The problem with Harvey Weinstein's sex addiction claim

Source: CBS News

It’s an all-too-common narrative. A wealthy man in a position of power is accused of sexual behavior that’s at best inappropriate and at worst criminal and announces he’s seeking therapy for treatment.

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly checked himself into rehab for sex addiction, a condition many experts in the medical field say isn’t a real diagnosis — let alone an accurate description of his alleged abuses.

Since the first bombshell reports from The New York Times and The New Yorker, more than 50 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and six have accused him of rape or sexual assault.

While Weinstein embarked on what he described as a “journey … to learn about myself and conquer my demons,” experts say the actions he’s accused of do not fall under any categorization of an addiction to sex.


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