Lawyers for Ms. Huett, a mannequin, actress and gender equality activist, and a handful of different girls who voted towards the settlement, mentioned they’re contemplating enchantment. They don’t want to bar any survivors from collaborating within the deal, they mentioned, however have additionally objected to the grouping of girls with allegations of rape, and whose instances are inside the statute of limitations, alongside individuals who say they skilled harassment years in the past.
The victims ought to have been divided into lessons relying on the severity of their allegations, mentioned Thomas P. Giuffra, a lawyer concerned within the case. Otherwise, “somebody who’s been raped has the same vote as somebody who, Harvey Weinstein screamed in their face,” which the producer was recognized to do often, to women and men.
Mr. Giuffra’s consumer, Alexandra Canosa, whose swimsuit accused Weinstein of raping her, was within the midst of a nine-hour deposition in her case when the chapter court docket ruling got here down, he mentioned. A deposition for Bob Weinstein was scheduled for Wednesday, however the district decide within the case canceled it, asking that Ms. Canosa make a direct choice about whether or not to be a part of the settlement, Mr. Giuffra mentioned, a quick turnaround that he referred to as “frankly shocking to all of us.”
Mr. Giuffra mentioned that, as of now, his consumer wouldn’t participate within the settlement, partially as a result of its final result remains to be unclear. “She doesn’t know what she’s getting and she won’t know until she goes through the claims process,” he mentioned. “How can you say you’ll accept something before you know what that something is?”
Beth Fegan, a lawyer for a number of girls who supported the settlement, mentioned in an announcement that Mr. Weinstein “caused irremediable harm with his decades-long, predatory sexual abuse.” The fund permits her shoppers, Louisette Geiss, Sarah Ann Masse and Melissa Thompson, to “apply for meaningful monetary compensation for their injuries in a confidential process.”