A federal judge won’t give preliminary approval to a proposed $18.9 million settlement between
U.S. District Judge
“Not every woman was captured in the same way,” Hellerstein said. “Your settlement would create inequality among all of those people.”
The deal was negotiated with the help of New York Attorney General
Lawyers for women who opted out of the settlement lauded Hellerstein’s decision. They had been critical of the deal, saying it overpaid lawyers and underpaid victims while forcing Weinstein to pay nothing.
“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,” said
The women agreeing to the proposed settlement -- female actors and screenwriters -- sued the movie mogul in December 2017, alleging his namesake company, its officers and directors, and Miramax, the studio he once ran, enabled his predatory conduct. The only remaining defendant in the case is Weinstein, after others won dismissals.
“We’ve long held that we needed to find justice for all the women that Weinstein preyed upon in a fair and equitable way,”
Fegan and Berman said they will appeal an earlier court dismissal of claims against the Weinstein Co. board of directors, who they say knew of Weinstein’s behavior and did nothing to stop it.
“We believe they should be held accountable for their silence and inaction,” the attorneys said. “The brave women who stood up to Weinstein and filed this action deserve our admiration, and we will continue to fight on their behalf.”
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence at a maximum security prison in upstate New York after his conviction at a trial this year.
The case is Geiss v Weinstein, 17-cv-9554, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.
(Updates with comments from plaintiffs)
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