Harvey Weinstein's former assistant says she tried to stop him abusing women two decades ago, making him sign a legal agreement that required him to seek therapy and mend his ways. Zelda Perkins, who joined Miramax in London when she was in her early 20s, quit Weinstein's film company in 1998, along with a colleague who accused the movie mogul of trying to rape her. As part of a settlement, Perkins signed a non-disclosure agreement. It kept her silent, but also committed Weinstein to attend therapy for three years. And it required the company to spill the beans to its then-owner, the Walt Disney Co., or to fire Weinstein if he made any more payouts over alleged wrongdoing.
Perkins and her colleague, told that Weinstein couldn't be prosecuted in England because the alleged rape happened in Italy, negotiated a settlement of $177,000 each after a process Perkins says was "humiliating and degrading" and left her "trapped in a vortex of fear" because of the strict requirements for secrecy. Perkins says her hope was to "create protection for people in the future." Under the terms of the agreement, Perkins chose the therapist Weinstein was to consult. She doesn't know whether he ever went to the sessions. "I have no idea if any of the obligations were upheld," Perkins tells the AP. She said that a year after she left the company she ran into Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival, and "he told me that everything I had done was pointless."