The lurid tales of media mogul Harvey Weinstein keep coming out. Apart from the abusive way he treated actors, the way he treated his immediate employees is also a scandal. The April 2018 issue of Harper’s Magazine has this little item. It is from a complaint filed in a New York district court against Weinstein by Sandeep Rahal who was employed as his personal assistant from 2013 to 2015, where she describes some of her ‘duties’ in that role.
Listening to his calls
Reading and responding to his emails
Managing his doctors’ appointments
Managing his drivers
Doing his shopping
Getting him clean underwear
Taking dictation of emails from him while he was naked
Maintaining his list of contacts with a special asterisk that identified his sexual partners
Obtaining and setting up an apartment close to the office for sexual liaisons
Purchasing lingerie and gifts for women
Managing the stock of Caverject shots for his erectile dysfunction
Picking up his used Caverject shots
Picking up his used condom
Cleaning up the semen on the couch in his office
What is it with these abusive guys who want to be naked in the presence of others while at work? Apart from anything else, being naked while (say) seated on a chair is actually uncomfortable. Clothing provides a comfortable buffer against the roughness of items that your body comes into contact with. I am surprised that having sex with Weinstein when there was no one else immediately available was also not one of her expected duties.
What is astonishing is that he was able to get away with this kind of behavior for so long. It just shows how money and power can buy silence and complicity.