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He called himself a “good guy” before jetting to an Arizona resort — but to his ever-growing cast of accusers, he’s a nasty super villain.
Accused sex predator Harvey Weinstein faced fresh allegations from actresses Kate Beckinsale and Claire Forlani Thursday after making a sickening play for sympathy.
And now the aftermath of Weinstein’s spiraling scandal is threatening his brother’s job as well.
An official at The Weinstein Company and two Hollywood executives told CNN Money that younger brother Bob Weinstein and TWC President David Glasser are under scrutiny over what they knew and when — and partners such as Amazon are getting skittish.
The company is “under siege,” an unidentified senior staffer told the network.
Speaking outside his daughter’s house Wednesday, Harvey Weinstein tried to play down his dirty deeds and even court forgiveness.
“You know what? We all make mistakes. Second chance, I hope,” he said in new video published Thursday by TMZ.com
“I’ve always been loyal to you guys,” he continued, addressing photographers. “Not like those f---ing pr--ks who treat you like s--t. I’ve been a good guy."
The predatory pariah made no mention of the more than two dozen Hollywood hopefuls he allegedly lured to private locations for unwanted sexual advances.
Forlani, best known for her roles in the 1998 Brad Pitt movie “Meet Joe Black” and the CBS series “CSI: New York,” said she escaped Weinstein's clutches no fewer than five times.
“I had two Peninsula Hotel meetings in the evening with Harvey and all I remember was I ducked, dived and ultimately got out of there without getting slobbered over, well just a bit. Yes massage was suggested," she said in statement posted on Twitter.
Forlani, 45, said she was approached by Ronan Farrow to give her account ahead of his blockbuster Weinstein exposé in the New Yorker, and she regretted not speaking to him.
“Today I sit here feeling some shame, like I’m not a woman supporting other women,” she wrote.
She then thanked the other accusers who spoke out first.
“These men will not feel they have carte blanche to intimidate, sexualize, bully and ultimately hurt women and girls."
Bekinsale, 44, said on Instagram that she was summoned to meet Weinstein at London's Savoy Hotel when she was 17. He greeted her in a bathrobe, she wrote.
“After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed,” she wrote.
“A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not,” she wrote.
The “Underworld” star said she rebuffed Weinstein's come-ons “many times over the years,” which resulted in him “screaming at me calling me a c--t and making threats.”
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault
The latest allegations followed similar claims of harassment from actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette.
According to the New York Times, Weinstein reached at least eight private settlements with accusers including actress Rose McGowan and Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez.
TWC board member Lance Maerov told the New York Times he had been told of the settlements but assumed they were used to cover up consensual affairs.
If Weinstein were to get sued for misconduct — including sexual harassment — he would have to pay the company’s portion of a judgment or settlement plus a fine, according to TMZ. The gossip site cited Weinstein’s 2015 employment contract with TWC.
Weinstein previously hinted he might sue TWC over his ouster.
With a legal battle looming, Weinstein reportedly checked into the five-star Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday.
TMZ said he planned to remain there until moving to a rehab on Friday.
“He wasn't suicidal,” a source close to Weinstein told the Daily News after Los Angeles cops visited his daughter's house Wednesday morning following a 911 call. “It was a total misunderstanding.”
The source said Weinstein's adult daughter was “frayed” from her dad's spiraling sex abuse scandal and got worried when he “tried to slip out” suddenly on Wednesday morning.
“She later said she overreacted,” the source said.
Meanwhile, a review of Weinstein's personal finances revealed he bought a four-story single-family brick townhouse on quiet Bank St. in the West Village for $14.95 million in 2006 with no record of a mortgage — meaning he likely paid cash.
Since then he's taken out three separate mortgages on this valuable property, which city tax records now list as worth an estimated $17 million, records show.
He paid off a $1 million mortgage taken out in 2012 by refinancing with a $6 million mortgage in May 2014. He then took out a second mortgage, this one for $4 million, in April, records show.
That final loan came from Titan Capital ID LLC, a lender that specializes in providing so-called “bridge” loans at higher interest rates to wealthy clients who have substantial assets but need quick cash.
Weinstein also has law enforcement on his back.
NYPD detectives have reached out to at least three women who claimed in recent media reports that Weinstein sexually abused them. Scotland Yard also launched a probe into allegations from another woman, who claims she was abused by Weinstein in the 1980s.
And the LAPD is considering its own probe into Weinstein, Deadline Hollywood reported.
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