Harvey Weinstein victims awarded $19 million in compensation fund
Dozens of victims of convicted serial sexual predator Harvey Weinstein are set to get $19 million in compensation, according to a settlement deal that was announced by the New York Attorney General.
“Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company failed their female employees. After all the harassment, threats, and discrimination, their victims are finally receiving some justice,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement announcing the deal.
The settlement is set to bring to an end a civil rights lawsuit filed in 2018 by the New York Attorney General’s office against Weinstein, Robert Weinstein and the Weinstein companies at large for “egregious violations of New York’s civil rights, human rights, and business laws.”
Under the agreement, the women will be freed from confidentiality clauses that prevented them from speaking out about their abuse suffered at the hands of Weinstein.
“Women who were forced to sign confidentiality agreements will also be freed from those clauses and finally be able to speak,” the Attorney General said.
However, some of the victims’ legal representatives have spoken out against the deal, describing it as a “sellout”.
“The proposed settlement is a complete sellout of the Weinstein survivors and we are surprised that the attorney general could somehow boast about a proposal that fails on so many different levels,” lawyers Douglas H Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer, who represent six accusers, said.
Weinstein is serving 23 years in prison in New York after being convicted of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He’s also facing several charges in Los Angeles. Daily Mast