Harvey Weinstein is a predator, says brother
HARVEY Weinstein's brother Bob has said he wants him to get "the justice that he deserves” following allegations of rape and accusations of sexual harassment or assault by more than two dozen women in Hollywood and five in Britain.
The disgraced film mogul, expelled from the Oscars Academy on the weekend, has apologised for having "caused a lot of pain” but denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Bob Weinstein, 62, insisted he had no idea about "the type of predator” his brother was and said he was 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”.
In the wake of dozens of allegations about his behaviour, Harvey Weinstein, 65, was fired from the company he co-founded with his younger brother in 2005.
"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.”
Dozens of women, including actresses Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow, have gone public with accusations against Harvey Weinstein.
Police forces in the UK and US are investigating allegations made against him.
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”.
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 wilful 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.”
- Roisin O'Connor, The Independent