A tentative $25 million settlement revealed Wednesday to end almost every sexual misconduct lawsuit brought against Harvey Weinstein and his former film studio's board was praised by a plaintiff and some lawyers but criticized by others who say those who opt out are punished.
The deal will have to be signed by all parties and get court approval to resolve nearly every misconduct lawsuit brought against him since 2017 and insulate company directors from future liability. He is still set to appear in court sometime in January to contend with sexual assault charges involving two women. Another $18.5 million would be put aside for women who are part of a class-action case, the NY attorney general's suit, and any future claimants, and would be doled out to said potential recipients based on the severity of Weinstein's alleged harm to them.
"While we don't begrudge victims who want to settle, we plan to vigorously object to any provision that tries to bind victims who want to proceed with holding Harvey Weinstein accountable for his actions", they said.
Ratajkowski is right - under the terms of the deal, the settlement money won't come out of Weinstein's pocket: It will be paid by his production company's insurance firm, reports the New York Times.
But several accusers and their lawyers have denounced the deal.
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The payout from a separate civil case will be shared among more than 30 actresses and former employees who have sued the 67-year-old for offences ranging from sexual harassment to rape.
One plaintiff backing the deal, Louisette Geiss, told Associated Press (AP) news agency: "This settlement will ensure that all survivors have the chance for recovery and can move forward without Harvey's damaging lock on their careers".
"The most troubling aspect of this settlement is a punitive provision created to force victims to settle", Giuffra said in a statement cited by The Associated Press.
Lawyer Thomas Giuffra said, "I think it's an outrage". David's lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, told the Times he objects to the current agreement.
Anti-sexual harassment campaign group Time's Up tweeted: "If this is the best the survivors could get, the system is broken".
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"I don't love it", one of Weinstein's alleged survivors, Katherine Kendall, said per the Times, "but I don't know how to go after him".
In October, three people confronted Weinstein when he made an appearance at a comedy club in Manhattan; he is now out on a $1 million bail in connection with the criminal charges.
He has consistently denied any non-consensual sexual activity.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges he raped a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. She said that number included the NY attorney general's office, which also had sued.
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