Tom Prince served as executive vice president of physical production at The Weinstein Company until last year. In this excerpt from the FRONTLINE/BBC documentary “Weinstein,” he describes the reaction at the company when an allegation of sexual assault in 2015 entered the public domain, and he tells FRONTLINE and the BBC that he had become concerned about Weinstein’s use of company funds to fly women around the world.
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“Pretty much on every production, I would get a phone call or an e-mail saying, ‘We have to fly an actress to the movie set,’ and I would always come back and explain to them that this is a one- or two-day role, and you know, we are spending an awful lot of money flying somebody from Paris to Philadelphia or from New York to New Zealand to fulfill a role that could be occupied by a local resident there,” Prince says in the above excerpt from the documentary “Weinstein.”
“But this was a mandate from Harvey,” he says, adding that he thought there was “clearly” something more than “acting abilities involved with us flying and spending $20,000 on a role that would have cost $2,000 .”
In his response to FRONTLINE, Weinstein denied this, and said that he and Prince repeatedly clashed over budgets and other production issues.
Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sexual contact and criminal conduct. The film traces nearly four decades of allegations against the movie mogul, efforts to silence his accusers, what Hollywood knew and when.
“Weinstein” premieres Fri., Mar. 2, 2018 at 9/8c on PBS & online: http://to.pbs.org/2FFfAM1
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