Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Threatened AIDS Charity For Investigating His Sex Life

"I don't believe we understood what was really behind his anger at the time," says amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole.

Harvey Weinstein allegedly threatened the board of amfAR last year because he believed a lawyer working for the HIV/AIDS research foundation was probing into his sex life, NBC News reports.

This news comes as Hollywood continues to reel from multiple allegations of misconduct lodged against Weinstein, who has been ousted from his eponymous film company and is now facing charges of rape and sexual harassment.

The foundation retained attorney Tom Ajamie to investigate a controversial deal that Weinstein had made regarding auction proceeds from a 2015 benefit in Cannes, but the movie mogul was reportedly angry that Ajamie gathered information beyond his finances.

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According to the minutes of an October 2016 amfAR board meeting, Weinstein claimed to have a letter saying that Ajamie was investigating his “financial irregularities as well as his sex life.” He called the investigation “inappropriate and slanderous and that he would personally investigate each person on the amfAR board and the committee.”

“He called furious and said how dare you after 25 years, tens of millions I’ve raised, all I’ve done for amfAR, how dare you stick your lawyers on me to do what they’re doing,” said amfAR board chairman and shoe designer Kenneth Cole in the meeting report.

“In typical Weinstein fashion—he exploded with threats,” Cole confirmed to NBC News. “I don’t believe we understood what was really behind his anger at the time and I for one did not know of his predatory activities until they were revealed in media reports. We thought it was Weinstein with his typical angry, litigious response.”

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Ajamie also confirmed that in the course of his internal investigation, he “received reports of sexual misconduct by Mr. Weinstein” and “passed those along to the amfAR chairman.”

HuffPost goes into greater detail investigating Weinstein and Cole’s “shady deal,” in which Weinstein reportedly used $600,000 in amfAR auction proceeds to finance a pre-Broadway engagement of the musical Finding Neverland. Cole said in a statement, however, that “in the spirit of being diligent as well as transparent, we had independent legal counsel review the contribution in question, and they concluded that nothing illegal or inappropriate had occurred.”

While never an amfAR board member or official, Weinstein has reportedly raised $50 million for the organization over 23 years, also helping to attract major celebrities to its various charity events.

Weinstein has apologized for his mistreatment of women and plans to seek treatment for sex addiction, but his representatives have said that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

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