Women who accused Weinstein of harassment will receive $19 million

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Women who accused American film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and discrimination will receive compensation totalling $19 million, according to the website of the New York State Attorney General Leticia James.

The statement specifies that the agreement was reached in a number of proceedings against Weinstein, as well as his production company Weinstein Company.

The funds will be awarded to women who have been victims of Weinstein’s harassment, as well as to women who have worked for Weinstein Company and who have been discriminated against on the basis of their gender. It is not specified how many of these women can claim the payments.

Previously, about 80 women had publicly made accusations against Weinstein. It will be up to the court-appointed specialist to decide which of them is entitled to the payments. The Attorney General added that a special fund would be established from which compensation would be paid. In particular, it will be transferred to insurance companies that have cooperated with Weinstein Company.

The producer scandal broke out in 2017 after he was accused of harassment of actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and others. Several other women accused Weinstein of rape. In March 2020, a court in New York sentenced him to 23 years in prison.