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Tuesday 16 January 2018

'Predator' Harvey should face justice, says brother

‘Arrogant’ Harvey Weinstein. Photo: Getty Images
‘Arrogant’ Harvey Weinstein. Photo: Getty Images

The brother of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein says he is in "a waking nightmare" and had no idea "the type of predator" his brother is accused of being.

"I want him to get the justice he deserves," said Bob Weinstein, co-founder of the brothers' company, which now finds itself in crisis.

Bob (62) operated in the shadow of his much more public and flamboyant older brother for more than 30 years as they partnered in Miramax and, more recently, The Weinstein Company.

However, in an interview published on Saturday by The Hollywood Reporter, he said he and Harvey (65) have barely spoken in five years.

The brothers ran separate divisions of their company, from opposite coasts - Bob in Los Angeles and Harvey in New York.

"The members of the board, including myself, did not know the extent of my brother's actions," Bob Weinstein said in the interview.

He said he knew his brother was unfaithful to wife Georgina Chapman, "philandering with every woman he could meet".

However, he insisted he had no idea his brother was allegedly committing acts of sexual harassment and assault.

Bully

"I'll tell you what I did know: Harvey was a bully, Harvey was arrogant, he treated people like crap all the time," Bob said.

"I'm mortified and disgusted by my brother's actions and I am sick for the victims and I feel for them."

In the latest development, British actress Lysette Anthony said she has told police that Harvey raped her in the 1980s.

Ms Anthony, who currently appears in the British soap Hollyoaks, said Weinstein attacked her after showing up at her London home. She said she was left feeling "disgusted and embarrassed".

It has been reported that UK police are investigating a rape allegation against the producer relating to an incident in the 1980s.

Last Wednesday, Ms Anthony tweeted: "Have just reported a historic crime. Feel sick. So sad."

Weinstein has denied any non-consensual sexual conduct with any women.

A week ago he was fired from The Weinstein Company, which will now undergo a name change.

Despite widespread predictions that the company will be forced to shut down or be sold, Bob Weinstein said: "There is a plan to come out on the other side."

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