Harvey Weinstein: Some accusers denounce $19m ‘sellout’ settlement

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US – Two lawsuits against Harvey Weinstein are to be settled for a proposed $18.9million, announced the New York Attorney General.

This fund is set to be distributed between dozens of women who have accused the Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct.

However, lawyers representing six of the women who have accused Weinstein have criticised the proposal as a ‘complete sellout’.

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape.

The settlement announced on Tuesday would resolve a lawsuit filed in 2018 against Weinstein, his production company, and his brother by the New York Attorney General. It would also settle a separate class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of women who have accused him of sexual harassment or assault.

“After all the harassment, threats, and discrimination, these survivors are finally receiving some semblance of justice,” Attorney General Letitia James said.

“Women who were forced to sign confidentiality agreements will also be freed from those clauses and finally be able to speak.”

The settlement would need to be approved by a federal judge and bankruptcy court.

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