Har­vey We­in­stein's Brother Holds On To Hope for Stu­dio's Sur­vival

The Jewish Voice - - BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY - By Mark Sny­der

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-yearold pro­ducer of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and even as­sault.

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8, Th We­in­stein Com­pany’s board fi ed 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 fl mboy­ant 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 Th 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 Th 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 fi hts 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.”

Right to Left: Har­vey and Bob We­in­stein co-founded the Hol­ly­wood stu­dio The We­in­stein Com­pany.

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