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Following the surfaced allegations of sexual harassment and assault by movie producer Harvey Weinstein in stories from The New York Times and The New Yorker, Harvey’s brother, Bob, finally made a public statement on Tuesday night.
TMZ reports that Harvey firmly believes Bob is the one that fed the New York Times information for its story.
“My brother Harvey is obviously a very sick man,” Bob told TMZ. “I’ve urged him to seek immediate professional help because he is in dire need of it. His remorse and apologies to the victims of his abuse are hollow. He said he would go away for help and has yet to do so.”
On Tuesday, People reported that Harvey’s wife, Georgina Chapman, is leaving him and that the disgraced movie mogul is flying to Europe to seek treatment for sex addiction.
“He has proven himself to be a world class liar and now rather than seeking help he is looking to blame others,” Bob went on to tell TMZ. “His assertion [that Bob set him up] is categorically untrue from A to Z. I pray he gets the help that he needs and I believe that it is him behind all of these stories to distract from his own failure to get help.”
Bob and Harvey Weinstein became the kings of the independent film world in the 1990s when they founded the company Miramax, which launched the careers of Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino, and Kevin Smith. The brothers went on to release a string of Oscar nominated and winning movies. The success led to the company being bought by Disney. In 2005, the brothers left the company and began The Weinstein Company.