The civil lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General’s office against disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein has reached a settlement of $44 million to be paid by Weinstein Company insurance, according to The New York Times. The suit was filed by the state and alleged Weinstein, his brother Bob and their media company committed “egregious violations of New York’s civil rights, human rights, and business laws.”
The sum will be divided between $14 million in legal fees and $30 million which will go to the alleged victims, creditors and former employees of the company. The Weinstein Co. filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy last March and cancelled all NDAs previously signed by anyone “who suffered or witnessed any form of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein.”
Harvey Weinstein’s downfall began in October 2017 when The New Yorker and The New York Times exposed dozens of stories from women who had been sexually harassed, abused or discriminated against by Weinstein. At the time, Weinstein acknowledged his actions may not have been appropriate but denied ever engaging in non-consensual sex.
At this point, more than 80 women have accused the producer of some form of misconduct ranging in severity from inappropriate behaviour to rape and famous faces like Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino and Salma Hayek joined the chorus of voices to amplify the Me Too message. The ongoing scandal gave the movement increased visibility, which continues to see survivors coming out against men who have abused systems to commit and hide acts of sexual misconduct.
The recent Weinstein Co. settlement, however, does not affect the standing criminal charges against Weinstein which are set to be tried in New York in September. He is accused of forcibly performing oral sex on a woman in 2006 and raping another woman in a hotel room in 2013. The resulting charges are for first-degree rape, third-degree rape, performing a criminal sexual act in the first degree and two counts of predatory sexual assault.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.