Working with Weinstein - FOUR CORNERS 19/03/18
"He never stopped trying it on, never. Even having promised that he wouldn't. It was consistent and constant.” Former production director
The sex scandal that has engulfed American film producer Harvey Weinstein triggered headlines around the world and prompted a searing discussion about the treatment of women. Much of the attention has focussed on the actresses who say they were preyed upon by the movie mogul.
“He was the most powerful man in the entire industry and everybody wanted to be with him and he would hold court every night.” Former assistant
Behind the scenes, there were other women, work colleagues and employees, who allege that Harvey Weinstein used his power to abuse them.
“Harvey’s requests were always the same. He would appear in the room either totally undressed or just in his underwear.” Former assistant
They kept their experiences secret for decades, fearing legal action and reprisal. Now they are speaking out.
"I hadn’t been able to talk about this publicly, or really privately, for 20 years.” Former assistant
“It was like there was this code. We knew that this behaviour happened and yet none of us individually opened up about what our experiences were.” Former production director
Weinstein’s former staffers and colleagues talk of the measures they took to protect themselves.
“We always tried to go in twos and threes so that there would never be one person left alone there.” Former production director
Those who confronted him say they paid a heavy price.
"I was pretty broken at this point. My faith in sort of life in general was pretty shaken. And, Harvey went on and won his Oscar.” Former assistant
Harvey Weinstein has emphatically denied the allegations made against him but police investigations in America and Britain are underway and some of his accusers say they will now get their day in court.
“He may be or may have been a powerful man, but it doesn’t matter. He’s not above the law. He’s just a man.” Lawyer
Working with Weinstein, a Tigerlilly Production for Channel 4 and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 19th March at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 20th March at 1.00pm and Wednesday 21st at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEDT, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.