Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein faced two sexual misconduct lawsuits filed by multiple women in 2018. The New York General Attorney announced Tuesday that a nearly $19 million settlement had been finally reached.
Harvey Weinstein is the producer behind blockbusters like Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and the Oscar-winning Shakespeare In Love.
“Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company failed their female employees. After all the harassment, threats, and discrimination, their victims are finally receiving some justice,” NY AG Letitia James said in a statement.
As per the settlement, a $18,875,000 victims’ compensation fund will be created and distributed among the female victims who faced “a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination” while working for Harvey Weinstein.
The agreement also frees the victims from bonds of confidentiality and non-disclosure with the Weinstein Co. or any of its former representatives, meaning that the survivors can tell their stories without fear of retribution.
While the Attorney General is lauding the settlement as “a win for every woman who has experienced sexual harassment, discrimination, intimidation,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers are not too pleased with the deal as it nowhere requires Weinstein to accept responsibility for his actions.
Harvey Weinstein’s case settlement “is a complete sellout of the Weinstein survivors”, the attorneys told CNN. “We are surprised that the Attorney General could somehow boast about a proposal that fails on so many different levels.”
“We are completely astounded that the Attorney General is taking a victory lap for this unfair and inequitable proposal, and on behalf of our clients, we will be vigorously objecting in court,” they added.
The proposed deal is yet to receive a green signal from the District Court and also the Bankruptcy Court, which is probing The Weinstein Company’s bankruptcy case.
Harvey Weinstein, 68, is currently serving 23 years in prison after being convicted of several charges including forcible rape and sexual battery earlier this year. Given his failing health, the long sentence could very well lead to Weinstein spending the rest of his life in prison.
He is spending jail-time in the Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison for males in New York.
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