Weinstein fails to complete sex rehabilitation stint

NEW YORK • Harvey Weinstein has been waking up early, checking in with his East Coast lawyers, then going to a juice shop where he orders coffee and a green detox mix with kale and cucumber.

He has lived with a roommate who was his sponsor during a truncated stint in sex rehabilitation, sharing a 1,700 sq ft furnished apartment in a verdant glass complex within proximity to a mid-range mall, said local residents and associates familiar with his circumstances.

Since October last year, after reports revealed decades of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein, he has become a pariah in Hollywood.

According to Variety, the mega-producer's West Hollywood Tudor cottage in California is up for rent (US$7,495 or S$9,870 a month).

He sold his waterfront estate in Amagansett, New York, at a loss of about US$2 million and has agreed on a settlement likely well north of US$15 million with his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, who sought a divorce after the October revelations.

For months, his representatives have said, without elaboration, that he was seeking therapy for sex addiction in Arizona.

Some of the therapy took place an hour outside Scottsdale in Wickenburg at Gentle Path at the Meadows: an in-patient, men-only 15ha compound of adobe cabins and cacti. Previous clients include actor Kevin Spacey and golfer Tiger Woods. The price? US$58,000 for 45 days.

The daily schedule is rigorous, earning the 28-bed facility the nickname of "Brutal Path".

Patients wake up at 6.30am and begin the day with meditation. Breakfast starts at 7.15am. A "community meeting" in which staff and patients can talk about their issues starts at 8.15am, followed by individual appointments, group therapy sessions and educational lectures.

From 4 to 5pm, they can choose from activities such as art therapy or taiji. Dinner begins at 5pm, with 12-step meetings at 6pm.

After 7pm, it is lights out.

Weinstein did not last the 45 days, local observers said. Instead, he has seemingly whittled away much of his time in Arizona, dabbling in outpatient classes at a related facility and dealing with his legal challenges, said people who have heard from him in recent months.

According to several people who say they avoid his calls, he has made efforts to produce a documentary designed to pave the way for a comeback. So far, no one will touch it.

But a representative for Weinstein said a "long list" of producers and others have reached out to him about how best to tell his side of the story.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2018, with the headline 'Weinstein fails to complete sex rehabilitation stint'. Print Edition | Subscribe