U.S. judge approves $17 million payment to victims of Weinstein’s harassment

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U.S. bankruptcy judge has approved a liquidation plan for the bankrupt production company Weinstein Co. that will pay a total of $17.1 million to victims of sexual harassment by American producer Harvey Weinstein. This was reported by Variety on Monday, January 25.

According to preliminary reports, the funds will be transferred to a special fund, and then divided among the 50 claimants. Such a plan was voted on by the victims of harassment themselves, of whom 39 were in favor and eight voted against. According to the judge, without such a settlement plan, victims may have received minimal or no compensation.

On October 2, 2020, it was reported that producer Harvey Weinstein had been charged with six more counts of sexual misconduct. The cases involve two victims and relate to incidents that occurred more than 10 years ago.

On March 11, a court in New York sentenced Weinstein to 23 years in prison for raping two women at different times in 2013. Another trial awaits the producer in Los Angeles, at the end of which he could receive up to 29 years in prison.

At the same time, in the summer it became known that the women, who previously accused the American film producer of sexual harassment and discrimination, will receive compensation totaling $19 million.