The disgraced movie magnate Harvey Weinstein‘s misdeeds have sent the studio that he cofounded into a bumpy downfall and put his brother, Bob Weinstein, in what he says is “a waking nightmare.”
Bob said that he had no idea “the type of predator” his brother is accused of being. He said, “I want him to get the justice he deserves.”
While it is not yet known exactly what Harvey did, what is known is that over two dozen women have accused the 65-year-old producer of sexual harassment and even assault.
On Sunday, October 8, The Weinstein Company’s board fired Harvey, citing “new information about misconduct.” Initially, Harvey agreed to along with the studio board’s recommendation, admitting that he does need help.
Then on Friday, October 13, TMZ broke the news that Harvey obtained the services of high-powered lawyer Patricia Glaser to challenge his ouster on the grounds that “he did not violate his current contract.”
The 62-year-old Bob, who had been partners with his flamboyant older brother for over 30 years, feels that there is hope for the film company. In a statement he said, “Our banks, partners and shareholders are fully supportive of our company. Business is continuing as usual as the Company moves ahead.”
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bob said that he and his brother ran separate divisions of the company on opposite coasts, and have barely spoken in the last five years. He said, “The members of the board, including myself, did not know the extent of my brother’s actions.” Bob said he was aware of Harvey cheating on his wife Georgina Chapman, and “philandering with every woman he could meet.” But he insisted he had no knowledge of any of the alleged acts of sexual harassment and assault that Harvey is accused of committing.
Bob said, “I’ll tell you what I did know: Harvey was a bully, Harvey was arrogant, he treated people like (crap) all the time. I’m mortified and disgusted by my brother’s actions. And I am sick for the victims. And I feel for them.”
According to the Washington Post, “Dozens of women, including actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have gone public with accusations against Harvey following recent reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker detailing misconduct claims by others. In the latest development, British actress Lysette Anthony said she’s told police that Harvey raped her in the 1980s.”
Weinstein denies engaging in any sexual acts with any woman that was nonconsensual.
The Weinstein Company is planning to change its name as it fights to recover from this scandal. Despite the many predictions that the company will have to be sold or shit down, Bob says, “There is a plan to come out on the other side.”
By Mark Snyder