Weinstein's brother insists biz is OK amid new harassment claims

Embattled filmmaking firm The Weinstein Company denied Friday it might soon fade to black — even as a new round of women said its former figurehead sexually harassed them.

Actress Minka Kelly claimed on social media that Weinstein made a creepy come-on during a work meeting in a hotel lobby after she declined his invitation to meet in his private room.

“(He) regaled me with offers of a lavish life filled with trips around the world on private planes etc. If I would be his girlfriend,” she wrote on Instagram.

The 37-year-old “Friday Night Lights” actress said she politely declined.

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“Fine. I trust you won’t tell anyone about this,” Weinstein told her, according to Kelly.

Angie Everhart, a model and actress who appeared in the 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger flick “Last Action Hero,” said Weinstein, 65, once targeted her on a yacht during a European film festival.

She said he let himself into her cabin while she was sleeping and masturbated while standing over her.

“I wake up and all of a sudden he takes his pants down and starts doing his stuff,” Everhart told the “Frosty, Heidi & Frank” show on KLOS radio in Los Angeles.

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“He’s blocking the door. I can’t get out,” she said. “He finishes on the carpet of the floor.”

Everhart, 48, called the incident “disgusting” and said she reported it to others on the boat, but nothing happened.

Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company amid reports he sexually harassed or assaulted multiple women.

Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company amid reports he sexually harassed or assaulted multiple women.

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“That’s Harvey,” she recalled people telling her.

The new accusations surfaced as Weinstein’s brother Bob Weinstein publicly contradicted a report in the Wall Street Journal claiming the company was exploring a sale or shutdown amid a dizzying death spiral.

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“Our banks, partners and shareholders are fully supportive of our company and it is untrue that the company or board is exploring a sale or shutdown of the company,” the younger Weinstein now serving as its sole chairman said.

Bob Weinstein said upcoming films “Polaroid” and “Paddington 2” were still on track for their scheduled release dates of Nov. 22 and Jan. 12, respectively.

“The first ‘Paddington’ grossed over $ 75 million and we expect even greater success for ‘Paddington 2’,” he said. “Test screening scores are through the roof.”

The Robert De Niro flick “War with Grandpa” is still scheduled to hit theaters on Feb. 23, he added.

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Business is continuing as usual as the company moves ahead,” he said.

Earlier Friday, the Journal reported The Weinstein Co. board was talking with buyers and no longer planned to hold the company as an independent entity re-branded with a new name.

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Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault

The newspaper said a deal to rescue the firm could prove difficult, and TWC might be forced to simply hold a fire sale for its most desirable assets and then close its doors.

Harvey Weinstein, meanwhile, was still spoiling for a fight on Friday, TMZ.com reported.

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The website said the disgraced movie mogul plans to crash the company’s Tuesday board meeting by phone and challenge his termination.

Weinstein believes company violated his 2015 contract when it gave him the boot on Sunday in the wake of a New York Times report claiming he sexually harassed or assaulted multiple women and reached private settlements with at least eight accusers, including actress Rose McGowan.

On Thursday, McGowan said in a Twitter post that Weinstein raped her.

According to TMZ, Weinstein believes his current contract carefully spelled out protocols for dealing with settlements or judgments related to sexual harassment or “misconduct” — and no claims have been lodged against him since he signed it.

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Weinstein also believes his company promised he could only be fired after mediation and arbitration.

The company’s position, meanwhile, is that the board had the right to ditch Weinstein, and his recourse is to challenge the decision in mediation and arbitration, TMZ said.

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Bob Weinstein (l.) called his brother Harvey Weinstein “a very sick man” and a “world class liar.”

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A once-mighty Hollywood kingmaker, Weinstein was photographed dining at an Arizona restaurant Thursday night after promising to enter a treatment program to work on his “demons.”

Actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Cara Delevingne, Jessica Barth, Kate Beckinsale and Claire Forlani are among the ever-growing cast of women accusing Weinstein of serial sexual harassment and assault.

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Italian actress Asia Argento and former aspiring actress Lucia Stoller accused Weinstein of rape in a New Yorker piece published this week.

Stoller, now a marketing consultant, said Weinstein forcibly assaulted her in New York after meeting her at Cipriani Upstairs in 2004 and luring her to a private meeting.

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Rose McGowan accused Weinstein of rape on Thursday.

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The NYPD said it has opened an investigation into possible assaults perpetrated by Weinstein in New York.

A high-ranking official said Friday that so far, the department has received a couple of phone calls regarding alleged misconduct by Weinstein, but nothing that involves criminal activity in the city.

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