Bob Weinstein, the brother and former business partner of Harvey Weinstein, has been accused of sexual harassment by a television showrunner.
Amanda Segel, who executive produced Spike TV drama The Mist, alleges Weinstein acted inappropriately towards her for several months last year.
Variety reports Segel attended a dinner with Weinstein in June 2016, in an attempt to build professional rapport with The Weinstein Company, who backed the show.
Segel states Weinstein made romantic comments towards her and enquired about her age, as he refused to date anyone younger than his daughter. Weinstein also allegedly invited Segel into his hotel room. She turned down the offer.
Segel states he continued to send her emails suggesting a friendly relationship between the two. She agreed, but reiterated that such a relationship would have to be non-romantic.
What followed, says Segel, was more invitations to meet, including another dinner. She accepted the invitation but brought along another male colleague, which reportedly upset Weinstein.
Segel also states Weinstein invited her to his house under the pretense of a party, which she later found wasn’t happening. She turned down that offer.
Weinstein periodically ‘joked’ that he could fire her should she turn down his invitations, Segel states.
Variety reports the pressure was only dropped when Segel’s lawyers informed The Weinstein Company she’d leave The Mist if Weinstein’s conduct didn’t change, and that Segel agreed to stay on the show as long as she wasn’t required to be in the same room as Weinstein or be in telephone contact with him.
“After ‘no,’ anybody who has asked you out should just move on,” Segel told the publication.
“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.”
In response, a representative for Weinstein said “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in LA 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.”
A representative of The Weinstein Company also denies Segel’s lawyer contacted their Chief Operating Officer David Glasser.
Segel’s statement comes just days after Harvey Weinstein was ejected from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over his misconduct. Police in London and New York City are also investigating the producer.