Harvey Weinstein’s former staff members will share a $18,875,000 (£15m) settlement, the New York Attorney’s Office has said after reaching a deal with The Weinstein Company.
New York Attorney General Letitia James said the victims fund is ‘a win for every woman who has experienced sexual harassment, discrimination, intimidation, or retaliation by her employer.’
The Attorney General’s office said in a statement: ‘Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company failed their female employees. After all the harassment, threats, and discrimination, these survivors are finally receiving some justice.
‘For more than two years, my office has fought tirelessly in the pursuit of justice for the women whose lives were upended by Harvey Weinstein.
‘This agreement is a win for every woman who has experienced sexual harassment, discrimination, intimidation, or retaliation by her employer. I thank the brave women who came forward to share their stories with my office.
‘I will forever carry their stories in my heart and never stop fighting for the right of every single person to be able to work harassment-free.’
Lawyers for six of the accusers have called the settlement a ‘complete sell out’, telling CNN that it means Weinstein will avoid accepting responsibility and does not personally have to pay any money into the fund.
It comes after the lawsuit against Weinstein, his brother Bob and the company was filed in February 2018.
The agreement is yet to be approved by the district court.
Earlier this year the disgraced film producer was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted of sex crimes including rape.
He was found guilty of two counts – criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.
The jury found Weinstein not guilty on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, which could have resulted in a life sentence for the former Hollywood producer. He had pleaded not guilty to all charges.
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