Ahead of Harvey Weinstein's expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, his brother and producing partner Bob Weinstein spoke to the Hollywood Reporter at length about the accusations of sexual harassment and assault against his brother.
"For me, I thought he was literally just going out there cheating in a pervasive way. It wasn't like he even had a mistress," he said. "It was one after another and that I was aware of. But as far as being in a room and hearing the description in The New York Times? No way. No F-in way was I aware that that was the type of predator that he was. And the way he convinced people to do things? I thought they were all consensual situations."
The NY Times first published an expose into how Harvey Weinstein settled at least eight incidents where he was accused of sexual harassment, and also offered vivid anecdotes, including ones from women, like actress Ashley Judd, on the record, about how he would invite women to hotel rooms for meetings that would turn into requests for massages or to watch him shower.
Then, the New Yorker offered a dense article featuring more stories of aggressive harassment; three accusations of rape (from an aspiring audirector-actress Asia Argento and actress Rose McGowan); and audio from an NYPD sting where Weinstein admitted to grabbing an Italian model's breast.
Since the revelations of his behavior, Harvey Weinstein admitted he misbehaved but defiantly said the Times had "reckless"-ly reported the story and threatened to sue the newspaper; was fired from The Weinstein Company, which he co-founded with his brother; hoped to reconcile with his wife, who announced she was leaving him; and is the subject of a renewed NYPD investigation into the rape claim.
Bob Weinstein told the Hollywood Reporter that he "divorced" his brother five years ago and hadn't really spoken to him since. "I was also the object of a lot of his verbal abuse — at one time physical abuse. And I am not looking for one bit of sympathy from anyone. I do not put myself in the category at all of those women that he hurt," he explained. "But it's a complicated situation when it's your brother doing the abusing to you as well. I saw it and I asked him to get help for many years. And that's the truth. He avoided getting the help. We begged him."
I find myself in a waking nightmare. My brother has caused unconscionable suffering. As a father of three girls I say this with every bone in my body — I am heartbroken for the women that he has harmed. I'm a fighter. For my entire adult life, I fought for the films I want to see the light of day. I have fought for my employees, who have dedicated their lives to achieving the vision of this company that me and my brother founded. But I cannot fight what is indefensible.
The members of the board, including myself, did not know the extent of my brother's actions. I know him on a personal level better than anyone. It’s hard to describe how I feel that he took out the emptiness inside of him in so many sick and depraved ways. It's a sickness but not a sickness that is excusable. It's a sickness that's inexcusable. And I, as a brother, understood and was aware as a family member, that my brother needed help and that something was wrong...
This hurts, but I don't feel an ounce of remorse coming from him, and that kills me too. When I heard his written, lame excuse… Not an excuse. When I heard his admission of feeling remorse for the victims and then him cavalierly, almost crazily saying he was going to go out and take on the NRA, it was so disturbing to me. It was utter insanity. My daughters all felt sick hearing this because we understood he felt nothing. I don't feel he feels anything to this day. I don't.
He added, "Mira Sorvino came out and told her story [in The New Yorker]. I have been a personal friend of Mira for the last several years. We reconnected when I rented a house in Malibu. Mira, her husband and her kids have come over and spent many hours together with us. [But] she never told me. And now I literally was texting with her, and she said, 'Are you mad at me?' And I said, 'Mad at you? I'm so proud of you, but I feel sick that you had to hold that kind of thing in.'"
On Saturday, British actress Lysette Anthony accused Weinstein of raping her in her London home in the 1980s. She had alluded to the incident last week in some of her Tweets:
— lysette anthony (@chezLysette) October 11, 2017