Harvey Weinstein's brother says he is 'sickened' by apparent lack of remorse over sexual assault allegations

Bob Weinstein calls disgraced film mogul ‘depraved’ and says he did not know the extent of his brother’s actions

Roisin O'Connor
Sunday 15 October 2017 09:45
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Harvey Weinstein's brother Bob has said he wants him to get “the justice that he deserves” following three allegations of rape and accusations of sexual harassment or assault by more than two dozen women in Hollywood.

The disgraced film mogul, who was just expelled from the Oscars Academy, has apologised for having “caused a lot of pain” but has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. It is believed he is currently in Arizona receiving “treatment” related to his behaviour.

Bob Weinstein, 62, has insisted he had no idea about “the type of predator that he was” and has said he is sickened by Harvey’s seeming lack of remorse.

“I want him to get the justice that he deserves,“ he told The Hollywood Reporter, calling his older brother ”sick and depraved“.

Harvey Weinstein was fired from the company he co-founded with his younger brother in 2005 in the wake of dozens of allegations about his behaviour.

“I find myself in a waking nightmare. My brother has caused unconscionable suffering,” Bob Weinstein said.

“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.”

He went on to claim that he also suffered verbal abuse - at one time physical - by his older brother, noting that he was “not looking for one bit of sympathy... I do not put myself in the category of all those women that he hurt”.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences convened an emergency meeting over the weekend about how to deal with the ongoing scandal.

Dozens of women, including actresses Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow, have gone public with accusations against Harvey Weinstein following recent reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker detailing allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment. Police forces in the UK and US have announced they are investigating allegations made against him.

The 54-member board of the Academy said in a statement that it had “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” to expel the 65-year-old.

"We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” the statement added.

"What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society."

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