Harvey Weinstein’s Former Assistant Breaks Her NDA for an Interview
Rowena Chiu, a former assistant at Miramax, came forward in September of 2019 to detail an attempted sexual assault by her boss Harvey Weinstein back in 1998. Afterwards she signed a non disclosure agreement.
Now, she’s breaking an NDA that she signed with the company to speak out again.
When asked by Variety why she’s actually breaking her NDA when she could get sued for it, she responded, “He’s got 111 women speaking out against him, he’s already done one criminal trial in New York and he’s got another upcoming criminal trial in L.A., so to be honest, he’s not going to waste his time or money suing me. I don’t have any money, so what’s the point of suing me? But legally, he’s within his rights to sue me and bring a case against me that says give back the settlement money. Every time I speak out, I run that risk.”
About what she tried to get put into the NDA to help future female employees, she said, “Stuff like Harvey must go to sex therapy, so he has to admit that he has an addiction to sex. And then there was all the corporate stuff we tried to put in about how complaints were handled — we even went so far as to say that if there is another woman who brings an accusation forward [within two years of the signed NDA] and Harvey feels compelled to settle with her for $35,000 or up, he will automatically resign from Miramax and report himself to the Walt Disney Co. How incredible would it have been if he had to do that within two years of 1998? This whole thing would have been cracked open in 1999.”
She also added, “We fought really hard to have a really simple clause that said Harvey must either travel with one male assistant at any one time.”
And she said, she didn’t try to get money out of him, adding, “At that time, we were really young women who actually did not want money – we spent a lot of time arguing not to get money. We spent hours in that law office arguing for clauses that would stop Harvey and protect other women. But, if you are one little tug boat, how do you turn the Titanic around? It’s heartbreaking – when you read our NDAs, you see the path and the pattern where she tried to lay out a blueprint to stop Harvey.”
Find out how long Weinstein will be spending in prison now that he’s been convicted of rape and criminal sexual acts.
Head to Variety to check out the entire interview.
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