Two civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct against convicted former Hollywood director Harvey Weinstein have reached a settlement of nearly $ 19 million on behalf of several women, lawyers say Tuesday.
But lawyers representing six of the women who have brought charges against Weinstein call the proposed deal a “full sale.” The 68-year-old former film producer has no obligation to take responsibility or pay out of pocket.
Lawyers Douglas Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer said the settlement was “very unfair” against their clients and other women who would not have the right to bring claims against Weinstein and others in court.
“We are shocked that the Attorney General is in favour of this unfair and unfair proposal, and on behalf of our clients, we will strongly object to the court,” Wigdor and Mintzer said in a written statement.
The settlement, which has yet to be approved by a federal judge and bankruptcy court, would solve a lawsuit filed in 2018 by the New York Attorney General’s office against Weinstein, his production company, and his brother.
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for sex crimes in a secure prison in New York State.