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Weinstein Co. board hiring outside lawyer to probe sexual harassment allegations

Harvey Weinstein's company brought in an outside lawyer to investigate sexual assault allegations against the film producer, according to a new report on Friday.

The New York Times on Thursday reported a slew of accusations against Weinstein going back decades. The board of Weinstein Co. is planning on hiring an outside attorney to investigate the allegations, while Weinstein takes a leave of absence, according to the Times.

The development comes a day after Weinstein issued a statement on the report, apologizing for his actions. 

"I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people who I work with have changed," Weinstein said in a statement to the publication. He did not confirm the full extent of the accusations reported.

"I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it," he said. 

Actresses Ashely Judd and Rose McGowan were among Weinstein's accusers featured in the report. 

The Los Angeles Times confirmed on Thursday that Weinstein would be taking a leave absence. 

Weinstein said in his statement he will participate in therapy. 

However, the movie mogul has lashed out at The New York Times for the report, and said he will sue the publication for $50 million. 

"What I am saying is that I bear responsibility for my actions, but the reason I am suing is because of the Times's inability to be honest with me, and their reckless reporting. They told me lies. They made assumptions," Weinstein told Page Six.

"The Times had a deal with us that they would tell us about the people they had on the record in the story, so we could respond appropriately, but they didn't live up to the bargain," he continued. 

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