• Clodagh Meaney

€17 million settlement offered to Harvey Weinstein survivors is slammed by their lawyers

The lawyers state that the settlement doesn't require Harvey Weinstein to admit guilt.

A €17 ($19) million settlement offered to Harvey Weinstein survivors has been slammed by lawyers representing them.

The fund was proposed to settle two lawsuits against the former Hollywood film producer. The first of which involves his movie production company, The Weinstein Company, while the other is a class action brought by the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

The proposed settlement is awaiting approval by bankruptcy and district courts, and if approved would allow survivors to claim from the fund privately.

According to the Irish Examiner, lawyers Douglas H Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer, who represent six women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, said that they plan to challenge the settlement.

"The proposed settlement is a complete sellout of the Weinstein survivors and we are surprised that the attorney general could somehow boast about a proposal that fails on so many different levels."

“While we do not begrudge any survivor who truly wants to participate in this deal, as we understand the proposed agreement, it is deeply unfair for many reasons," the statement continued.

The lawyers also say that the settlement does not require Harvey Weinstein to admit guilt.

"We are completely astounded that the attorney general is taking a victory lap for this unfair and inequitable proposal and on behalf of our clients, we will be vigorously objecting in court.”

Caitlin Dulany, who said Weinstein assaulted her after meeting at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, is one of the survivors who have welcomed the settlement.

“When I came forward and shared my story about the assault, I knew there wouldn’t be a straight path to justice."

“Harvey avoided accountability for decades, leveraging his power to hide behind a web of deceit, and I was determined to join the class action to ensure meaningful change for all survivors,” she said, adding: “I am proud that this settlement will help so many women who are long overdue for justice and relief.”

Film producer Louisette Geiss, also welcomed the settlement.

“This important act of solidarity allowed us to use our collective voice to help those who had been silenced and to give back to the many, many survivors who lost their careers and more," she said in a statement.

"There is no amount of money that can make up for this injustice, but I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished today.”

The disgraced movie mogul went on trial in New York earlier this year accused of rape and criminal sex acts.

He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to 23 years in prison.

He faces further charges in Los Angeles.

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