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REPORT: Weinstein’s Brother Caught in Disgusting Scandal
Criminal action seems to run in the family.
Bob Weinstein, the brother of alleged serial sexual harasser Harvey Weinstein, has been accused of sexual harassment. The accusation against the younger Weinstein brother — lodged by a female executive producer — was reported Tuesday.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Over the years, movie producer Bob Weinstein has belittled and bullied employees, shoved an executive’s spouse and pressured a subordinate to date him, people who worked for him said.
Bob Weinstein denies any wrongdoing.
“No” should be enough
Amanda Segel, who was employed as an executive producer for Spike Lee’s dramatic TV series, The Mist, told Variety that she was pursued by Bob Weinstein for three months. She said the harassment didn’t stop until her lawyer, David Fox of Myman Greenspan, told executives of The Weinstein Co. (TWC), including Chief Operation Officer David Glasser, that she would leave the show if he continued.
“‘No’ should be enough,” Segel told Variety. “After ‘no,’ anybody who has asked you out should just move on. Bob kept referring to me that he wanted to have a friendship. He didn’t want a friendship. He wanted more than that. My hope is that ‘no’ is enough from now on.”
A Bob Weinstein representative issued a statement denying the charges: “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in L.A. in June 2016. He denies any claims that he behaved inappropriately at or after the dinner. It is most unfortunate that any such claim has been made.”
A TWC representative denied that Glasser had ever been contacted by Segel’s lawyer, and Bert Fields, a Weinstein attorney, also issued a statement on the charges:
Variety’s story about Bob Weinstein is riddled with false and misleading assertions by Ms. Segel and we have the emails to prove it, but even if you believe what she says it contains not a hint of any inappropriate touching or even any request for such touching. There is no way in the world that Bob Weinstein is guilty of sexual harassment, and even if you believed what this person asserts there is no way it would amount to that.
However, Segal’s claims appear to be supported by reports that the younger Weinstein was an abusive employer — like his elder brother. The Wall Street Journal reported:
Bob Weinstein hasn’t been accused of the kind of sexual misconduct that led to the ouster of his brother from the production company they jointly ran. Instead, according to multiple former employees and business associates, he was a volatile and bullying executive.
Once, when a marketing executive showed him a potential trailer for the film “I Got the Hookup” and asked, “What do you think?” Bob Weinstein responded, “I think it f—ing sucks,” and threw the videotape over an employee’s head after which it smashed against a wall, according to a person who witnessed the incident. Mr. Weinstein denied the incident occurred.
At the 2000 premiere of “Scary Movie,” a Dimension executive attempted to introduce his wife to his boss. Bob Weinstein stuck out his arm and shoved the woman back, the former executive recalled, as he made a beeline for stars Marlon and Shawn Wayans and director Keenen Ivory Wayans, with whom he hoped to sign a deal to make more movies. Mr. Weinstein denied that that occurred.
If Segel’s allegations have any validity, they confirm the hypocrisy of the Hollywood culture in general and that of Bob Weinstein in particular. Bob appeared to express shock at his brother’s long history of sexual abuse and volatile behavior.
“My brother Harvey is obviously a very sick man,” he told TMZ. “I’ve urged him to seek immediate professional help because he is in dire need of it. His remorse and apologies to the victims of his abuse are hollow. He said he would go away for help and has yet to do so.”
However, a clause in Harvey’s latest employment contract with the company would appear to dispute any claims that no one knew of his sexually abusive nature. It actually made provisions for harassment.
All of this taken together makes one wonder: what does Bob Weinstein’s employment contract say?
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