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Weinstein Company Staffers Want Out of Non-Disclosure Agreements So They Can Discuss Harvey Weinstein

October 19, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Staff members at The Weinstein Company want out of their non-disclosure agreements so that can speak openly about Harvey Weinstein. TMZ reports that members of the company’s staff issued a statement to the New Yorker in which they talk about Weinstein, saying, “We all knew that we were working for a man with an infamous temper. We did not know we were working for a serial sexual predator. We knew that our boss could be manipulative. We did not know that he used his power to systematically assault and silence women. We had an idea that he was a womanizer who had extra-marital affairs. We did not know he was a violent aggressor and alleged rapist.”

The letter goes on to say that Weinstein “created a toxic ecosystem where his abuse could flourish unchecked for decades.” They acknowledge that the letter is in open breach of their non-disclosure agreements, but argue that Weinstein is “in open violation of his contract with us – the employees – to create a safe place for us to work.”

They have asked that TWC let all of its current and former employees out of their NDAs “so we may speak openly, and get to the origins of what happened here, and how.” They argue that NDAs “only perpetuate this culture of silence. The ‘if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen’ mentality undermines those who might’ve spoken out. We treat these abusive people and places as rites of passage, instead of with the disgust they deserve.”

The statement adds that “If there is a future for this company, it must be one of radical transparency and accountability. And for that to happen, anyone who had specific knowledge of non-consensual, predatory behavior must go. That is the only way anyone will feel comfortable working with us. It is the only way any of us will feel comfortable working here.”