Former assistant of Harvey Weinstein breaks silence in first TV interview

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A BRITISH former assistant to Harvey Weinstein has claimed the disgraced movie mogul used a non-disclosure payoff to gag a staff member who accused him of attempted rape.

She describes the NDA process as an "intense experience" that ultimately barred her from even discussing her time as Weinstein's employee, talking to her accountant about the payment, or speaking to a therapist without that person signing a confidentiality agreement.

Ms Perkins has previously told how Weinstein appeared in his underwear in front of her and offered her a nude massage while the two were alone in his hotel room, which she referred to as "his office".

"'I'm not going anywhere with you, ' I said as I pushed him back and punched him with a right hand to his face". "Harvey was powerful, my team STRONGLY ADVISED me to write him an apology the next day".

That's why Zelda Perkins, former assistant to the disgraced movie movie mogul, made a decision to break her NDA that prevented her from speaking out about the "repulsive monster" sooner.

When, on a trip overseas, a younger colleague came to her in a distressed state to say that Weinstein had attempted to rape her, Ms Perkins felt it was her duty to act. "We had no physical evidence because we hadn't gone to the police when we were overseas, and ultimately, it would be two young women's words against Harvey Weinstein".

"We both resigned from the company saying that we felt we were constructively dismissed from the company because of his behaviour". However, she was never told whether Weinstein did attend therapy and was never allowed to receive a copy of her own NDA.

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She fought to get terms included, including Weinstein's commitment to attend therapy. And while she knew of Weinstein's many girlfriends, she "presumed" the relationships "were consensual". "I spoke with her and tried to calm her down before confronting Harvey face to face". "And as is too often the case when the "little guy" goes after power in the courts, Perkins" case was quickly quashed by Weinstein's heavily funded legal team. Perkins had signed a non-disclosure agreement and received £125,000 from Miramax, but broke her silence on the BBC's "Newsnight" show, which was broadcast Tuesday in Britain.

Scotland Yard and police in NY and Los Angeles have all opened investigations into the movie mogul.

"Mr. Weinstein categorically denies engaging in any non-consensual conduct or alleged threatening behavior and will seek the protection of the United Kingdom or Irish Courts if you proceed with the broadcast of these allegations", the statement said. "With Harvey there was no such word as no and that's really the crux of the matter".

Senators in New York, New Jersey and California have drafted legislation aimed at banning them in such circumstances, and now Ms. Perkins wants the United Kingdom to follow suit.

Weinstein's lawyers repeated the denial of all allegations of non-consensual sex in a statement given to Newsnight. Miramax had no comment.

Perkins said Weinstein denied the incident at the time.

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