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The Sham of Harvey Weinstein's Rehab, by FranK Bruni

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'Maybe he and his kind aren’t sick. Maybe they’re just predators.The phrase “sex addict” has been tossed around, encouraged by his own sparse words since dozens of accusations of rape, sexual abuse or sexual harassment were made public.  he vowed to embark on a journey to “conquer my demons,”  and he asked for understanding as he tended to his wounded psyche,' casting 'himself as a patient at the mercy of an affliction. But, maybe -- he’s just a merciless tyrant and creep, and to dress him in clinical language is to let him off the hook. claiming that he didn’t have total control and thus implying that he doesn’t bear full responsibility. Those pesky demons did it.I’m not equating these men. I’m noting a pattern in how a certain breed of brute explains and partly excuses himself, and I’m questioning the quickness with which so many of the rest of us adopt that vocabulary.'

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