NY politicians react to Harvey Weinstein's settlement


A multi-million-dollar financial settlement offered to several women by former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been dismissed as "unfair" by the lawyer for one of one of his accusers. It must be signed by all parties and to court approval. The new settlement does not cover the upcoming criminal trial against Weinstein which is set to begin in January. His bail was increased from $1 million to $5 million on Wednesday for allegedly mishandling his electronic ankle monitor. His other clients include a woman who was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse, who has a claim against Weinstein and the Disney company and a woman who will testify against Weinstein in his criminal case.

Ms Canosa said she meant to persist with her individual lawsuit against Mr Weinstein.

The settlement arrangement of $A36 million will never require Weinstein to admit any wrongdoing on their component or make any out-of-pocket payments to your of this so-called accusers, the New York Times reported yesterday.

It said that the $25 million figure would be a part of a larger $47 million settlement to clean the slate of his company. Because of the statutes limitations related to sexual assault, numerous women who say they suffered due to his actions were not able to press formal charges; others may have chosen to forego such a process for other reasons.

An eight-figure deal would settle suits of more than 30 actresses and former employees who have accused the former Hollywood mogul of sexual harassment or rape, according to a report published by the New York Times on December 12, citing lawyers who participated in the talks.

One plaintiff backing the deal, Louisette Geiss, told Associated Press (AP) news agency: "This settlement will ensure that all survivors have the chance for recovery and can move forward without Harvey's damaging lock on their careers".

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Lawyer Thomas Giuffra said, "I think it's an outrage".

Douglas Wigdor told the BBC: "We reject the notion that this was the best settlement that could have been achieved". Even after doing so, the agreement could still break apart if enough of the accusers' lawyers object to the terms.

Rebecca Goldman, chief operating officer of the Time's Up gender equality initiative, called the deal "more than a math problem - it's a symptom of a problematic broken system that privileges powerful abusers at the expense of survivors".

Weinstein shuffled into a pre-trial hearing in Manhattan with a walking frame.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. He has denied non-consensual sex allegations.

The accusations came after the New York Times published a story in October 2017 detailing decades of allegations.