Harvey Weinstein Resigns From Company; Brother Accused Of Harassment

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein resigned from the Weinstein Co. Board of Directors Tuesday as reports emerged of sexual harassment allegations against his brother and company co-founder Bob Weinstein.

Weinstein is in rehab in Arizona, but he reportedly phoned into the board meeting with the company he founded with his brother in 2005. Harvey owns 22 percent of the company’s stock, according to Variety.

The board had already fired Weinstein on Oct. 8, just days after the scandal surfaced. Bob Weinstein has insisted he had no idea the extent of his brother’s alleged predation and said he was “sickened” at his lack of remorse.

But according to Variety, a female showrunner on the Spike TV series “The Mist” alleged Bob Weinstein sexually harassed her during production of the Weinstein Co. drama.

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Executive producer Amanda Segel told Variety that Weinstein made repeated “romantic overtures” toward her, including alleged invitations to private dinners. After about three months of similar conduct in 2016, Segel threatened to leave the show if Weinstein continued to make such overtures, according to Variety.

An attorney for Bob Weinstein denied the allegations and said that his client never engaged in any inappropriate behavior with Segel.

“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,” lawyer Bret Fields said in a statement. “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.”

Dozens of women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and several have alleged rape. The long list of accusers includes Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosanna Arquette, Rose McGowan, and Kate Beckinsale. Actress Lauren Holly was the latest to come forward Monday, speaking on a Canadian talk show about an incident decades ago.

The scene Holly described is now familiar – a hotel room, a bathrobe, a request or offer for a massage, and a shocked and embarrassed woman.

“He dropped his robe, went into the bathroom in front of me and began to use the toilet, all the time talking,” she said. “Now at this point, my head’s exploding.”

Weinstein’s downfall has shaken the entertainment industry like an earthquake. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stripped him of his membership Saturday, and the Producers Guild followed suit, terminating his membership as well Monday.

SAG-AFTRA, which represents some 160,000 actors and media professionals, pledged to do more to ensure the safety of women in the industry, while UTA – one of Hollywood’s top agencies – wrote in a memo to employees that anyone who feels uncomfortable, threatened, or exposed, whether a client or employee, is safe to come forward.

The Writers Guild of America East promised full support to members who report harassment and assault, while Warner Bros. issued a statement that it is “committed to ensuring that our workplace is free from unlawful harassment and retaliation, including sexual harassment.”

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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