The flood of accusations of sexual misconduct we’ve already seen against Harvey Weinstein may only be the beginning. The disgraced mogul’s former company, The Weinstein Company, just filed for bankruptcy, and that means nondisclosure agreements that Weinstein had with his victims are now voided, which could open the doors for those who have been silenced by Weinstein and The Weinstein Company to come forward and share their stories.
“Today, the Company also takes an important step toward justice for any victims who have been silenced by Harvey Weinstein,” a statement released Monday reads. “Since October, it has been reported that Harvey Weinstein used non-disclosure agreements as a secret weapon to silence his accusers. Effective immediately, those ‘agreements’ end.”
The statement continues, “The Company expressly releases any confidentiality provision to the extent it has prevented individuals who suffered or witnessed any form of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein from telling their stories. No one should be afraid to speak out or coerced to stay quiet. The Company thanks the courageous individuals who have already come forward. Your voices have inspired a movement for change across the country and around the world.”
The statement ends by saying TWC “regrets that it cannot undo the damage Harvey Weinstein caused, but hopes that today’s events will mark a new beginning.”
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has been working with TWC as it moves forward under new ownership and new leadership, ensuring that efforts are taken to change the company’s culture and make restitution for Weinstein’s many, many victims. He praised the end of the nondisclosure agreements, saying the decision was “a watershed moment for efforts to address the corrosive effects of sexual misconduct in the workplace,” and adding, “My office will continue to fight for victims’ best interests throughout the bankruptcy proceedings.”