When the allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape against Harvey Weinstein burst into the public sphere last month, Bob Weinstein said that he was unaware of his brother's harmful behavior. "I thought he was literally just going out there cheating in a pervasive way," he told The Hollywood Reporter at the time. "No way. No F-in' way was I aware that that was the type of predator that he was. And the way he convinced people to do things? I thought they were all consensual situations."
However, a new expose from The New Yorker by Ronan Farrow details that some of the payments underwriting Harvey Weinstein's settlements with accusers came from Bob's personal bank account, to hide the move from Miramax and Disney. For example, a 1990s case involving Harvey's former assistant Zelda Perkins saw Bob pay 250,000 pounds — approximately six hundred thousand dollars today — to be split between two female employees in England who accused Harvey of sexual harassment and assault.
Bob Weinstein has acknowledged the personal payout to The New Yorker, but noted that he was misled about how the money was being handled (even though the allegations were reported to Miramax). “Regarding that payment, I only know what Harvey told me, and basically what he said was he was fooling around with two women and they were asking for money,” he explained. “And he didn’t want his wife to find out, so he asked me if I could write a check, and so I did, but there was nothing to indicate any kind of sexual harassment.”
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Bob Weinstein (L) and his brother Harvey Weinstein, the founders of The Weinstein Co., an independent motion picture studio, pose at the premiere of their studio's film "1408" in Los Angeles, California June 12, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
LOS ANGELES, CA- 081009- Brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, outside the Mann Chinese Theater after the red carpet opening of the movie 'inglorious Basterds' Photo by J. Emilio Flores/CORBIS (Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Producer Bob Weinstein and producer Harvey Weinstein attends the New York premiere of Dimension Films' 'The Road' at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas on November 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for Dimension Films)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein attend Bing Presents 'The Details' Official Cast Dinner and After-Party on January 24, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Bing)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 24: Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein attend A Celebration for the Launch of THE FOX BUSINESS NETWORK at Temple of Dendur on October 24, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by JIMI CELESTE/patrickmcmullan.com/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Producer Bob Weinstein and Producer Harvey Weinstein (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage)
Robert Rodriguez, Harvey Weinstein, Quentin Tarantino and Bob Weinstein (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 26: Producer Harvey Weinstein, actress Rosario Dawson, and producer Bob Weinstein arrive to the premiere of 'Grindhouse' at the Orpheum Theatre on March 26, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Harvey Weinstein, John Antioco and Bob Weinstien attend A Special Screening of The Weinstein Company's 'Bobby' at Le Cirque on November 14, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Ford/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein, John Antioco, Chairman and CEO of Blockbuster Video, and Bob Weinstein (Photo by G. Gershoff/WireImage for The Weinstein Company)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 23: Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein attend Bob and Harvey Weinstein honor Lee Scott of WAL-MART with a special performance by THE EAGLES at The Rainbow Room on October 23, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan.com/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JUNE 4: Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein attend A Sunday with the New York Times Magazine: How We Are Entertained with Bob and Harvey Weinstein at City University of New York on June 4, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Rudd, Matt Carasella & Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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The report also outlines Harvey Weinstein's pervasive use of lifetime nondisclosure agreements — as detailed with Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez and former assistant Perkins, who both spoke to Farrow in violation of their NDAs — and also highlights how the use of such agreements perpetuates the behavior of repeat offenders while silenced victims are left to suffer. For example, Rose McGowan, who has publicly claimed that Weinstein raped her in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival, reached a hundred-thousand-dollar settlement with Weinstein. It did not include a nondisclosure provision, but removed her right to sue Weinstein. She told The New Yorker that though she wanted to pursue charges at the time, her lawyer instead convinced her to sign the agreement. “That was very painful. ... I thought a hundred thousand dollars was a lot of money at the time, because I was a kid.”
Farrow's piece also notes how Harvey Weinstein's attorneys hired the private intelligence firm K2 to insure Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance did not press charges against Weinstein regarding Gutierrez's case in 2015. It also points to the tens of thousands of dollars in donations made by the producer's legal team to Vance's campaign's before and after his decision not to press charges.
It also includes the participation of Irwin Reiter, a longtime employee of Weinstein's and the current svp, accounting of The Weinstein Co. Reiter said he spoke out to combat the company's culture of silence: “[Weinstein] was so dominant that I think a lot of people were afraid of him, afraid to confront him, or question him, and that was the environment,” he said. “A forever N.D.A. should not be legal. ... People should not be made to live with that. He’s created so many victims that have been burdened for so many years, and it’s just not right.”
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein:
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Paz de la Huerta, who stars on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire,' claims Harvey Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions in 2010: "I was in no state. I was so terrified of him," she told Vanity Fair. "I did say no, and when he was on top of me, I said, 'I don't want to do this' ... It was disgusting. He's like a pig."
British actress Lysette Anthony has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in her home in the late 1980s.
