A former Miramax assistant told how she continued to work for Harvey Weinstein for two years after accusing him of raping her, and said she was struggling to get a new role and intimidated and terrified & # 39; 39; felt after signing a confidentiality agreement.
Rowena Chiu, who spoke in her very first on-air interview on Monday, claimed that the producer & # 39; pushed her back against the bed & # 39; after the couple worked together in a hotel in Venice, Italy in 1998, before settling her claim.
She said NBC News TODAY show: & # 39; It was a long journey. The NDA has asked us to keep a secret about something that happened to me while I worked for 20 years and that in itself was very difficult to do for more than 20 years. & # 39;
Chiu was accompanied by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, the New York Times reporters who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein and fellow prosecutor Ashley Judd for the first time.
Journalists Twohey and Kantor have a new book about the Weinstein, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Intassment Story That helped light a movement.
Harvey, 67, has denied all allegations of non-voluntary sex and is on trial in January next year. He is confronted with life in prison for two counts of predatory assault.
Former Miramax assistant Rowena Chiu, pictured, continued to work for Harvey Weinstein for two years after being accused of raping her and saying that she was having a new role and intimidated and terrified. # 39; felt after signing a confidentiality agreement.
Harvey, 67, has denied all allegations of non-voluntary sex and is on trial in January next year. He is confronted with life in prison for two counts of predatory assault
More than 80 women have since come forward to accuse the 67-year-old who had used settlements to silence allegations against him for years.
Asked why she continued to work for Weinstein after the alleged attack, Chiu said she was struggling to find another job and added: & # 39; After signing the NDA, one of the clauses in the NDA that our work would be protected.
& # 39; You must remember that we were quite young at the time. It was my first job or something in college and I was 24 years old, and my passion all my life was working in the film industry, so I didn't want it to end.
Chiu, who had the task of reading scripts before discussing them with Weinstein, added: & # 39; I signed the NDA and I hoped I could go further and I interviewed many film and television companies in London where I was established at the time, and everyone wanted to hire a former Harvey Weinstein assistant for an interview, nobody wanted to give that person a job. & # 39;
& # 39; So they all want to meet you, they want to hear your story, they might find some useful details, but no one will give you a job if you have stopped working for Harvey Weinstein in inexplicable circumstances. & # 39;
Chiu said she was intimidated and terrified & # 39; was left by the NDA and did not know what the consequences would be both legally and personally & # 39; when she was approached in October 2017 to break her silence.
She added: “I had not spoken for a long time with even my other colleague who signed the NDA with me, not with my husband, not with my parents and not with my sister.
& # 39; So when this story broke into the press about two years ago, I wasn't ready … so it really took two years to get rid of some of those things, both for my own personal life, as for the future and speak to my parents, speak to my husband, speak to my best friends. & # 39;
Chiu was accompanied by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, center, the two New York Times reporters who first broke the Harvey Weinstein story and fellow prosecutor Ashley Judd, second right
More than 80 women have since come forward to accuse the 67-year-old, including Judd, left, and Chiu, right, who had used settlements to silence allegations against him for years
Chiu said it & # 39; very typical & # 39; was to work with her former boss that & # 39; personal questions and massages & # 39; were & # 39; mixed with conversations about scripts & # 39 ;.
The married mother added: & # 39; So this did not happen during this night, but it took place over a number of evenings while I was working with him at the hotel and escalating these kinds of requests.
& # 39; Harvey is very persistent. He has a tendency to cajole and to be honest he is a very big guy this evening, he pushed me back to the bed and I was terrified and terrified when he tried to rap me. & # 39;
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