A former assistant to Harvey Weinstein in the UK has broken the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) she signed in 1998 to speak publicly about the producer's alleged sexual harassment and expose the harm of such legal agreements.
Zelda Perkins told the Financial Times that Weinstein's harassment began when she worked for Miramax in London and ended with a shared £250,000 settlement between her and another woman who alleged sexual assault by the Hollywood producer.
“I want to publicly break my non-disclosure agreement,” she told the FT, running the risk of legal action against her. “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.”
NDAs have come under fire following sexual abuse allegations against the likes of Weinstein and the late Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News. Perkins described days of questioning followed by a 12-hour session with Weinstein's attorneys in order to conclude the ordeal:
“I was pretty broken after the negotiation process,” she said. “I want to call into question the legitimacy of agreements where the inequality of power is so stark and relies on money rather than morality.”
Weinstein is currently the subject of both criminal and civil investigations in the UK, Los Angeles, and New York.