged. “He’s afraid.”