#MeToo sexual abuse survivors lash Harvey Weinstein over $25 million settlement offer

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 13, 2019, 04.07 PM(IST)

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The much-publicised case seems to have come to an end-of-sorts as Harvey Weinstein and company offer to give money to close the case.

After Harvey Weinstein remained in headlines for the last past year and more, the former media mogul who was named by several women in #MeToo scandal now wants to get it all under the rug by proposing a $25 million settlement to the women survivors of sexual assault and rape. He had recently agreed to post additional security to ensure he will not flee a criminal sexual assault case after he allegedly failed to wear his electronic ankle monitor. He posted a $2 million insurance bond.

The much-publicised case seems to have come to an end-of-sorts as Harvey Weinstein and company offer to give money to close the case. It also makes a statement on the affairs of entertainment industries around the world where those in power go scot-free after abusing their power. 

The settlement offer is now getting criticised by lawyers of several women who were abused by Weinstein as they said that the deal kept aside far too little money for the victims and far too much cash for the perpetrator and his attorneys. 

Lawyer Thomas Giuffra said, “I think it’s an outrage. It’s a lousy number, it’s way too low,” said Giuffra, who called the overall design of the settlement “crazy.” He represents producer Alexandra Canosa, who accused Weinstein of rape and sexual abuse. 

Douglas Wigdor, a lawyer for three Weinstein accusers said, “This is the worst settlement I’ve seen in my entire career,” and added, “It’s a complete disaster. It leaves very little to the victims.” He represents actress Wedil David, who is opposing the deal. His other clients include a woman who was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse, who has a claim against Weinstein and the Disney company and a woman who will testify against Weinstein in his criminal case.

Both lawyers, Giuffra and Wigdor as reported on CNBC said that they would oppose keeping an additional $12 million to pay toward the legal costs of Harvey and Bob Weinstein, as well as of such costs for directors of their company.

#MeToo movement saw several women come forward with their sexual abuse stories. Harvey Weinstein was one of the first such high-profile case in which more than 30 women accused Weinstein. 

Weinstein is due to go on trial in January in Manhattan court on criminal charges of sexually assaulting two women. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.