We Could Be in Store for a Flood of New Harvey Weinstein Stories

Employees who may have experienced sexual harassment and other forms of workplace abuse at the Weinstein Company will have a chance to speak out now. According to various media reports, the Weinstein Company has filed for bankruptcy and nullified its nondisclosure agreements (NDAs).

In a statement released late Monday, the company said it would take "an important step toward justice for any victims who have been silenced by Harvey Weinstein" by canceling its NDAs. Now, employees will have the opportunity to share their stories without legal repercussions. This measure could carry massive benefits for any victims within the company who may have felt restricted by confidentiality clauses from speaking up about sexual harassment. The company also said it was selling its assets to the Dallas-based Lantern Capital Partners, which was founded in 2010. 

In October 2017, the New York Times published a bombshell investigative report in which Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting or raping various women over the past several decades. Since the report emerged, at least 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting or harassing them. The film mogul has continued to deny the allegations.

With the help of the anti-sexual violence #MeToo movement, the conversation on NDAs gained attention throughout the United States. Legal experts have pointed out that these agreements and confidentiality clauses often muzzle workers from blowing the whistle on different kinds of workplace abuse. According to the New York Times report that first shed light on Weinstein's alleged abuses last year, employees at the company were reportedly given contracts saying they could not "criticize it or its leaders in a way that could harm its 'business reputation' or 'any employee’s personal reputation.'”

Now that the Weinstein Company has removed legally binding NDAs from the equation, this could apparently change. In an official statement Monday night, the company, clearly under new guidance, struck a different tone: “The Weinstein 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."

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