Movie mogul Bob Weinstein allegedly helped his brother Harvey Weinstein pay $600,000 in hush money to women Weinstein sexually harassed — though he claimed last month to know nothing about the abuse.
A new report in The New Yorker claims Weinstein bullied Filipina-Italian model Amber Battilana Gutierrez into a non-disclosure agreement in 2015 after allegedly groping her breast and trying to feel up her skirt.
The model claims she took $1 million in hush money from the movie producer after his lawyers presented her with a confusing set of papers she was pressured into signing.
“I didn’t even understand almost what I was doing with all those papers. I was really disoriented. My English was very bad. All of the words in that agreement were super difficult to understand. I guess even now I can’t really comprehend everything.”
The model told The New Yorker that she saw Weinstein’s attorney shaking “and realized how big this was,” but that she felt pressured to earn financial support for her mother and brother, so she signed the documents and took the money, agreeing to never talk about the incident again.
“The moment I did it, I really felt it was wrong.”
The report also claims that Weinstein’s brother and co-founder of their company, Bob Weinstein, paid $600,000 in hush money to two female employees in England from his personal bank account in order to keep the allegations from Weinstein’s bosses and wife.
Bob told The New Yorker that he knew the money was going to women but didn’t realize it was to hush-up sexual harassment allegations.
“I only know what Harvey told me, and basically what he said was he was fooling around with two women and they were asking for money.”
As Page Six previously reported, Bob has previously spoken out about the allegations against his brother, saying that he knew Weinstein was cheating, but “did not know the extent of [his] brother’s actions.” The part he played in doling out hush money may indicate otherwise.
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