A group of victims who had filed complaints for sexual misconduct and harassment against Harvey Weinstein has obtained $ 19 million in compensation. According to Variety, the members of the class action – which would be more than 30 women – expect now that the payment is approved by the courts.
Once the grant is approved, the money will create a fund for victims to help abused women by Harvey Weinstein to make confidential requests for damages and interest are separated, in certain circumstances. In addition to putting an end to the trial of the victims, filed November 2017, the money will pay for another lawsuit filed by the attorney general’s Office in February 2018 against Harvey Weinstein, his brother Bob Weinstein, and their company, The Weinstein Company due to the hostile working atmosphere in the company.
Reacting to this regulation, the attorney general Letitia James said: “Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company have let down their employees. After all the harassment, threats and discrimination, these survivors receive finally a little justice. For more than two years, my office has fought relentlessly for justice for the women whose lives have been turned upside down by Harvey Weinstein. This agreement is a victory for all women who have been victims of sexual harassment, discrimination, intimidation or retaliation from their employer. I thank the courageous women who came forward to share their stories with my office. I will carry their stories in my heart and I will never stop fighting for the right of every person to be able to work without being harassed.”
But the agreement has not gone well with all the victims of the class action. Lawyers representing six of the women have called it a “capitulation”, because it does not require that Harvey Weinstein himself accepts the responsibility or pays money out of his own pocket. In addition, it is considerably less than the amount that the women had requested at the outset.
Harvey Weinstein is currently serving a sentence of 23 years in a New York prison after being convicted of sexual assault and rape in the third degree.