Amber Anderson said Harvey Weinstein 'behaved inappropriately' and bragged about other actresses he had 'helped' in exchange for sexual favors.
Natassia Malthe has accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room. On a separate occasion, after she was assured that Weinstein would not come onto her, she was allegedly escorted to Weinstein's hotel room by an assistant. In the room was another woman, who performed oral sex on Weinstein whil he asked Malthe to join.
Lupita Nyong'o wrote a detailed essay for the New York Times recounting multiple incidents with Weinstein, including an evening during which he asked her to give him a nude massage while his family was in the same home.
Marisa Coughlan said that she planned to meet Weinstein for a meeting at his hotel. Instead, he requested a massage.
Heather Graham said Weinstein told her he had an agreement with his wife that allowed him to sleep with whomever he wants. He then asked him to meet her to discuss a film project at his hotel, falsely telling her that her friend would also be present. She declined.
French actress Judith Godreche has accused Weinstein of inappropriately pressing up against her, trying to remove her sweater and asking for a massage.
Lauren Holly said that during a seemingly normal meeting with Weinstein to discuss a project, he began disrobing, got into the shower, and went to the bathroom while continuing to converse with her. He then allegedly asked her for a massage. She fled.
Angie Everhart said that she was sleeping in her own cabin on a yacht when Harvey Weinstein entered, blocked the door and began masturbating. He told her not to tell anyone, but she "told everyone," including many actors and producers. In response, most told her that it was just Harvey being Harvey. In an interview with TMZ, she emphasized that anyone in the industry who knew Harvey at all knew that he regularly did things like what he allegedly did to her.
Kate Beckinsale has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in his hotel room when she was 17 years old.
Tara Subkoff said that in the 1990s, on the same day that she was offered a major movie role, she met Harvey Weinstein at a party. He allegedly made her sit on his lap while he had an erection. He then told her that if he did not do certain sexual things, she would not get the role that she'd already been offered. She declined. Afterward, she said, her "reputation was ruined by false gossip" and she found it near impossible to book roles.
Minka Kelly said that Harvey Weinstein offered her a lavish lifestyle in exchange for being his extramarital girlfriend. She declined.
Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage in his hotel suite. After she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, Pitt confronted him, leading Weinstein to contact Paltrow and "scream" at her, she said.
Asia Argento has accused Weinstein of raping her in his hotel room when she was 21. She first reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her. During subsequent encounters, she had consensual sexual relations with him due to fear that he would otherwise ruin her career.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. In October 2016, she tweeted reference to a studio head raping her. In October 2017, in a tweet to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan referred to Weinstein by name while repeating her rape accusation. The alleged incident took place in the 1990s and resulted in a financial settlement.
Cara Delevingne has accused Harvey Weinstein of attempting to coerce her into kissing another woman in his hotel room. She had just begun her acting career and believed they were meeting just to finalize talks for a film role.
Angelina Jolie said she had a "bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth" and refused to work with him subsequently.
Jessica Barth has accused Harvey Weinstein of demanding that she get naked and give him a massage.
Emma de Caunes has accused Harvey Weinstein of unexpectedly getting naked and demanding that she lie down as other women had supposedly done before her.
Lauren Sivan has accused Harvey Weinstein of cornering her in a public space and masturbating to completion in front of her.
Mira Sorvino, seen here at a Weinstein Co. event in January 2017, said that after refusing Harvey Weinstein's advances, he dissuaded others in the industry from hiring her.
Ambra Battilana has accused Harvey Weinstein of groping her breasts and reaching under her skirt. She went to the NYPD and then conducted a sting operation, the audio of which was published by the New Yorker. In the audio, Weinstein can be heard attempting to coerce her to enter his hotel room.
Louisette Geiss has accused Harvey Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room after assuring her he wouldn't hit on her. He then disrobed and repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, telling her he would produce her screenplay if she did.
Emily Nestor (far right), a former Weinstein Co. employee, has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Rosanna Arquette has accused Harvey Weinstein of dissuading others from hiring her after she rejected his sexual advances.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. She has also accused others in the industry of knowing of Weinstein's misconduct and either actively or passively hiding it.
Ashley Judd has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of asking her for a massage and then asking her to watch him shower.
Florence Darel has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in a hotel suite in 1996 while his wife was in the room next door.
Zoe Brock (left, in 2004) has accused Weinstein of getting naked and chasing her around a hotel room after she refused to give him a massage.
Katherine Kendall (right, in 2006) has accused Harvey Weinstein of disrobing and asking for a massage in his apartment after a movie screening, telling her that "everybody does it." He then asked her to at least show him her breasts, which she refused.
Romola Garai has accused Harvey Weinstein of making her feel "violated" when he watched her audition wearing only a bathrobe in his hotel room.
Lea Seydoux has accused Harvey Weinstein of forcibly trying to kiss her on the lips in 2012.
Claire Forlani said she "escaped" Harvey Weinstein on five occasions. He allegedly told her about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had in turn established their careers. He also attempted to get her to give him a massage.