Lights, Camera, Arrest

Harvey Weinstein was reportedly ‘in a panic’ before NYT story broke


In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein participates in the "War and Peace" panel at the A&E 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. Weinstein is on indefinite leave from his film company pending an internal investigation into sexual harassment claims leveled against the Oscar winner. The decision was announced by The Weinstein Co.'s board of directors. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein participates in the “War and Peace” panel at the A&E 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. Weinstein is on indefinite leave from his film company pending an internal investigation into sexual harassment claims leveled against the Oscar winner. The decision was announced by The Weinstein Co.’s board of directors. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Harvey Weinstein was reportedly freaking out in the hours before the New York Times story broke about his alleged sexual misconduct.

“He was in a panic,” recalled Pamela Lubell, a former producer who worked for Weinstein during his Miramax days and was enlisted by him to keep tabs on his possible accusers.

“He starts screaming, ‘Get so-and-so on the phone.’”

Speaking to investigative journalist Ronan Farrow, Lubell described how she and Weinstein’s former lawyer, Lisa Bloom, were tasked with responding to the explosive Times piece, which outlined numerous allegations of sexual harassment and was published on Oct. 5.

The story still hadn’t posted yet when Weinstein reportedly began scrambling for any evidence he could find that may prove his innocence — including photos showing him being friendly with some of his accusers.

“He was screaming at us, ‘Send these to the board members,’” Lubell said.

Farrow detailed Weinstein’s behavior in a new bombshell report in the New Yorker, which was published online Monday.

Lubell told him that she and another woman, Denise Doyle Chambers, had been ordered by Weinstein to reach out to former employees and actresses who may have been mistreated.

“Pam … write down all the employees that you know, and can you get in touch with them?” Lubell remembered him saying.

At the time, Weinstein tried to act like the calls were being made for a book that he was developing about Miramax, but he reportedly changed his tune and later claimed that the project was “on hold.”

“Call some of your friends from the list and see if they got calls from the press,” he asked Lubell, according to Farrow.

She and Chambers reportedly started making the rounds in early September.

Lubell told Farrow that when everything was going on, she never actually perceived Weinstein as a “predator” — but rather a “bully and a cheater.”

BY: CHRIS PEREZ

Source: NY Post

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