“Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein company not the employees. After all the harassment, threats and discrimination, the victim finally gets some justice,” new York attorney General Letitia James – said in a statement.
According to the plan, $18,875,000 victims compensation Fund will be created and distributed among the “women who experienced a hostile environment at work, sexual harassment and gender discrimination while working in the company of Vainshtein and sexual violence by Harvey Weinstein,” the Prosecutor General’s office said.
As part of the agreement, the survivors, will also be relieved of the confidentiality, nondisclosure, or belittling agreements with the Weinstein company or of any of the former representatives of the company related to any irresponsible sexual behavior Weinstein. Now they will be free to tell their stories without fear of retribution, prosecutors said.
The agreement still must be approved by the district court and the Court of bankruptcy, who presides over the bankruptcy case Weinstein company.
“This agreement is a victory for every woman who has experienced sexual harassment, discrimination, intimidation or retaliation by their employer,” said James.
Douglas H. Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer, lawyers for several alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein, said they disagree with the decision and believe that it is deeply unfair for several reasons, including Weinsten is not responsible for their actions.
“The proposed agreement is a complete sellout survivor Weinstein and we are surprised that the attorney General could brag about the offer that not on so many different levels,” the lawyers told CNN in a statement.
“We are absolutely amazed at what the attorney General is taking a victory lap over this unjust and unequal proposal, and on behalf of our clients, we will actively argue in court,” they added.
CNN contacted representatives of Weinstein.
Weinstein is serving 23 years in prison in new York on charges of criminal sex in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He’s facing several charges in Los Angeles, including rape, sexual penetration by use of force and the violent acts of a sexual nature. Weinstein denied the allegations.
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