By AMY CHOZICKMARCH 9, 2018
Harvey Weinstein has been waking up early, checking in with his East Coast lawyers and then going down 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 rehab, sharing a 1,700-square-foot furnished apartment in a verdant glass complex convenient to a midrange shopping mall, said local residents and associates familiar with his circumstances, who would only describe Mr. Weinstein’s daily routine without attribution.
Ever since the fall, after reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker revealed decades of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Mr. Weinstein, the Hollywood megaproducer has become a pariah in the Beverly Hills and Manhattan quarters where he once held court.
Many of his accusers, and the wave of people who have spoken out against sexual assault and harassment alongside them, have questioned why Mr. Weinstein hasn’t been arrested. “I want to see him in jail,” Jennifer Lawrence told “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired in late February.
He has spent much of his time in purgatory in Scottsdale, Ariz. (On Friday, a representative for Mr. Weinstein said he had been in and out of Arizona and seeking treatment for sex addiction at various locations across the U.S.)
Rather than attending the Oscars in glory as he did for so many years — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences banned Mr. Weinstein in October — Mr. Weinstein has huddled in this corner of Maricopa County as his empire crumbles and prosecutors in New York, Los Angeles and London investigate potential criminal cases against him. (Through representatives, he has steadily denied allegations of assault and harassment.)
Mr. Weinstein joins a tiny cadre of extremely recognizable celebrities, including O. J. Simpson and Bill Cosby, who have been tried and more or less found guilty in the court of public opinion. Mr. Simpson and Mr. Cosby went on to high-profile criminal trials and, despite a not-guilty verdict for Mr. Simpson and a mistrial for Mr. Cosby, moved from infamy to a starkly more complicated reality. Mr. Weinstein has found himself, for now, in limbo.
His 5,000-square-foot, red brick West Village townhouse has often been dark. According to Variety, his West Hollywood Tudor cottage in California is up for rent ($7,495 a month). He sold his waterfront estate in Amagansett, N.Y., at a roughly $2 million loss and has agreed on a settlement likely well north of $15 million with his wife, Georgina Chapman, who sought a divorce after the October revelations.
For months Mr. Weinstein’s representatives have said, without elaboration, that he is seeking therapy for sex addiction in Arizona. “His therapy must be working,” Uma Thurman told The Times after Mr. Weinstein made a rare admission that he had apologized to her after what she described as an “attack” at a London hotel in the mid-1990s.
Some of the therapy took place an hour outside Scottsdale in Wickenburg (population: 6,300) at Gentle Path at the Meadows: an inpatient, men-only 38-acre compound of adobe cabins and cactuses. Previous clients include Kevin Spacey and Tiger Woods. The price? $58,000 for 45 days.
“It’s an incredible amount of money,” said Allan Benham, the executive director of Gentle Path, who would not confirm that Mr. Weinstein was a patient and declined to comment on any particular patients. “People think, ‘That must be a spa and a really high-priced hotel,’ but it’s anything but.”
Mr. Weinstein didn’t last that entire 45 days, local observers said.
To give a general sense of its program, the facility gave The Times a rare glimpse inside. The daily schedule is rigorous, earning the 28-bed facility the nickname Brutal Path. Patients wake up at 6:30 a.m. and begin the day with meditation. Breakfast (organic, farm-raised) starts at 7:15. A “community meeting” where staff and patients can talk about their issues starts at 8:15.
Individual appointments with trauma therapists, dietitians, “brain center neurofeedback” and other clinicians and study hall to work on clinical assignments — including homework about how patients’ addictions have hurt others and an “arousal template” to chronicle dangerous patterns — runs from 9:15 to 10.
Group therapy sessions then go until lunch (12 to 1 p.m.), followed by two hours of educational lectures. From 3 to 5, patients have individual appointments with psychiatrists, psychologists and other therapists. From 4 to 5, they can choose from “ancillary activities” like art therapy, yoga or tai chi. Dinner begins at 5, with 12-step meetings at 6 p.m. After 7, it’s lights out.
Speaking generally and not about Mr. Weinstein, Mr. Benham said celebrities can bring added challenges. “They come back a little more entitled than other patients,” he said. “The first thing we have to do is to show them they’re just like everybody else.”
After completing the 45-day stay at Gentle Path, patients are advised to attend multiple types of rigorous outpatient treatment, to continue rebuilding shattered lives.
But rather than finish the program and take part in intensive outpatient sessions, Mr. Weinstein has, for the most part, seemingly whiled away much of his time in Arizona, dabbling in outpatient classes at a related facility and dealing with his legal challenges, said three people who have heard from Mr. Weinstein in recent months. And through his presence, he has provoked the ire of Scottsdale and neighboring Paradise Valley’s retirees and vacationers, some of who have been complaining about their famous neighbor on social media.
Mr. Weinstein has lost weight. He still works his Rolodex — or at least tries to. But in the Hollywood caste system, the publicists-for-hire, the striving producers, the up-and-coming directors who used to endure his verbal lashings and entertain his every whim now mostly don’t pick up, according to several such people who said they avoid his calls.
The man behind “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love” has already made some efforts to produce his most challenging film yet, these people say: a documentary designed to pave the way for a comeback. So far, no one will touch it. A representative for Mr. Weinstein said a “long list” of producers and others have reached out to him about how to best tell his side and story.
Before Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale and dozens more women came forward with accusations against Mr. Weinstein, his net worth was estimated at $300 million. But paying his legal teams, led by Blair Berk in Hollywood and Benjamin Brafman in Manhattan, and his ongoing divorce, have chipped away at that fortune, said several people close to Mr. Weinstein.
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