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A Tentative Settlement

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On Wednesday afternoon, the news broke that Harvey Weinstein had reached a tentative $25 million settlement with dozens of his accusers.

Apparently the numbers break down to 18 victims splitting $6.2 million and no individual getting more than $500k, and $18.5 million set aside for "for those in a class-action case and future claimants."

For those hoping that Weinstein will have to face some actual ramifications, this civil suit is not that: the disgraced producer will not have to admit to wrongdoing or pay any of his own money. The settlement will be covered by insurance agencies.

The Best Deal They Could Get?

Genie Harrison, a lawyer for one of the victims, told The New York Times, explained that this was the best deal that they could have hoped for.

"I don’t think there’s a markedly better deal to be made. We have really, truly done the best we can under the circumstances, and it’s important for other victims to know this, come forward and be able to get the best level of compensation we were able to get."

Others are not so satisfied. Time's Up posted on their Instagram account:

"Here's a math problem: 18 of 80+ victims split $6.2M. $12M+ goes towards legal fees for Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein & The Weinstein Company board.

Here's a bigger problem: if this is the best the survivors could get, the system is broke.

Zoe Brock, one of the survivors, said agreeing to the settlement terms made her feel "sick and defeated and hopeless." Today and every day these survivors should feel our support - and our collective power."

His Bail Was Upped

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According to The AP, Weinstein's bail was also upped to $2 million while he awaits his criminal trial. Weinstein has repeatedly violated his bail conditions for mishandling his ankle monitor.

Weinstein's attorney Donna Rotunno claimed that the issue boiled down to "technical difficulties," but prosecutor Joan Illuzzi rebutted, saying that "repeatedly, purposely left at home a piece of the monitoring technology that keeps the ankle bracelet activated," leaving hours of his time unaccounted for.

"I don't think it was the adding of the extra batteries. It was Mr. Weinstein’s panic that the court might change the bail."

Weinstein is facing criminal charges that he he raped a woman in a NYC hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. Weinstein is currently pleading not guilty.

Arriving With A Walker

Weinstein arrived at his bail hearing on Wednesday using a walker, but his legal team insisted that he wasn't doing it to earn sympathy. Rotunno explained:

"We wanted him to use a walker last week and Mr. Weinstein didn't want the press to think he was seeking sympathy. He is in pain, he's having surgery, and we will be back in court on January 6 for trial.

This is tough on anybody going through this and dealing with the scrutiny, not only in the court room but the court of public opinion, and this has been hard on him. He has some back issues that we're hoping to address this week, and that's where his health stands. You can tell, it's tough on him."

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