Multiple employees of The Weinstein Company want their non-disclosure agreements to be terminated so they can join the discussion about their scandal-scarred former boss, Harvey Weinstein.
A group of unnamed staff members from the production studio — which was co-founded by Weinstein and his brother, Bob, in 2005 — released a letter stressing their desire to be let out of their NDAs now that Weinstein has been accused of sexually harassing or sexually assaulting dozens of women over the years.
“We all knew that we were working for a man with an infamous temper,” says the statement given to The New Yorker. “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,” the statement said. “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 unnamed authors acknowledged they were breaching their NDAs just in putting out this message, but asserted that Weinstein failed to fulfill the agreement he apparently made with employees to give them a safe working environment.
They then contended that they are “as angry and baffled” by Weinstein’s behavior as the public, and said they have nothing to hide.
“We ask that the company let us out of our NDAs immediately — and do the same for all former Weinstein Company employees — so we may speak openly, and get to the origins of what happened here, and how,” the statement reads.
The statement also offered its support for the women who have come forward with allegations against Weinstein.
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault
“We see you, we admire you, and we are in this fight alongside you,” the message reads.
The letter was signed as “Select Members of The Weinstein Company Staff.”
The Weinstein Company’s board of directors announced it was firing Weinstein last week, and it released a statement Tuesday that the disgraced filmmaker had resigned.
Numerous women have claimed Weinstein made unwanted sexual advances toward them, often early on in their acting careers. Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are among his accusers. Several women, including actress Rose McGowan, have claimed Weinstein raped them.
Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
He is being investigated by law enforcement agencies in New York, Los Angeles and London.