Harvey Weinstein: Judge rejects $19m deal with accusers

A US judge has rejected a $19m (£15.1m) settlement between Harvey Weinstein and some of his accusers.

Weinstein’s accusers in the proposed class-action settlement were too varied to be grouped together, Judge Alvin K Hellerstein said in Manhattan.

Lawyers for several women who had opposed the deal praised the judge’s swift rejection of what they described as a one-sided proposal.

A spokesman for Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault, did not immediately comment. A lawyer for his companies also declined to comment.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, who announced the tentative agreement on 30 June, said her office is reviewing the decision and determining its next steps.

“Our office has been fighting tirelessly to provide these brave women with the justice they are owed and will continue to do so,” a spokesman for Ms James said.

The deal to settle lawsuits would have provided between $7,500 (£5,973) and $750,000 (£597,348) to some of Weinstein’s accusers.

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