'I thought it was consensual philandering': Harvey Weinstein's ex-assistant recalls the parade of women in and out of mogul's office and hotel rooms but insists he's been blindsided by sexual assault allegations

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One of Harvey Weinstein's former assistants is speaking out - saying he was just as shocked as everyone else to hear his ex-boss had been accused of sexual harassment and even rape.

The former assistant, who asked not to be identified, spoke with CBS This Morning on Thursday.

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He said he went to work for the former Weinstein Co. co-chairman because he wanted to work as a movie producer and knew before he got the job that the media titan had a reputation for being a 'bully'.

The former assistant, who worked for Weinstein for more than a decade, confirmed that Harvey took many a closed-door meeting with actresses in hotel rooms - and suspected that the producer was cheating on his wife with the women he met with.

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But he insists that he never knew Weinstein was harassing or assaulting women.

The former assistant says these meetings were organized entirely by Weinstein himself and 'kept apart very meticulously' from the rest of the staff, which included his three to four assistants.

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'We would be in the room with him, doing normal business, having meetings with filmmakers and actors, and writers and directors and other producers, and executives.

'And then we would be told at 2 o'clock so-and-so was coming to the room. Make yourself scarce. And we wouldn't even be there, we would be gone. And then he would call us an hour or two later, and say, "Ok, come back up." And that was it,' the former assistant says.

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He says nothing he saw would have ever made him think women were being hurt.

'I never, I never walked into a situation that I felt like somebody had just been victimized in a room that I was walking into. Or, you know, I never saw somebody fighting with him...
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