Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is close to reaching a settlement that could see him avoid jail time or having to pay any of his own money to his alleged victims and actress and activist Emily Ratajkowski is not happy with the news. Not one bit. Ratajkowski was at the Hollywood premiere of the Safdie brothers’ new film Uncut Gems, supporting her producer husband Sebastian Bear-McClard, and posed on the red carpet, showing off the phrase “F*** Harvey” that she had written on the inside of her left arm.
Ratajkowski tweeted about her disgust over Weinstein’s possible settlement earlier in the day, writing “Today Harvey Weinstein and his former studio made a $25 million deal with his victims. Weinstein, accused of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape, won’t have to admit wrongdoing or pay his own money.”
Today Harvey Weinstein and his former studio made a $25 million deal with his victims. Weinstein, accused of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape, won’t have to admit wrongdoing or pay his own money. #nojusticenopeace #HarveyWeinstein pic.twitter.com/zKQNWyoW1o
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) December 12, 2019
She went a step further in displaying her criticism about the settlement with the bold statement that made clear she does not think the terms of Weinstein’s deal are fair.
The possible deal brokered by Weinstein’s now-bankrupt Weinstein Studios board focuses on the more than 30 women who came forward with allegations of sexual assault by the Hollywood producer, which ranged from inappropriate touching to rape. According to the New York Times, this deal would mean an end to any further lawsuits against Weinstein. The producer would not have to admit any wrongdoing, would avoid jail time, and all settlements as well as legal fees would be covered by his insurance company and not by Weinstein himself.
Of the $25 million that would be awarded in the tentative settlement, $12 million would go towards lawyer’s fees for Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob Weinstein, as well as other members of the board. Eighteen of the alleged victims would split $6.2 million, with no victim receiving more than $500,000. The NYT reports that a separate lump sum of $18.5 million would be set aside for anyone who was part of the class action lawsuit against Weinstein and any future claimants. Producer Alexandra Canosa and actor Wedil David are reportedly planning to challenge the agreement. Weinstein was present in court in New York on Wednesday, where he was photographed using a walker, pointing to the 67-year-old’s apparent declining health.
There are other alleged victims, including Ashley Judd, who are pursuing separate court cases against Weinstein. The new settlement does not cover the upcoming criminal trial against Weinstein which is set to begin in January. Two women have accused Weinstein of rape and while others have come forward with similar allegations, Weinstein’s three-decades of predatory behaviour means the statue of liability has passed in many cases.
This isn’t Ratajkowki’s first time taking a political stand publicly. She’s been a fixture at protests, arguing for the protection of immigrants and equality, she often speaks out about different ways to be a feminist and also threw her celebrity status behind U.S. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.