Harvey Weinstein was & # 39; pathologically addicted to conquering women & # 39 ;, according to his former assistant who claims he had sexually harassed her from her & # 39; first day & # 39; at work.
Zelda Perkins, who started working for the shame producer at the age of 22, said that women benefit & # 39; was what made him & # 39; got out of bed in the morning & # 39 ;.
Perkins & Stint as Weinstein's assistant at Miramax is described in detail in a new book, She said: Breaking the story about sexual harassment that helped trigger a movement, released by New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey on Tuesday.
Kantor and Twohey helped break the story of the years of sexual violence allegations against Weinstein in October 2017, which eventually triggered the # MeToo movement.
Zelda Perkins started working as an assistant to Harvey Weinstein in London when she was 22 years old. Pictured above in 1998
Perkins said that Weinstein & # 39; was pathologically addicted to conquering women & # 39; and benefiting from them was & # 39; causing him to get out of bed every morning & # 39;
In the months that followed, more than 80 women came forward to accuse him, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and many former employees of Miramax and The Weinstein Company.
Weinstein is now awaiting trial for predatory sexual behavior and rape in the Manhattan criminal court and has rejected all claims of non-consensual sex.
Perkins claimed that Weinstein had harassed her from & # 39; practically the first day & # 39; and said that even in the summer she had to resort to a winter coat at the office.
Her job required that she, or another female assistant who was scheduled in early service, get out of bed every morning, partly naked, or sometimes completely naked.
The book, released on September 10, has been compared to All the President & # 39; s Men, the unveiling of the Nixon administration, only for the MeToo era
Perkins said he would repeatedly try to drag her to bed, but she resisted and & # 39; always managed to say no & # 39 ;.
She described her salary as & # 39; blood money & # 39 ;, believing that she gave up her soul to work with him.
& # 39; On journeys to Paris and Rome, he would simply spend cash, which was your blood money, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; You had come home from traveling with him with a weird comedown of guilt and relief that you had survived. & # 39;
When Perkins and another Miramax employee finally complained, they had to sign an ironclad confidentiality agreement that even their own doctors had to sign, she claimed.
The women didn't even get a copy of the document and had to go to their lawyer's office to see one.
Such agreements, in which the women received everything from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars, were the main tool Weinstein used to keep his allegations out of the public domain.
But those same documents gave the New York Times reporters an important paper trail that helped them break the story that eventually sank him.
The authors state that they initially had difficulty in persuading women to speak out, and when they called actress Daryl Hannah they revealed that her voice was filled with fear & # 39; used to be.
Ashley Judd would open doors for them after she shared her own account about how she told Weinstein: & I'll give you a blowjob if I win an Oscar & # 39; to pull him back.
Judd introduced them to Lena Dunham, who is a & # 39; celebrity switchboard & # 39; with private e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
Soon they had contact with Paltrow, who became an important source by recruiting other women from behind the scenes.
New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey revealed that they had trouble making women talk in public, but Ashley Judd finally agreed to share her story and helped open doors for them
Gwyneth Paltrow played a major role in bringing Harvey Weinstein down and recruited other Hollywood stars to speak out against him. But it was & # 39; hair-raising & # 39; for her because she feared the story & # 39; sleazy & # 39; and her career would end. Pictured: Weinstein and Paltrow in 2002
Paltrow's decision was especially difficult because Weinstein had played her as a relatively unknown 22-year-old in the adaptation of Jane Austin & Emma, who made her a star. He also threw her as the lead actor in Shakespeare in Love, cementing her as an A-star when she won the Best Actress Oscar (photo in 1999)
Paltrow, who was suggested by Weinstein when she was 22, said he & # 39; culpably & # 39; was in his abuse because he used her story to persuade other women to have sex with him.
Weinstein would say to them: & # 39; Don't you want what she has? & # 39; when he asked for a massage that led to sex.
