Harvey Weinstein survivors awarded £15m settlement to create compensation fund

Isobel Lewis
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Harvey Weinstein arrives to the courthouse on 24 February 2020 in New York City: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images
Harvey Weinstein arrives to the courthouse on 24 February 2020 in New York City: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images

Harvey Weinstein’s victims have been awarded a £15.2m ($18.8m) settlement for their experiences of sexual assault and harassment.

Following Weinstein’s conviction for sexual assault and rape in February, two class-action lawsuits against the producer have been resolved with the help of the New York Attorney General.

The payments, which must be approved by the bankruptcy court, will see over £15m paid out from the lawsuits, one of which was filed against Weinstein and Bob Weinstein in February 2018 as part an investigation into the working culture at The Weinstein Company.

A separate lawsuit was brought in November 2017 on behalf of a group of women who claimed to have been sexually harassed and halted by the producer.

Speaking about the settlement, Attorney General Letitia James said: “Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company failed their female employees. After all the harassment, threats, and discrimination, these survivors are finally receiving some justice.”

As well as his current conviction in New York, Weinstein is facing additional sexual assault charges in Los Angeles.

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