9 girls who sued convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein reached an almost $19 million settlement on Tuesday within the lawsuit that alleged the disgraced film mogul was a serial sexual harasser and abuser, their legal professionals and officers mentioned.
The settlement, which is able to create a victims’ fund for girls who say they have been abused by Weinstein, nonetheless wants approval in federal district courtroom in New York Metropolis, in keeping with a press release from regulation agency FeganScott LLP and Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.
The swimsuit, filed in November 2017, additionally accuses former officers and administrators of The Weinstein Firm of failing to stop his misconduct.
New York Legal professional Normal Letitia James mentioned an settlement would resolve a swimsuit filed by her workplace two years in the past that alleged Weinstein, his youthful brother Robert and their firm maintained a hostile work atmosphere.
“We fought a protracted and grueling battle within the courtroom,” Caitlin Dulany, considered one of 9 plaintiffs within the swimsuit, mentioned in a press release supplied by James’ workplace. “Harvey prevented accountability for many years, and it was a strong second for us to band collectively and demand justice.”
Attorneys for six different girls who’ve additionally accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct known as the settlement a “full sellout,” saying in a press release that it doesn’t maintain Weinstein or individuals who knew of his alleged misconduct accountable.
“We’re fully astounded that the Legal professional Normal is taking a victory lap for this unfair and inequitable proposal, and on behalf of our purchasers, we shall be vigorously objecting in courtroom,” mentioned the legal professionals for these girls, Douglas H. Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer.
The phrases of the settlement enable victims to submit confidential claims describing their experiences and the impression of the misconduct. Funds for damages could vary from $7,500 to $750,000.
Representatives for Weinstein didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The announcement got here roughly three months after Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in jail for the rape of Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, and one rely of participating in a prison sexual act towards Mimi Haley, a former “Undertaking Runway” manufacturing assistant.
Weinstein is serving his sentence at a maximum-security jail in upstate New York.