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Weinstein accuser pushes back on proposed $25 million settlement


Added 12-12-19 09:10:03pm EST - “A lawyer for one of the women who brought lawsuits accusing Harvey Weinstein of ...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Weinstein accuser pushes back on proposed $25 million settlement”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for one of the women who brought lawsuits accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct said Thursday that a proposed $25 million settlement for most of the Hollywood producer’s alleged victims was unfair and designed to pressure her into accepting it.

Thomas Giuffra, who represents actress Alexandra Canosa, said after a hearing in Manhattan federal court that the accord set aside just $500,000 for his client, and that the money could be used to pay for Weinstein’s legal defense if she did not accept it.

“Either you take the money or we’re going to give the guns to the man who raped you,” Giuffra said. Canosa intends to persist with her individual lawsuit against Weinstein.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct dating back decades by more than 70 women, which helped spark the #MeToo movement. He has said any sexual encounters were consensual.

Giuffra also criticized New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose predecessor Eric Schneiderman had sued Weinstein under state civil rights laws, saying she was “basically working for Harvey” by supporting the $25 million payout.

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