Women, men, and potted plants of The Weinstein Company can breathe a sigh of relief. TMZ says that The Weinstein Company held a meeting this morning to discuss what to do about Cain and Abel this morning. Co-founder Harvey Weinstein is officially off the board of directors and out the door. And according to TMZ, his dear brother Bob Weinstein isn’t too far behind.
Harvey was fired last week, but TWC has a 5-day “cooling off” period in which the board makes permanent decision. Harvey was still technically on the board of directors as well. A source tells TMZ that Harvey’s contract states that once the board has ratified his firing, he must resign or they can remove him. TMZ says he chose to resign. Sources say that Harvey called in during the meeting from sex rehab in Arizona and was “apologetic and contrite.”
Harvey Weinstein told the board, “I have a real problem,” and then apologized for the “trouble and confusion” he caused TWC. [Harvey] told the board he needed to build a new life and move on.
Harvey may not go quietly. His attorney Patty Glaser, who was at the meeting, has made it clear that she doesn’t think Harvey’s contract with TWC gives them the right to fire him. What? He was fired after decades of sexual abuse allegations were brought to light. The only contract in which that behavior wouldn’t be a fireable offense is one drafted up by Satan. And even he might say, “I don’t know, this is pretty fucking evil.”
However, the current board of directors of TWC aren’t afraid if this goes to arbitration. Sources say they feel their case is as “airtight” as the lips of Harvey’s co-workers for all those years.
But what about Bob? The last we checked, there was speculation that Harvey’s brother Bob was hoping to change the name of The Weinstein Company. That’s probably not going to be his choice. Sources tell TMZ that Colony Capital is negotiating to buy TWC and overhaul it by changing the name and focusing on television instead of film. One of Colony’s rumored big plans is to demote Bob by letting him run Dimension Films, which is owned by TWC. Bob is a major shareholder, so they can’t get rid of him completely. Instead, they want to make sure Bob’s not involved in running TWC in any way, and for him to “go gently.”
TMZ says that if Colony Capital doesn’t buy TWC, then TWC will most likely be done for good.
If you’re wondering why Colony Capital wouldn’t want anything to do with Harvey’s brother Bob, it might be because Harvey’s not the only creep in the family. “DUH” screamed Rose McGowan.
According to Variety, Bob has been accused of sexually harassing Amanda Segel, a producer on the Spike TV series The Mist. Amanda claims Bob repeatedly asked her out to dinner over a period of three months, which she said no to. But no didn’t mean no to Bob, and he kept asking. She agreed to one dinner, and it definitely wasn’t a work kind. He asked her a series of intimate questions as well as her age (he said he didn’t want to date someone younger than his daughter). After dinner, he allegedly asked her up to his hotel room.
Amanda claims she made it clear she didn’t want to date Bob, but he kept asking, allegedly going so far as to jokingly threaten to have her fired from her job if she said no. Amanda says she eventually had to get a lawyer involved, and the date requests stopped. A lawyer for Bob responded to Amanda’s claims with the following statement:
“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. 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.”
That’s such an ultimate villain response. It’s a good thing Bob is reportedly getting moved to Dimension Films. I always associate Dimension’s logo with Ghostface from the Scream movies. Ghostface has got to be getting up there in age. Maybe he can retire and let Bob be Dimension’s unofficial scary mascot.