Harvey Weinstein accusers are awarded nearly $19MILLION payout and released from their NDAs

Harvey Weinstein accusers are awarded nearly $19MILLION payout and released from their NDAs

Dozens of Harvey Weistein's sexual misconduct accusers will receive a nearly $19million settlement, the New York Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday. A victims' compensation fund of $18,875,000 will be created and distributed among 'women who experienced a hostile work environment, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination while working at The Weinstein Company, as well as sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein,' the attorney general’s office said. However, it's not clear how many victims will receive the payout. In the agreement survivors will also be released from their confidentiality, non-disclosure, or non-disparagement agreements with the Weinstein Company and any former representatives of the company related to Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. In the powerful move, victims and those silenced by Weinstein’s decades of storied predatory behavior and abusive leadership can speak out freely without fear of retribution. The settlement is an effort to resolve two lawsuits against Weinstein, who was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape and sentenced to 23 years in prison in March. The settlement stems from a 2018 civil rights lawsuit filed by the New York AG’s office against the disgraced movie producer, his brother Robert Weinstein and the Weinstein companies at large for 'egregious violations of New York’s civil rights, human rights, and business laws.' That lawsuit accused Weinstein and his company of leading a hostile work environment. The settlement would also end a separate class-action lawsuit brought in 2017 on behalf of nine women who accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault ...
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