On Monday, Harvey Weinstein will go to court to stand trial on accusations of rape. In advance of the trial, Weinstein answered a series of questions from CNN via email.
“The past two years have been gruelling and have presented me with a great opportunity for self-reflection,” Weinstein wrote. “I realize now that I was consumed with my work, my company and my drive for success. This caused me to neglect my family, my relationships and to lash out at the people around me. I have been in rehab since October 2017, and have been involved in a 12-step program and meditation. I have learned to give up my need for control.”
Asked if he had empathy for his accusers, Weinstein sidestepped the question. “While I do have many empathetic opinions regarding many people, I am following the advice of my lawyers on the eve of my trial to not offer any commentary on this,” he responded.
In his written responses, Weinstein was adamant that the media is to blame for sensationalizing the allegations made against him by more than 80 different women.
“The public’s biggest misconceptions come from the assumptions that have been made through the help of media,” he wrote. “That is also all I can say on this for now.”
Addressing his current state of mind, Weinstein wrote: “My meditation and focus on looking inward has helped me balance my emotions. The whole process has been overwhelming, but I am working every day to stay level.”
Asked about his future plans if his trial were to end in a verdict of not guilty, Weinstein replied, “If I can do something positive to advance the causes that I had always championed, I hope to find a way to do so.”
He also said that he remains hopeful he’ll be able to regain his career in the film industry, although he admitted that “will take a bit of work to build back to it. If I can get back to doing something good and building places that help heal and comfort others, I intend to do so.”
In the meantime, Weinstein added, “My main focus has been proving my innocence and clearing my name.”