Spike network is investigating reports of sexual harassment by the brother of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein against the female show runner of a series produced by The Weinstein Company and aired on Spike.
Amanda Segel, a former executive producer of the sci-fi series The Mist, claims Bob Weinstein made repeated overtures to her that included invitations to dinner, to his home and to a hotel room, according to a story published Tuesday by Variety.
“We take all allegations of this nature very seriously, and are investigating,” Spike said in a statement.
Segel says the propositions began in June 2016 and were put to a stop a few months later only after Segel’s lawyer gave Weinstein Co. executives an ultimatum that Segel would leave the show if Weinstein persisted. An arrangement reportedly was struck that restricted Weinstein’s contact with Segel while she was doing her job. The Mist was recently cancelled after a 10-episode first season. Bert Fields, an attorney for Weinstein, strongly refuted the allegations.
“Variety’s story is riddled with false and misleading assertions by Miss Segel,” Fields said. “Even if you believed anything that she said, it contains not a hint of any inappropriate touching, or even a request for such touching.” “I’ve known Bob Weinstein for many years,” Fields added, “and he’s the last guy that would be involved in any form of sexual harassment.”