“Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company failed to their female employees. After all, the harassment, the threats, and discrimination, their victims are finally some justice, ” Attorney General of New York Letitia James said in a statement.
The settlement stems from 2018 civil rights complaint filed by the New York Attorney General’s office against Weinstein, Robert Weinstein and the Weinstein companies for “gross violations of New York city, civil rights, human rights, and business law,” the prosecutor’s office said at the time.
In the framework of the plan, a $ 18,875,000 victims ‘compensation fund will be created and distributed among the women who have experienced a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and sex discrimination while working at The Weinstein Company, as well as sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein,” the attorney general’s office said.
In the framework of the agreement, the survivors will also be released from confidentiality, non-disclosure or non-disparagement agreements with The Weinstein Company or one of the former representatives of the company related to any sexual misconduct by Weinstein. They will now be free to tell their stories, without fear of retaliation, prosecutors have said.
Douglas H. Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer, the lawyers of several of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged victims, said that they are in disagreement with the regulation and consider that it is deeply unfair for several reasons, including because Weinsten does not accept responsibility for his actions.
“The proposed regulation is a complete system of sale to the cutting of the Weinstein survivors and we are surprised that the Attorney General could boast of a proposal that fails on so many different levels,” the lawyer told CNN in a statement.
“We are completely astounded that the Attorney General is to take a lap of honour for this unfair and inequitable to the proposal, and on behalf of our clients, we will be opposing it vigorously in court,” they added.
CNN has reached out to the Weinstein representatives.
Weinstein is serving 23 years in prison in New York after having been convicted of committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He’s facing several charges in Los Angeles, including forcible rape, sexual penetration by the use of force, and sexual battery. Weinstein has denied the allegations.
The former producer has been assigned to the Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Alden, New York.