In an interview with The Monetary Instances (through The Hollywood Reporter), a lady who used to work as Harvey Weinstein’s assistant at Miramax’s London workplace a number of years in the past has damaged a non-disclosure settlement she signed so she may focus on a supposed historical past of cover-ups which have prevented Weinstein staffers from speaking about his alleged historical past of sexual harassment and abuse. The lady, Zelda Perkins, says she “endured sexual harassment” whereas working for Weinstein, however she determined to lastly give up when he allegedly assaulted considered one of her colleagues.
Perkins and this unnamed lady went to a lawyer with their claims, and the lawyer advised them to try to get a settlement from Weinstein and Miramax. Perkins says she initially wished to reveal Weinstein straight away, however she was advised court docket wouldn’t take her phrase towards his “with no proof” and that Weinstein would “destroy” her and her household if she tried. Perkins and the colleague took the settlement due to that, however not earlier than demanding that Miramax arrange a “complaints process” that will’ve pressured the corporate to inform Disney—which owned Miramax—if Weinstein settled another harassment complaints inside two years. That apparently didn’t occur.
Perkins additionally says she wasn’t allowed to make a copy of her NDA, most likely to stop her from letting anybody else see it, however she’s talking out now as a result of “the inequality of energy is so stark and depends on cash moderately than morality.” She additionally needs to assist different ladies “personal their very own historical past or their trauma” by having the ability to speak about what they’ve been by means of. In the meantime, present Weinstein Firm employees members have launched an announcement asking that they be let loose of their NDAs as nicely to allow them to “converse overtly and get to the origins of what occurred right here and the way.”
Weinstein, for the document, has denied the accusations from Perkins and the unnamed colleague.