Zelda Perkins, formerly the assistant of Harvey Weinstein, revealed in a new TV interview what it was like working for the now-disgraced producer. Reportedly, Perkins was just 24-years-old when she started working as Weinstein’s assistant at Miramax Films – the company created by the two brothers, Bob and Harvey.
Back in 1998, Zelda quit her job because a colleague of hers accused Harvey of rape. When the unidentified woman told Perkins the story, she called him a “repulsive monster.”
Following the incident, Zelda signed a non-disclosure agreement, and she received $168,000 for keeping quiet. Perkins revealed the last near-twenty years of her life have been “distressing,” because she wasn’t allowed to speak.
Despite the process being legal, Zelda said the entire ordeal was “immoral,” and to this day it haunts her. And while Weinstein never harassed or threatened Perkins, she said she felt “constantly threatened” emotionally and mentally.
While on a business trip, a colleague of Zelda said the producer attempted to “rape her” and Weinstein denied the claim in response.
According to Perkins, the woman appeared to be “very distressed,” and very much in shock. The alleged victim didn’t want anybody to know what had happened. After she calmed down, Zelda went and spoke with Harvey face-to-face.
Perkins and the other woman wanted to take it to court, but their lawyers suggested they not put it through the legal system. Their lawyers stated they would be “dragged” all over the court system and would not win.
The attorney said to them that it would ruin their lives as well as their family and friends. Almost twenty years later, nearly 100 women have come out to accuse Harvey Weinstein of assault, harassment, and even rape.
Additionally, the former assistant answered one question which has left many people bewildered. Why did everyone go to his hotel room? Perkins revealed Harvey’s hotel suite was his place of business. She said his office wasn’t just for women, it was for male and female actors, agents, and anybody Harvey had to speak with. It was his “place of business.”