Report: Harvey Weinstein's Brother Was 'Abusive,' 'Bully'

The lower-profile Weinstein brother was the problem one, says ex-Disney chief
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2017 6:03 AM CDT
Bob Weinstein Called 'Abusive,' 'Bully'
File photos of Bob Weinstein, right, and Harvey Weinstein, left. Former employees and colleagues say Bob Weinstein was "abusive" to employees.   (AP Photo/File)

Bob Weinstein called older brother Harvey Weinstein's alleged misbehavior "sick and depraved," but the spotlight is now turning to the younger brother. After allegations by a producer that Bob Weinstein sexually harassed her, the Wall Street Journal reports that former employees and colleagues describe the lower-profile Weinstein as a volatile bully. "Bob didn’t yell the way Harvey did," says former Weinstein Co. exec Brendan Deneen. "He was more snarky and cutting." A former assistant says Bob Weinstein could be "a really funny guy … but he was really socially awkward. The way he dealt with it was by just being a bully." Former Disney chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, who worked with the duo when they ran Miramax, says Bob was the one who "was genuinely abusive to people in my company."

An executive with Dimension Films, an offshoot label run by Bob Weinstein, says when he tried to introduce his wife to his boss at a 2000 movie premiere, Weinstein shoved her back as he hurried to greet the film's stars. Another assistant recounts being fired after he booked a driver for Weinstein who got lost. (He was later rehired.) Bob Weinstein, 62, tells the Journal: "At times I have a temper, but I would not describe it as volatile, and I’m definitely not a bully." The paper tracks the brothers' often-rocky relationship, including a public spat in 2011 in which Harvey punched Bob in the face and the latter threatened to press charges. But as talks proceed on selling all or part of the Weinstein Co., the unwelcome attention doesn't bode well for Bob Weinstein's prospects of staying on, which sources say is unlikely. He may remain on top at Dimension, which has had only one major hit since 2010. (More Bob Weinstein stories.)

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