Harvey Weinstein Lawsuit Timeline: Settlements, Trials & Details

In 2017, the New York Times covered a string of settlements paid out by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein over multiple decades. Immediately following, Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow’s produced groundbreaking accounts of women victimized by Weinstein in New Yorker and Charmed tv-show actress, Alyssa Milano’s unforgettable hashtag #Metoo that went viral and spurred a whole movement across the world, making conversations about sexual assault and power a much needed commonplace in social media.

May 25, 2018

Once unbreakable Weinstein was arrested by the NYPD, and on May 30, Manhattan’s DA indicts on a first and third-degree rape, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Weinstein did not enter a plea but received bail for $1 million, surrendering his passport and agreeing to wear an electronic monitoring device. His travel was restricted to New York state and Connecticut.


The next hearing took place on July 30, 2018. Widespread backlash drove Harvey Weinstein’s company Weinstein Co. to bankruptcy, — facing hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and civil suits filed on behalf of Weinstein’s alleged victims. The company sold to Lantern Capital Partners in July 2018 for $289 million.

June 3, 2019

Three women (not involved in the criminal proceedings) file a separate allegation against Weinstein and his brother, Bob Weinstein, including a rape allegation.

Melissa Thompson, one of the accusers of the case, alleged that Weinstein assaulted her in Manhattan hotel bar in 2011.

According to The Associated Press, Caitlin Dulany, the second plaintiff of the case, was sexually assaulted, battered, threatened and falsely imprisoned in Weinstein’s hotel suite during the Cannes Film Festival in 1996.

Larissa Gomes, the third plaintiff, went to discuss work opportunities in film but ended up trapped in Weinstein’s hotel room, threatened and assaulted.

On July 2, 2019, the Manhattan DA pressed fresh changes, including predatory sexual assaults with a civil class action lawsuit and stated, “This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward.”

January 2019

The New York Times reported that judges cleared Harvey Weinstein’s dream of lawyers, as is the case in most high profile celebrity crimes, with Michael Jackson and O.J.Simpson both hiring notorious, Johny Cochran. Two of his lawyers, Jose Baez, and Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., represented one of Mr. Weinstein’s most vocal accusers, the actress Rose McGowan before joining the Weinstein defense posse.

May 2019

The Wall Street Journal reported on May 23 that the bankruptcy case would settle at a figure of $44 million, of which $30 million would be set aside for accusers, their attorneys, and other creditors. So basically, the accusers and victims would barely receive any compensation. WSJ also reported that insurance companies held by the Weinstein Co. and Miramax would pay for most of the settlement, so the company themselves would be facing very little.

14$ million would account for Weinstein Co. members. The outcome is quite disappointing when we note that Attorney General’s Office, which sued the Weinstein Co. for gender discrimination in February 2018, was pushing for a victims’ fund of $90 million before the company went bankrupt.

Actresses had anticipated injustice in the class-action civil lawsuit, while others have been disappointed and heartbroken over this news cycle. The final settlement will be revealed in a hearing on June 4, 2019.

British Kadian Noble, an actress who accused Mr. Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in Cannes, France, said that money doesn’t make take away her trauma.

However, before Hollywood and the rest of the world loses hope, Weinstein is yet to stand for his trial in September for his criminal charges, and if convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison.

Actress Ashley Judd says she is moving forward with a defamation lawsuit against Weinstein and Scream actress Rose McGowan also says she isn’t part of this either. To date, more than 80 women have come forward against one man, and disgraced Harvey has denied all allegations, although he acknowledged that he might’ve caused “a lot of pain.”

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