Harvey Weinstein languishing in jail? Not very likely, says his ...


Harvey Weinstein languishing in jail? Not very likely, says his ex-PA

Zelda Perkins, who was made to sign a gag order, explains why she’s waiting for his ‘sudden resurrection’

Zelda Perkins

I was driving home when I heard that Harvey Weinstein had been convicted of rape. Robert Peston, the TV presenter, called on my mobile, saying: “Well, you’ve probably heard ... ” But I wasn’t sure how to feel.

By the time I got to my smallholding in Wiltshire, my phone was ringing off the hook. So Harvey, my old boss, had been convicted and was off to jail; to New York’s notorious Rikers Island, no less. I must be delighted, everyone seemed to think.

As the first woman to speak publicly about the system that enabled him, I had been at the centre of this drama right from the beginning. The truth is, I didn’t feel anything. I had avoided following the case because I couldn’t bear to see the witnesses eviscerated, and I was convinced he would get away with it. So, all of a sudden, the verdict – and the maelstrom of attention – felt overwhelming...

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