Harvey Weinstein's British assistant breaks silence to talk about her ordeal


Paid £125,000 in damages after she accused Weinstein of sexual harassment in 1998

Twenty years after she signed a non-disclosure agreement after facing sexual harassment from Harvey Weinstein, Zelda Perkins has now decided to break the agreement and speak publicly about her former boss.

Perkins was the former British assistant of the disgraced Hollywood producer and has now revealed how she was paid £125,000 in damages after she had accused him of sexual harassment in 1998.

Perkins has accused Weinstein of asking for a massage, trying to pull her into bed, and making her feel ashamed for disclosing his behaviour. “He went out of the room and came back in his underwear. He asked me if I would give him a massage. Then he asked if he could massage me,” Perkins told the Financial Times.

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Weinstein has ‘unequivocally’ denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

Under non-disclosure agreements those who sign them could be forced to repay their financial settlements plus damages and legal fees. But Perkins insistes that unless “somebody does this there won’t be a debate about how egregious these agreements are.”

Perkins is one of the many accusers to come forward following The New York Times investigative report earlier this month.