Movie executive Bob Weinstein — the cofounder of The Weinstein Company with his brother Harvey, who was recently fired following sexual harassment and assault accusations — is being accused of sexual harassment by a TV show executive producer.
Amanda Segel, an executive producer on “The Mist,” said that Weinstein repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and invited her to private dinners with him, according to Variety.
The alleged harassment began in the summer of 2016 and went on for about three months, according to the trade.
“‘No’ should be enough,” Segel told Variety. “After ‘no,’ anybody who has asked you out should just move on. Bob kept referring to me that he wanted to have a friendship. He didn’t want a friendship. He wanted more than that. My hope is that ‘no’ is enough from now on.”
Segel told Variety that Weinstein’s advances began when he invited her out to dinner in June of 2016. Segel had been told by coworkers that Weinstein asked if she was single, she said. Segel said she agreed to go to dinner with him to build a professional relationship, as “The Mist” was being made through Dimension, the genre arm of The Weinstein Company that Bob oversees.
During the dinner, Weinstein “asked Segel highly intimate questions and made romantic overtures to her,” according to Variety. Then, partway through the dinner, Segel says Weinstein asked if she would take him back to the hotel so he could relieve his driver, and she agreed. When she took him to his hotel, he asked her to come up to his room, Segel said, but she declined.
Weinstein followed that up with emails “outside the scope of work,” according to Variety, and he also invited her to his rented house in Malibu for a party. After asking for directions to the house, Segel said she suspected that there was no party and that she would be alone with Weinstein.
After having another dinner with Segel, in which she brought along “The Mist” executive producer and writer Christian Torpe, Weinstein stopped contacting her, Segel told Variety. However, during a conference call with network executives, Segel alleges that Weinstein got angry at her and screamed at her on the call. When asked about the interaction by others on the call, Segel reportedly told them she had been sexually harassed by Weinstein for three months.
After that Segel, her lawyer, and The Weinstein Company executives talked and came to an agreement that Segel would continue to work on the show, but she and Weinstein would never meet together in the same room or talk on the phone, according to Variety. Weinstein honored that agreement, Segel said.
Business Insider contacted The Weinstein Company for comment but did not get an immediate response. A representative of Weinstein issued a statement to Variety stating Bob Weinstein denied any inappropriate behaviour towards Segel. “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in LA in June 2016. He denies any claims that he behaved inappropriately at or after the dinner. It is most unfortunate that any such claim has been made,” the statement said.
Bob Weinstein’s lawyer, Bert Fields, wrote the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter about Segel’s accusations: “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,” he 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.”
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which stories in The New York Times and The New Yorker accuse the movie executive of sexually harassing and assaulting women over decades, Bob has taken over The Weinstein Company and has said his brother is “a very sick man” and “world class liar.”
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