Bob Weinstein, brother to embattled Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, hopes his brother gets the totality of the "justice" he has coming his way.
Bob spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in his first interview since the sexual harassment allegations against his brother blew up earlier this month. His brother is accused of sexual harassment, assault and even rape. Dozens of women have come forward. The allegations stretch back for decades.
What did he say?
- "I find myself in a waking nightmare. My brother has caused unconscionable suffering. As a father of three girls, I say this with every bone in my body — I am heartbroken for the women that he has harmed."
- "I know him on a personal level better than anyone. It’s hard to describe how I feel that he took out the emptiness inside of him in so many sick and depraved ways. It's a sickness but not a sickness that is excusable. It's a sickness that's inexcusable."
- "I don't feel an ounce of remorse coming from him, and that kills me, too. When I heard his written, lame excuse… Not an excuse."
Bob explained that he and the leaders in The Weinstein Company did not know about Harvey's actions. Bob emphasized that fact in the interview.
When asked how he didn't know the extent of his brother's actions, Bob explained that he's rarely talked to his brother over the last 5-10 years. Bob, however, said the full extend of justice should rain down on his brother. He also said that he was once the victim of his brother's physical abuse.
So far, multiple legal jurisdictions have announced criminal investigations into Harvey's actions. The Academy also unanimously revoked Harvey's membership. Harvey was also fired from his company, and Bob said he is working to remove Harvey from the company's ownership. Bob and Harvey each own about 20 percent of the company.
Bob also explained that they will rename The Weinstein Company, and that the company is in a good financial position. Many members of the movie industry have reached out to Bob to express their support for him, he told The Hollywood Reporter.
Will Bob cooperate with the criminal investigations against his brother?
Bob said: "A hundred percent, if it came to that. If I had anything to offer, I would. A hundred percent."
"I'm mortified and disgusted by my brother's actions. And I am sick for the victims. And I feel for them. I feel for them," he said.