In an almost unprecedented decision, the Academy voted on Saturday to expel Harvey Weinstein. Now many are wondering how much his brother, Bob, knew all these years and whether the company should be held accountable, as well.
One thing is certain: Bob Weinstein is forcefully distancing himself from his brother. He even wanted The Academy to expel Harvey.
"I find myself in a waking nightmare," Bob told The Hollywood Reporter. "My brother has caused unconscionable suffering. As a father of three girls I say this with every bone in my body — I am heartbroken for the women that he has harmed. I'm a fighter. For my entire adult life, I fought for the films I want to see the light of day. I have fought for my employees, who have dedicated their lives to achieving the vision of this company that me and my brother founded. But I cannot fight what is indefensible."
Bob and Harvey Weinstein co-founded The Weinstein Company in 2005. But Bob had mostly stayed out of the limelight even while helming Dimension, the genre division of the brand.
Bob and chief operating officer David Glasser have now temporarily taken over the company after Harvey resigned in disgrace. And Bob is insisting he didn't know anything about his brother's misdeeds.
Bob continued, "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."
Bob alleged that his employees had no idea about Harvey Weinstein's antics. "We had an employee meeting the other day, all 180 of the employees," Bob said. "And me and David Glasser addressed them all. Talk about emotions cascading. These innocent people are hurt, so many of them not knowing anything about my brother's behavior."
Still, many insiders believe Bob Weinstein wasn't totally oblivious. It's possible he knew some of the stories about his brother but not the extent of Harvey's actions. Bob even admitted that he had heard rumors about Harvey cheating on his wife, Georgina Chapman.
"I actually was quite aware that Harvey was philandering with every woman he could meet," Bob Weinstein continued. "I was sick and disgusted by his actions. But that's the extent of what [I knew]. I said, 'Harvey, you're just cheating. Why do you constantly cheat?' I could see it. But I wasn't in the room with him."
That's partly because, according to Bob, the two brothers barely interacted with each other, even as they ran the same business. "For the last five years, I've probably talked to my brother ten times on any personal level," Bob said. "That's the fracture that's gone on. Since Dimension started, we ran two separate companies. So many of the people that he does business with — actors, actresses — I've never even met and they know it. I wanted to lead a separate existence. So we were leading two separate divisions."
But some are wondering if Bob knew more about Harvey than he is letting on. Even Harvey reportedly thinks Bob knew all along.
TMZ reported that seven months ago Bob received a file with some of the allegations against Harvey. According to the website, Harvey believes Bob leaked the file to the Times in an attempt to remove Harvey from power. "Harvey is convinced that this was a takedown," a longtime friend of Harvey's told CNN. "He feels betrayed by his brother."
Harvey insists this isn't true. His rep told TMZ, "No matter what derogatory things Bob Weinstein says about his brother, Harvey Weinstein believes his brother is his brother and does not believe his brother would leak his personnel file to the NYT."
Either way, it does seem that there is no love lost between the brothers. Bob repeatedly slammed his brother's antics in the THR interview. "This hurts, but I don't feel an ounce of remorse coming from him, and that kills me too," Bob Weinstein added. "When I heard his written, lame excuse… Not an excuse. When I heard his admission of feeling remorse for the victims and then him cavalierly, almost crazily saying he was going to go out and take on the NRA, it was so disturbing to me. It was utter insanity. My daughters all felt sick hearing this because we understood he felt nothing. I don't feel he feels anything to this day. I don't."
"I'll tell you what I did know," Bob added. "Harvey was a bully, Harvey was arrogant, he treated people like s--t all the time. That I knew. And I had to clean up for so many of his employee messes."
Now Bob Weinstein is left to pick up the pieces. And he's doing what he can to save the company. "All I'm trying to do right now is go forward, figure out a plan, me and David Glasser and the board members have an idea of what we'd like to do, that we think would be the responsible thing to do for all the critics, rightfully so, with regards to the TWC side and yet for people to keep their jobs," he concluded. "And the pieces of the business that still can be resurrected and continue, we think that they should."
Still, it's unclear if Bob can succeed in this goal. The Wall Street Journal reported that the company will likely be sold off, though Bob insists that is not the case. "Our banks, partners and shareholders are fully supportive of our company and it is untrue that the company or board is exploring a sale or shutdown of the company," Bob Weinstein said in a statement.
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