JUDGE REJECTS US$19M HARVEY WEINSTEIN DEAL WITH ACCUSERS
Los Angeles: A US$19 million (FJ$ 40.89m) settlement between Harvey Weinstein and some of his accusers and the state of New York was rejected on Tuesday by a judge.
US District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in Manhattan said Weinstein’s accusers in the proposed class-action settlement were too varied to be grouped together. Three lawyers for several women who had opposed the deal praised what they described as Hellerstein’s swift rejection of a onesided proposal.
“We have been saying for over a year and a half that the settlement terms and conditions were unfair and should never be imposed on sexual assault survivors,” the lawyers wrote in a statement released by one of the attorneys, Douglas Wigdor.