Harvey Weinstein Settlement With Accusers Rejected by Judge

“The idea that Harvey Weinstein can get a defense fund ahead of the claimants is obnoxious,” U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein says Tuesday

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U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein Tuesday rejected the proposed settlement of the misconduct cases against Harvey Weinstein. The settlement includes a $18.9 million victims’ fund.

“The idea that Harvey Weinstein can get a defense fund ahead of the claimants is obnoxious,” U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said Tuesday.

“This is not a class action,” Hellerstein added. “I will not give preliminary approval to the settlement.”

The decision came one day after attorneys for Weinstein accusers Wedil David, Dominique Huett, Kaja Sokola, Rowena Chiu, Zelda Perkins and Tarale Wulff filed an opposition document to the proposed settlement.

They said the settlement was a “cruel hoax” in the document, reviewed by TheWrap.

The lawyers said that with the settlement, Weinstein would not accept responsibility for his actions. The settlement, they said, was one-sided and unfair.

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Editors note: A previous version of this story stated an incorrect value of the settlement fund.

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