Weinstein asked for chance to "resurrect" himself hours before sacking

Actress Liz Hurley says she never heard of or witnessed any of Weinstein's inappropriate behaviour

Weinstein asked for chance to "resurrect" himself hours before sacking

File photo, Harvey Weinstein in Southern France, 25-05-2017. Image: Domine Jerome/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

It has emerged that filmmaker Harvey Weinstein sent a pleading e-mail to board members just hours before he was fired from his own company.

The producer – who is facing a string of sexual harassment allegations - asked for the chance to 'resurrect' himself.

Actresses Meryl Streep and Judi Dench have spoken of their shock at the claims – with Liz Hurley saying she never heard of or witnessed any inappropriate behaviour:

“Of course we have always heard that there are predatory people in every business,” she said.

“I have known Harvey for 22 years; I can honestly say he certainly never asked me to massage him.

“Of course, if he has done those things, it is horrible and I'm very sorry for those women."

The British star has lived in Hollywood for ten years, and has starred in over 30 films, but said she has personally "never encountered a casting couch situation."

She said she does not think sexual harassment is "a Hollywood problem per se" adding that it is “possibly a world problem.”

Weinstein

The Oscar-winning producer was yesterday fired from his own film company, The Weinstein Company, after a string of sexual harassment allegations were published in The New York Times.

In a statement, Weinstein conceded causing "a lot of pain" and asked for "a second chance", blaming his actions on the workplace culture in the '60s and '70s.

But he and his lawyers have also criticised the New York Times report, vowing an aggressive response.

Hollywood response

A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, Mark Ruffalo and George Clooney have all come forward criticising Weinstein.

"The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported," said Streep, who has worked with the producer in several films.

"I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere," tweeted Chastain.

"To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again."

Clooney called Weinstein’s alleged actions "indefensible," while Kate Winslet issued a long statement saying: "The way Harvey Weinstein has treated these vulnerable, talented young women is not the way women should ever, ever deem to be acceptable or commonplace in any workplace."

One of Hollywood's most powerful producers, Weinstein was behind such movies as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love and The King's Speech.