Karen Klein, the embattled school bus monitor, who made national news last week after being relentlessly harassed by a busload of middle school students, is once again looking for a healthier work environment, after quitting as Harvey Weinstein’s personal assistant, a job she held for only one day.
According to Klein, the emotional abuse she endured monitoring middle-school students, pales in comparison to what she had to endure working for Weinstein, the movie mogul with a notorious temper.
Weinstein hired the 68-year old grandmother after seeing the YouTube video which showed Klein being verbally abused by cruel middle school children. Weinstein, producer of the documentary “Bully” which featured similar teen bullying, felt a kinship to Klein and offered her the job as his new personal assistant.
But within minutes of arriving for her first day of work, it didn’t take long for Klein to begin wishing she was back on the school bus, as she tested Weinstein’s patience by ruining his coffee order and putting a call through from a creditor he was trying to avoid. The last straw came when Klein accidentally dropped a call from Quentin Tarantino after he phoned in to speak with Weinstein.
“Until Mr. Weinstein started berating me, I thought I had heard every nasty expletive that can be shouted at somebody,” Klein said. “He even told me my script coverage sucked.”
Hollywood insiders suspect Weinstein had an ulterior motive for hiring Klein, believing it would give him the inside track to acquiring Klein’s life rights so he could make a biopic starring Meryl Streep. “Meryl Streep as Karen Klein is a no-brainer,” Weinstein told Hollywood & Swine. “She’d ride that bus full of evil middle school kids all the way to Oscar gold.”