Hollywood's disgraced Harvey Weinstein and a board of members from his now bankrupt studio has finally came to an agreement after two years of legal battles. Weinstein and a reported "dozens" of victims agreed to a $25 million deal. That sounds great for the victims of his repulsive misconduct, but there's a huge catch.
The deal looks great when it comes to the money, but it's also a landslide victory for Weinstein. He will NOT be required to admit any wrongdoing and he will NOT have to pay the accusers himself, as per the report in NY Times.
After two years of legal wrangling, Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative $25 million settlement agreement with dozens of his alleged sexual misconduct victims, a deal that would not require the Hollywood producer to admit wrongdoing or pay anything to his accusers himself, according to lawyers involved in the negotiations.
The proposed global legal settlement has gotten preliminary approval from the major parties involved, according to several of the lawyers. More than 30 actresses and former Weinstein employees, who in lawsuits have accused Mr. Weinstein of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape, would share in the payout — along with potential claimants who could join in coming months. The deal would bring to an end nearly every such lawsuit against him and his former company.
The settlement would require court approval and a final signoff by all parties. It would be paid by insurance companies representing the producer’s former studio, the Weinstein Company. Because the business is in bankruptcy proceedings, the women have had to make their claims along with its creditors. The payout to the accusers would be part of an overall $47 million settlement intended to close out the company’s obligations, according to a half-dozen lawyers, some of whom spoke about the proposed terms on the condition of anonymity.
Representatives for Mr. Weinstein declined to comment. Lawyers did not respond to requests for comment for board members and other parties.
The tentative deal wasn't very warm welcomed by everyone though. Some of the victims objected as soon as they heard about the deal.
NBC News reported:
But as soon as word of the proposal hit the web, some of the parties objected.
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"This settlement breaks my heart," Zoë Brock, a model who was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, said in a statement.
"I have signed it only because I have explored every other legal option and at this point have found no alternative," Brock said, adding: "Let us hope the criminal system does not go as easy on Harvey as the civil system has."
Douglas Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer, lawyers who represent two of the accusers, said they would "vigorously object" to any deal that seeks to block accusers who want to "proceed with holding Harvey Weinstein accountable for his actions, which is exactly what we intend to do."
So this disgraced Hollywood icon was allowed to treat people like this and his tentative deal doesn't require him to admit he was wrong, doesn't make him actually pay for it, and he will go on to live his life with no problem.
I guess that's why rich Hollywood people have good lawyers, but that doesn't mean it's right.
There's been numerous victims who put themselves at risk in his presence, but it seems like this deal lets that all slide for a bit of money.
I suppose the people who made their career after their incident with Weinstein are just happy for another payout, or it could mean something else.
Are the victims really victims or were some of them active participants in the game of "you know how this goes, and you know what to do to get a role in Hollywood?"
Were some of the victims purposely sleeping with Weinstein to advance their career?
We cannot dismiss that possibility.
I believe Weinstein abused his powers as a Hollywood star, but I also think some of the victims were going after him as much as he went after her.
We won't ever know the truth.