Women harassed or assaulted while working for Harvey Weinstein and his production company should soon be able to be compensated by a fund endowed with $ 19 million. The deal is said to end two lawsuits.
If accepted, he will end a lawsuit brought in federal civil justice against the ex-Hollywood producer – who is currently serving a 23 year prison sentence – as well as the complaint filed in February 2018 by the New York prosecutor against the ex-producer, accused of having demanded sexual favors from certain employees with the complicity of his company.
“A deeply unfair agreement”
“After all the harassment, threats, discrimination, these victims will finally see justice done,” said the prosecutor.
Louisette Geiss, one of the women at the origin of the collective complaint against the ex-producer, welcomed the creation of a fund which will compensate “many victims who lost their careers , and much more”.
Lawyers Douglas Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer, representing six alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein, however, denounced a draft agreement “deeply unfair”.
They notably underlined that Harvey Weinstein accepted no responsibility for his actions there, that he would not contribute financially to the fund, and that the victims who would nevertheless want to sue the insurance companies of the producer and his company do not will be able more because they will be released from any obligation by the agreement.
Settle all debts
The prosecutor’s press release on Tuesday does not mention another draft agreement announced in December 2019, which provided for the payment of some $ 25 million to alleged victims as part of a comprehensive agreement that would settle all debts, contentious and bonds of the Weinstein Company.
dpa / jfe