She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement is a new book about American film producer Harvey Weinstein who is now facing a criminal trial on charges of sexual assault and rape. The book is authored by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, two reporters at The New York Times who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged misdeeds, helping to spark the global #MeToo Movement.
This new book is one of several upcoming books about Weinstein and the #MeToo revolution. She Said, will reveal previously undisclosed information about the scandal such as; key figures who helped cover up Weinstein’s misdeeds, and the names of key sources including; company officials, Hollywood stars and other victims, who helped the reporters break the story of the producer’s alleged sexual abuse.
She Said will also draw on new reporting and previously undisclosed corporate records, emails and text message to truly uncover the extent of Weinstein’s alleged harassment and indiscretions, and the hushed settlements and restrictive nondisclosure agreements that allowed Weinstein – and other men in powerful positions – to continue their abusive behaviour and thrive in their careers.
The book will also feature an unreported letter from Harvey Weinstein’s brother, Bob who two years before the allegations came to light urged his sibling to get treatment for his problem which Bob Weinstein described as years of “misbehaviour.” An extract from the letter written by Bob Weinstein, published by The New York Times reads, “You have brought shame to the family and your company through your misbehaviour. Your reaction was once more to blame the victims, or to minimize the misbehavior in various ways. If you think nothing is wrong with your misbehavior so in this area then announce it to your wife and family.”
Another central figure of the new She Said book is Irwin Reiter who worked for Weinstein for decades, eventually becoming a former top executive in The Weinstein Company. Over his time at the company, Reiter became increasingly concerned by Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour towards women and although he raised these concerns it was to no avail. She Said reveals that it was Reiter who provided reporters with the internal memo from a Weinstein Company employee who described his routine of harassment towards junior female employees and actresses. It was also Irwin Reiter alerted The New York Times journalists and authors of this book, Kantor and Twohey, who were at the time investigating decades old financial settlements for sexual harassment, to other more recent accusations against Harvey Weinstein.
Additionally, She Said discloses the identity of another of Weinstein’s accusers who received a settlement in 1998 after Mr. Weinstein allegedly assaulted her in a hotel room. For the past 15 years, she avoided inquiries from journalists. Rowena Chiu, a former assistant at Miramax, shares the details of the incident, her struggle with mental health, and her attempted suicide for the first time after being silenced by a restrictive nondisclosure agreement.
The book also shines a light on how the sensitive investigation of the Weinstein Scandal was handled by journalists. She Said features accounts from journalists as they tried to identify recipients of secret settlements and nondisclosure agreements, and the first phone calls they had with actresses who were thought to have stories about sexual harassment.
She Said also gives time to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which will be further explored in another upcoming book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh by Times reporters, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly. Despite the fact that Dr. Ford’s story is often used as a precautionary tale of the limitations of speaking up and the cost for victims who do so, She Said focuses on the positive side, which saw women, motivated by Ford, opening up about sexual assault. In She Said, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey write about an interview they conducted featuring Dr. Ford and a group of other women all of whom had made accusations against President Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein. As Dr. Ford and the other women spoke, Ms. Chui the victim who had been silenced for 15 years made her decision to speak on the record for the first time.
All this and a lot more evidence and testimony features in She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, which is due to be published 10th September by Penguin Press.