British film producer Alison Owen, who has worked with Weinstein on five movies including the upcoming Tulip Fever, said he could be a “sleazeball” at times.
Ms Owen told BBC Radio 4’s PM: “Harvey is one of the old-style film moguls. When he was good he was very, very good and when he is bad he is horrid.
“He can be fun and gregarious and generous. He can also be a bully, a nightmare and – as has been proved this last week – he was more than that in terms of the allegations of sexual abuse from lots of young women.”
She added: “I had a couple of experiences where he proved himself to be a bit of a sleazeball. That was no surprise – that was his reputation in the industry.”
Ms Owen recalled an occasion when she was alone in a screening theatre with Weinstein to watch an early cut of Meg Ryan’s 2003 thriller In The Cut.
“When we sat down to watch it was soon apparent why he wanted to see it,” she told PM. “Meg Ryan has a rock-solid ‘no nudity’ clause in her movies and had never taken her clothes off until this film.
“Harvey immediately started talking to the projectionist asking him to move it on to get to the bit where she gets her tits out… His breath was getting shorter and shorter, he was ranting more and more and I wondered what was going on back there. It crossed my mind that he was masturbating.
“I wasn’t myself abused. If he was doing it, it was to Meg Ryan’s breasts. It made me feel certainly that he couldn’t care less what I thought about him.”
She added: “I always operated a policy of protecting women, particularly young women, around Harvey. I would never let anyone have a meeting with him on their own.”