A former assistant to Harvey Weinstein is willingly breaking a non-disclosure agreement to speak out about the sexual harassment she says she was subjected to while working for the movie mogul at Miramax Films in the late ’90s.
Zelda Perkins tells the Financial Times in an interview published Monday that she experienced regular sexual harassment from Weinstein, including him walking around naked in front of her, during her time as his assistant in London.
Perkins says she left the job after a female colleague who she declines to name claimed she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein in 1998. Lawyers at the time advised taking a settlement of £250,000 to be split between the two women and signing a confidentiality agreement which she was not allowed to keep a copy of.
She says she is speaking out in hopes of shedding light on the agreements that powerful figures use to keep sexual harassment victims quiet.
A message sent to Weinstein’s representative, Sallie Hofmeister, was not immediately returned. Hofmeister has repeatedly denied Weinstein had any non-consensual sex.
Source: Associated Press