NEW YORK—Six ladies who declare they have been sexually abused by Harvey Weinstein urged a U.S. decide on Monday to reject an $18.9 million settlement with the disgraced film producer, the board of his former studio and other accusers.
The settlement introduced on June 30 would finish litigation by New York Lawyer Common Letitia James and separate class-action litigation, and allow accusers to say $7,500 to $750,000 every.
However in a Manhattan federal courtroom filing, the six ladies stated accusers would obtain simply $11.2 million after deducting authorized charges and costs, with typical awards of simply $10,000 to $20,000, whereas shielding the defendants’ insurers from massive payouts.
Additionally they complained that the accord “absolved” Weinstein, his brother Bob Weinstein and the board of liability, whereas setting apart one other $15.2 million to assist cowl their protection costs.
The settlement is “a merciless hoax” and among “probably the most one-sided and unfair class settlements in historical past,” the submitting stated. “The primary winners … are Harvey Weinstein, Robert Weinstein, and the ultra-wealthy former administrators of The Weinstein Co.”
James’ workplace and a lawyer for Weinstein did not respond to requests for remark. Gerald Maatman, a lawyer for the Weinstein Cos, declined to comment.
The settlement requires approval by U.S. District Decide Alvin Hellerstein.
In 2010, he initially rejected a settlement for staff affected by well being issues after the Sept. 11, 2001 assaults, saying he wouldn't approve it “based mostly on worry or ignorance.”
Weinstein, 68, is serving a 23-year prison term following his Feb. 24 conviction for sexually assaulting a former manufacturing assistant and raping a onetime aspiring actress.
He is interesting, and nonetheless faces rape and sexual assault costs in Los Angeles.
The responsible verdict was a milestone for the #MeToo movement, which beginning in late 2017 inspired ladies to accuse a whole lot of highly effective men in business, entertainment, media, politics and different fields of sexual misconduct.
By Jonathan Stempel