Lawyers for women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape, are slamming a proposed $47 million settlement of claims against The Weinstein Company.
They say the deal gives too little to victims, and too much to Weinstein's lawyers, and possibly, Weinstein himself. All told, $25 million has been set aside for victims, $12 million has been earmarked to pay for Harvey and Bob Weinstein's legal costs. The remainder will go to directors of The Weinstein Company and insurers of The Weinstein Company as well.
"I think it's an outrage," said lawyer Thomas Giuffra of the proposed deal.
Douglas Wigdor, a lawyer for three Weinstein accusers said, "This is the worst settlement I've seen in my entire career."
He continued: "It's a complete disaster. It leaves very little to the victims."
More than 30 women have formally accused Weinstein of abuse. Some women will likely receive $500K each, but for other victims (and future claimants), it's unclear how much they will receive.
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Weinstein has bilateral laminectomy surgery in a bid to alleviate his sever back pain. At a court appearance last week, Weinstein appeared to have trouble walking on his own, leaning on aids and at other times, being seen with a walker.
But critics insist the back pain is a fake-out.
Twitter remains unconvinced about the validity of Weinstein's back issues. Wrote one: "Why do all these #OldDirtyBastards magically become handicapped when their asses are drug into court?" Bill Cosby also, as many noted, appeared to develop more serious eye issues ahead of his sex abuse trial.
Meanwhile, in an interview with The New York Post after what he said was a three-hour surgery to remove bone plates compressing his vertebrae, he fought back against claims he was faking his illness, and took credit for the advancement of women in the workplace.
Weinstein claimed: "I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I'm talking about 30 years ago. I'm not talking about now when it's vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!"
"It all got eviscerated because of what happened,'' Weinstein said. "My work has been forgotten.''
He continued: "Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003 got $10 million to make a movie called ‘View from the Top.' She was the highest-paid female actor in an independent film. Higher paid than all the men."
Weinstein's criminal trial begins next month.