The actress became known as the & # 39; First Lady of Miramax & # 39; after being cast by Weinstein in Emma and Shakespeare in Love, making her a star.
Paltrow burst into tears and said that by using her story, Weinstein was a & # 39; tool in the coercion of rape & # 39; had become.
Days before the article was to be published, Judd agreed to become a named source, but Paltrow could not decide.
She felt & # 39; crushed & # 39; about the criticism of her Goop lifestyle website and feared that her name & # 39; would be dragged through the mud & # 39 ;.
She texted the journalists from the New York Times and said: & # 39; Because I don't feel equipped to make this decision under control, I continue to hold on. I'm sorry I abandoned you. Really. I'm so torn. & # 39;
The day the story was supposed to go, Kantor hastened to Paltrow while she was filming Avengers: Endgame in Atlanta.
Paltrow felt & # 39; sick and could barely get through her scenes & # 39 ;, says the book.
She even pulled Michelle Pfeiffer, her co-star, aside, & # 39; who quickly informed her about the situation for a final round of advice. & # 39;
Weinstein & # 39; s own brother Bob, who led the Weinstein Company with him, justified Harvey's behavior as a sex addiction, which he now admits was a mistake
Paltrow replied in a text message: & I'm on the set in Atlanta. I feel intense pressure because of the time frame. I can't believe his reaction in the Hollywood Reporter, I can't believe he's taking this tack. I had hoped he could see his way of repentance. I feel like he's getting ready for an even steeper fall. I think it's best to hold on and then do something with you as a follow-up. & # 39;
Paltrow finally agreed to be mentioned in an article published a week later in the New York Times.
But even now she has difficulty with how Weinstein used her.
At a meeting of Weinstein prosecutors at her home in Los Angeles, she tore apart when she told how Weinstein had used her success as a tool to persuade more women to have sex with him.
& # 39; This has been by far the most difficult part of this, to feel like an aid to the coercion of rape. I almost feel guilty of it somehow, even though it is completely illogical, & she said.
The book also raises questions about whether those who were in Weinstein's job looked to look the other way or just did not act.
This also applies to his brother Bob, who wrote him an e-mail in 2015 in which he reported his & # 39; misconduct & # 39; confronts and demands that he seeks help.
Weinstein is now waiting for trial for predatory sexual behavior and rape in the Manhattan criminal court and has rejected all claims of non-consensual sex
Bob told Twohey that Weinstein's behavior was & # 39; crazy, out of control – out of hand with money, out of hand with buying, out of hand with your anger, out of hand with your philandering. & # 39;
One day in 2010 or 2011, while they were arguing over money in a room at the Weinstein office, Harvey hit Bob in the face.
& # 39; Everyone watched as blood flowed over Bob & # 39; s face. No one, not even Bob, did anything to hold his brother responsible for the violence & # 39 ;, write the authors.
Bob justified his brother's behavior as a sex addiction, which he now admits was a mistake.
When employees complained to him, he said to them: & # 39; Stop. You are talented. & # 39;
Irwin Reiter, an accountant who worked for Weinstein for decades and became an important source for the authors, said he emailed Weinstein in 2014 with: & # 39; Stop doing bad things! & # 39;
Weinstein confronted him the next day and called him the & # 39; sex police & # 39 ;.
In 2015, Reiter sent an email to Tom Price, the head of physical production at The Weinstein Company, saying: & # 39; How much ???????? How many are there enough ??????? How many are too many ??????? & # 39;
Reiter was eventually embarrassed by his daughter and collaborated with Kantor and Twohey, who repeatedly tried to intimidate Weinstein, according to the book.
Weinstein also tried to harass the New York Times by removing a report of the accusations against him from a March 2015 review of his Broadway show Finding Neverland.
Dean Baquet, editor of the newspaper, emailed Weinstein: & You and I will soon have a fairly rough conversation about how to talk to my editors. And it will be very rough. & # 39;
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