As the fallout from the tsunami of sexual harassment and assault accusations against Harvey Weinstein continues, the disgraced movie mogul’s brother and business partner Bob Weinstein now finds himself ensnared in the ever-widening scandal. On Tuesday, a top executive for a TV series produced by The Weinstein Company came forward with accusations of sexual harassment against Bob Weinstein. In an interview with Variety, Amanda Segel, an executive producer for the Spike TV series Mist, accused Bob of subjecting her to unwanted romantic advances on and off for a period of about three months last year. Segel said Bob repeatedly asked her out for dinner dates and made other advances, including inquiring with her co-workers about whether Segel was single. The harassment began in the summer of 2016, Segel said, and ended when her attorney told The Weinstein Company she would leave the show if the harassment didn’t stop.
Segel said she agreed to have dinner with him to establish a professional relationship. But later in the evening, Bob invited her up to his hotel room and she declined. After that encounter, Segel said, Bob peppered her with emails and talked about being friends with her, though she advised him that they could not have a romantic relationship.
“‘No’ should be enough,” Segel told Variety. “After ‘no,’ anybody who has asked you out should just move on. Bob kept referring to me that he wanted to have a friendship. He didn’t want a friendship. He wanted more than that. My hope is that ‘no’ is enough from now on.”
Through a representative, Bob denied the allegations. In a statement given to Variety, the representative said, “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in L.A. in June 2016. He denies any claims that he behaved inappropriately at or after the dinner. It is most unfortunate that any such claim has been made.” The representative disputed the claim that The Weinstein Company had been contacted by Segel’s attorney.
Bob has spoken out against his brother in recent days. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bob described Harvey’s alleged behavior as “depraved” and added, “I want him to get the justice that he deserves.”
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