The Harvey Weinstein survivors, women who were the victim of sexual assault, abuse and harassment over a prolonged period of time, have been awarded $19million in the new settlement.
Weinstein, a former film producer who sat atop of Hollywood after founding the entertainment company Miramax and The Weinstein Company, is now a convicted rapist and is currently serving 23 years in prison after being found guilty of two out of five sex crimes.
The sex offender, who has been the subject of allegations made by more than 80 women, sparked the #MeToo movement as a wave of victims came forward to bravely speak out against his actions. Those courageous women managed to kickstart the “Weinstein effect”, a trend which unearthed numerous crimes committed by men in positions of power across the globe.
Now, as part of a class-action lawsuit which was aided by the New York Attorney General, the survivors of his crimes have been awarded $18.875 million as part of a new settlement,” according to Variety. The settlement must now seek approval by the bankruptcy and district courts.
If the settlement is granted approval, the money will be used to create a fund to aid the many women who were subject to abuse at the hands of Weinstein.
“Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company failed their female employees. After all the harassment, threats and discrimination, these survivors are finally receiving some justice,” said Attorney General Letitia James.
“For more than two years, my office has fought tirelessly in the pursuit of justice for the women whose lives were upended by Harvey Weinstein. This agreement is a win for every woman who has experienced sexual harassment, discrimination, intimidation or retaliation by her employer. I thank the brave women who came forward to share their stories with my office. I will forever carry their stories in my heart and never stop fighting for the right of every single person to be able to work harassment-free.”