Nine women who sued convicted of rape Harvey Weinstein has reached nearly $ 19 million settlement Tuesday in the lawsuit, which alleges that the disgraced film mogul is a serial harasser and sexual abuser, their lawyers and officials have said.
The regulation, which would create a victims ‘ fund for the women who say they were abused by Weinstein, is still in need of approval in U.S. District Court in New York, according to a press release from the law firms FeganScott LLP and Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.
The complaint, filed in November 2017, also accuses former officers and directors of The Weinstein Company not to prevent his misconduct.
Attorney General of New York Letitia James said an agreement that would resolve a suit of his desk, filed two years ago, alleging that Weinstein, his younger brother, Robert, and their company maintained a hostile work environment.
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Caitlin Dulany, one of the nine plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said in a statement provided by James’ office: “We have fought a long and grueling battle in the courtroom. Harvey avoid accountability for decades, and it has been a very strong moment for us to unite and to demand justice. “
The counsel of six other women who have also accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, called the settlement a “sellout complete,” saying in a statement that he does not hold the Weinstein or people who knew about the allegations of misconduct responsible.
“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,” said the lawyer for these women, Douglas H. Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer.
The terms of the settlement would allow victims to submit confidential allegations that describe their experiences and the impact of the misconduct. Payment of damages and interest ranging from 7 500 $to 750 000$.
An attorney for Weinstein, who has always faced accusations of sex crimes in three separate incidents alleged to have occurred in Los Angeles, said he was focused on defending himself in the legal issues pending.
“With the closing of view on one front, Mr. Weinstein continues to be intensely concentrated in the defense of himself on any other legal matters, including the appeal of his criminal conviction, the civil proceedings, and the accusations against him in L. A.,” the advocate, Imran Ansari, said in a press release Tuesday evening. “He continues to exercise all legal remedies available to it and remains firm in the defense of these matters. “
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The announcement was about three months after Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for the rape of Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, and one count of engaging in a criminal sexual act against Mimi Haley, a former “Project Runway” production assistant.
Weinstein is serving his sentence in a maximum-security prison in the state of New York.