Harvey Weinstein, embroiled in a scandalous cloud of rape, sexual assault, and harassment allegations, won’t find support from his former employees at The Weinstein Company.
About 30 employees shared an open letter Thursday, detailing their disappointment in their former boss, as well as what they knew and didn’t know about Weinstein’s reportedly lurid behaviors.
What did the letter say?
In their two-page letter, which was published by the New Yorker, the employees — who remained anonymous due to non-disclosure agreements — stated that they “all knew that we were working for a man with an infamous temper” but “did not know we were working for a serial sexual predator.”
“We knew that our boss could be manipulative,” the letter said. “We did not know that he used his power to systematically assault and silence women.”
It continued, “We had an idea that he was a womanizer who had extramarital affairs. We did not know he was a violent aggressor and alleged rapist.”
The employees expressed their disgust that their former boss — who they said had an “insatiable desire to win and get what he wanted” — allowed his go-getting attitude to trickle outside of the boardroom doors and into the more personal aspects of his life.
“These were the same traits that made him a monster,” the letter described. “He created a toxic ecosystem where his abuse could flourish unchecked for decades.”
The anonymous employees implored the company to free them of their non-disclosure agreements immediately so that they may speak openly, noting that their former boss “is in open violation of his contract,” which was to “create a safe place for us to work.”
“Non-disclosure agreements only perpetuate this culture of silence,” the letter explained.
“We have nothing to hide, and are as angry and baffled as you are at how Harvey’s behavior could continue for so long,” the letter added.
The employees concluded their letter by thanking “those speaking out,” and “those fearlessly reporting” on the incident.
“We are so grateful for your courage,” they added.
The letter was signed “Select Members of The Weinstein Company Staff.”