Harvey Weinstein was trying to raise $25 million from Netflix in an attempt to save himself from his own sex scandal in the weeks before it broke in the media.
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was trying to raise $25 million from Netflix in an attempt to save himself from his own sex scandal in the weeks before it broke in the media, Six-Page has exclusively learned.
Weinstein, who is aware that both the New York Times and Ronan Farrow were working on stories detailing his alleged sexual harassment and abuse of actresses and female workers, approached Netflix, searching for “emergency cash” — afterwards, possibly in “hush money” to save his own skin — but without revealing the exact reason for his need for a financial lifeline. Other Hollywood insiders said Weinstein was looking to sell the rights to a portion of its movie catalog in exchange for around $25 million.
While Weinstein had enjoyed a cosy relationship with the streaming service for his scandal broke — Netflix put Weinstein’s UK import “Peaky Blinders” and one of the most expensive shows in Netflix history, “Marco Polo” — he refused a deal by Netflix execs.
A source told Page Six, “it is Clear that Harvey does not go to the Netflix he says ‘hush money.’ He put it in a business context, saying he was looking to sell the rights to parts of his catalogue. But they were wise to refuse.” As revealed by Farrow, Weinstein is believed to have spent a fortune on lawyers and Mossad-trained researchers in a failed attempt to discredit his accusers. A second source added, “It wasn’t just Netflix that Harvey went for the money, it was a number of different companies.” It is not known whether he would have sought the approval of the Weinstein Co. board of directors in anticipation of this move.
The Post exclusively revealed that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is looking into whether Weinstein paid hush money to his accusers with money embezzled from the Weinstein Co. — who fired him in October, or his former company Miramax to buy his accusers’ silence.
When asked about his Netflix request, representatives of Weinstein said, “False. Nonsense.” Netflix has downplayed her relationship with Weinstein — declined to comment.
This story originally appeared on Page Six.