Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant Zelda Perkins has said she has broken a confidential agreement to speak out about alleged sexual harassment by the disgraced movie producer.
Perkins told Financial Times that she wanted to break the non-disclosure agreement, which is said to have been made in October 1998, and thus waived her right to anonymity.
Ms Perkins said the filmmaker had repeatedly sexually harassed her, claiming it started when he asked her to massage him while he was in his underwear.
At first, she had refused but his behaviour continued, she explained.
“This was his behaviour on every occasion I was alone with him. I often had to wake him up in the hotel in the mornings and he would try to pull me into bed”, she said.
Harvey Weinstein who has been stripped of notable of jobs and awards has denied allegations of non-consensual sex.
But claims of sexual harassment and abuse from strings of actresses have piled up since an investigation published by The New York Times which unravelled the impropriety of the movie mogul.
Explaining her reasons for breaking the agreement and risking legal action against her, Perkins said, “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.”