Trailblazer

Former Weinstein assistant breaks non-disclosure agreement to reveal sexual harassment

Harvey Weinstein. (REUTERS/Steve Crisp)

Zelda Perkins has sat on her Harvey Weinstein story for nearly two decades. But not anymore. Perkins decided to go public, and break the non-disclosure agreement she signed in 1998 that has legally bound her to silence about the harassment the now-disgraced movie mogul allegedly subjected her to when she was working as his London assistant for Miramax. Perkins’ accusations echo those made by myriad other women who have leveled allegations against Weinstein — he exposed himself to her, badgered her to give him massages, asked her to watch him shower, and tried to pull her into bed with him when she would have to wake him up early in the morning at his hotel room, she said in an interview with The Financial Times (pay wall).

Though the tawdry allegations are disturbingly similar to what other women have reported, what’s different is that Perkins has come forward despite having signed a legal document that bars her from doing that very thing, making her the first former colleague of Weinstein’s to do so — a trailblazer.

“I want to publicly break my non-disclosure agreement,” Perkins said in the interview. “Unless somebody does this there won’t be a debate about how egregious these agreements are and the amount of duress that victims are put under. My entire world fell in because I thought the law was there to protect those who abided by it. I discovered that it had nothing to do with right and wrong and everything to do with money and power.” Employees of The Weinstein Company recently requested to be released from their non-disclosure agreements “so we may speak openly, and get to the origins of what happened here, and how,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Perkins goes into detail about her own experiences enduring the harassment from Weinstein, but she said she didn’t reach her breaking point until one of her female colleagues confided in her about what allegedly happened during an encounter with the movie mogul at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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