But when Mr. Weinstein heard — incorrectly it turned out — that Ms. Aniston, the actress best known for her role on the television show “Friends,” had accused him of groping her, he wrote to his representative, “Jen Aniston should be killed.”
Ms. Aniston’s publicist Stephen Huvane denied that Mr. Weinstein ever assaulted her.
“He never got close enough to her to touch her,” Mr. Huvane said in a statement this week. “She has never been alone with him. We have no idea about the email, since it wasn’t sent to us, nor do we have any comment to make on it.”
As the allegations continued to pile up in late 2017, A.J. Benza, a former New York Daily News gossip columnist, asked Mr. Weinstein if he had ever been a victim of sexual abuse himself, court documents said.
“Are you sure a rabbi or someone didn’t do things to you when you were a little boy?” Mr. Benza asked Mr. Weinstein, according to court documents. Mr. Benza added, “It takes a monster to make a monster.”
Mr. Weinstein, without providing details, responded in a text message, the documents showed, writing “It is a incident when I was a very young boy.” He then urged Mr. Benza to delete the message.
That same month, while in a rehabilitation clinic for his sex addiction, Mr. Weinstein called the entertainment gossip website, TMZ, according to an email from his brother.
Bob Weinstein was enraged and condemned his brother, Harvey, in an email, writing that he seemed incapable of understanding the pain he had caused over the years. Bob Weinstein also expressed disbelief that his brother “had consensual sex with all those poor victimized women.”