Weinstein’s ex assistant breaks silence

Harvey Weinstein's former assistant has said she has broken a confidential agreement to speak out about alleged sexual harassment by the disgraced movie mogul.

Zelda Perkins worked for Miramax in London and shared a £250,000 payment with another woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein, according to the Financial Times.

But she told the newspaper that she wanted to break the non-disclosure agreement, which is said to have been made in October 1998

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Waiving her right to anonymity, Ms Perkins said the filmmaker had repeatedly sexually harassed her.

This had started when he asked her to massage him while he was in his underwear, she said.

Harvey Weinstein and Quentin Tarantino in 2013
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At first, she had refused but his behaviour continued, she said.

"But this was his behaviour on every occasion I was alone with him," she said.

"I often had to wake him up in the hotel in the mornings and he would try to pull me into bed."

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Explaining her reasons for breaking the agreement and risking legal action against her, she 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."

Harvey Weinstein with his BFI Fellowship Award for outstanding contribution to cinema in 2002
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Weinstein denies allegations of non-consensual sex.

But claims of sexual harassment and abuse from dozens of actresses have been piling up since a bombshell investigation published by The New York Times.

The 65-year-old is also being investigated in the UK and US.

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