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Book: Allred's Daughter Wanted to Smear Weinstein Accusers

And Bob Weinstein told his brother that his 'misbehavior' 'brought shame' on the family
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2019 5:10 AM CDT
Updated Sep 9, 2019 6:45 AM CDT
Attorney Lisa Bloom talks with the media during a break in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, Thursday, April 12, 2018.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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(Newser) – Harvey Weinstein's brother knew about his "misbehavior" and urged him to get help two years before the movie mogul's downfall, according to a new book from two New York Times journalists who helped expose Weinstein's sexual misconduct. "You have brought shame to the family and your company through your misbehavior," Bob Weinstein wrote in a memo published in She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement. "Your reaction was once more to blame the victims, or to minimize the misbehavior in various ways. If you think nothing is wrong with your misbehavior so in this area then announce it to your wife and family." Bob Weinstein, his brother's business partner in Miramax and The Weinstein Company, told authors Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey that he saw his brother's problem as sex addiction and was eventually "worn out" by his efforts to intervene, Variety reports

The book discloses that former Weinstein Company accountant Irwin Reiter helped the journalists expose Weinstein's behavior toward women after raising concerns within the company had no effect, the New York Times reports. It also reveals that victims' rights advocate Lisa Bloom worked with Weinstein to try to discredit Rose McGowan, one of the first accusers to go public. "I feel equipped to help you against the Roses of the world, because I have represented so many of them," Bloom, who charged Weinstein $895 per hour, wrote in a December 2016 memo. Bloom outlined ways to damage McGowan's reputation, suggesting: "We can place an article re her becoming increasingly unglued, so that when someone Googles her this is what pops up and she's discredited." McGowan said Sunday that the email is "staggering" and she thinks Bloom should be disbarred. (Read more Harvey Weinstein stories.)

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