Bob Weinstein’s Ex-Assistant Says He Knew Harvey Harassed Women Decades Ago (Report)
Despite Bob Weinstein’s recent claims that he was only recently made aware of his brother Harvey’s sexual misconduct at The Weinstein Company, the longtime executive’s former assistant has come forward to claim otherwise.
In an interview with the New York Times published Friday, Kathy DeClesis said she confronted Bob about Harvey’s untoward behavior toward female employees several decades ago when she was working for Miramax.
“Your brother is a pig,” she remembered telling Bob Weinstein around the time that she handed him a letter from a lawyer representing a young staffer who left the company abruptly after an encounter with Harvey Weinstein.
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DeClesis told the Times that the woman — who fled the building “so quickly that she never claimed the extra shoes under her desk” — later received a settlement.
Bob Weinstein’s lawyer, Bert Fields, did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. But he told the Times that his client “has no recollection of that happening.”
Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company earlier this month and is under criminal investigation after more than 50 women having come forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct, harassment and rape.
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In addition, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Marti Noxon told the Times that Bob Weinstein had gotten hostile with her when she declined to work on a movie project with him. At one point, she said that he told her, “I don’t know if I really want to work with you, or if you’re just the girl who won’t f— me.”
Fields told the Times that the conversations were “belligerent or pressuring,” adding, “and it sure as hell had nothing to do with sex.”
Earlier in the week, Fields refuted claims by Amanda Segel, the showrunner for the Weinstein Company-produced TV series “The Mist” that Bob Weinstein had sexually harassed her.
Segel alleged that Bob Weinstein harassed her over the course of a three-month period that began in summer 2016 and included unwanted romantic gestures; Spike canceled the series last month after its first season.
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Source: The Wrap