Thursday, June 20, 2024

Bob Weinstein, Purveyor of Horror Films and Cheap Comedies, Accused of Sexual Harassment


You knew this day was coming.

Now Bob Weinstein, Harvey’s brother, the one who helped bring Harvey’s downfall and who acted like a poor, put up on victim, has been accused of sexual harassment.

While Bob and what’s left of the Miramax board were busy kicking Harvey off the Weinstein Company board, Bob was field accusations from the show runner of his just cancelled series “The Mist.”

According to Variety, Amanda Segel, an executive producer of “Mist,” said Weinstein repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and asked her to join him for private dinners.

Bert Fields, the 85 year Hollywood scare machine of a lawyer who used to represent Harvey, told Variety:  “Variety’s story about Bob Weinstein is riddled with false and misleading assertions by Ms. Segel and we have the emails to prove it, but even if you believe what she says it contains not a hint of any inappropriate touching or even any request for such touching,” Fields said. “There is no way in the world that Bob Weinstein is guilty of sexual harassment, and even if you believed what this person asserts there is no way it would amount to that.”

Well, if he had the emails, wouldn’t he have shown them to Variety and gotten it over with?

Bob Weinstein’s disloyalty to his brother isn’t playing as well as he thought. Even though Harvey has monstrous accusations against him, Bob can’t convince anyone he didn’t know what was going on. Now he’s about to try and sell the company to Colony Capital’s Tom Barrack, a major supporter of Donald Trump. What a travesty.

While Harvey made the Oscar movies, Bob made the shlock films like Scream, Scary Movie, and Teaching Mrs. Tingle. Bob had no taste, but he was said to be making the money that allowed the quality films to exist. Really.

Meantime, Amazon cut ties with Roy Price, their head of TV and son of former studio chief Frank Price. Roy — not Ray Price, the country singer — is accused of saying stupid, dirty, and illegal things to the showrunner daughter of famed sci fi writer Philip K. Dick.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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