Dozens of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct accusers will receive a nearly $19million settlement, the New York Attorney General’s office has announced.
A victims’ compensation fund of $18,875,000 will be created and distributed among dozens of accusers if approved by judges in federal courts. However, it’s not clear how many accusers will receive the payout.
In the agreement survivors will also be released from their confidentiality, non-disclosure, or non-disparagement agreements with the Weinstein Company and any former representatives of the company related to Weinstein’s sexual misconduct.
The settlement is an effort to resolve two lawsuits against Weinstein, who was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual assault and third-degree rape and sentenced to 23 years in prison in March.
The settlement stems from a 2018 civil rights lawsuit filed by the New York AG’s office against the disgraced movie producer, his brother Robert Weinstein and the Weinstein companies at large for ‘egregious violations of New York’s civil rights, human rights, and business laws.’
That lawsuit accused Weinstein and his company of leading a hostile work environment.
The settlement would also end a separate class-action lawsuit brought in 2017 on behalf of nine women who accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.
Under the plan the fund will be distributed among ‘women who experienced a hostile work environment, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination while working at The Weinstein Company, as well as sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein,’ the attorney general’s office said.
‘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.
‘This agreement is a win for every woman who has experienced sexual harassment, discrimination, intimidation, or retaliation by her employer,’ James said.
The agreement still has to be approved by the district court as well as the bankruptcy court presiding over the Weinstein Company’s bankruptcy case.