Judge rejects $19 million settlement

Two weeks ago, victims of Harvey Weinstein settled on a $19 million payment to be shared. But the judge rejected that deal negotiated by New York Attorney General’s Office.

Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said in court on Tuesday, (quote) “I will not give preliminary approval to the settlement.”

Six accusers complained about the $19 million agreement, which they called “one of the most one-sided and unfair class settlements in history.” They claimed the lion’s share would go to attorneys leaving them “only $10,000 to $20,000” each.

Judge Hellerstein told the lawyers to seek a better agreement. The initial settlement did not require Weinstein to admit wrongdoing. It forced the New York Attorney General to cease litigation against Weinstein and his production company board members. In addition, the deal established a million dollar defense fund for Weinstein to tap if more women sued. (The Hollywood Reporter)