A woman who works with sexual misconduct survivors says Harvey Weinstein's tentative $25 million settlement isn't surprising because victims are used to settling for 'less than what we deserve'

Business Insider | 12/14/2019 | Kelly McLaughlin
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Laura Palumbo, communications director for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, told Insider that she's not surprised by Harvey Weinstein's tentative $25 million settlement with women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

Palumbo said having to settle for less than what is deserved is "just a reality" for many victims of sexual assault.

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In the tentative settlement, Weinstein won't have to admit any wrongdoing, and the funds will be paid by Weinstein Company insurers.

More than 30 women — both actresses and Weinstein Company employees —have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. The settlement would resolve several civil lawsuits that have been filed against him since 2017.

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The spokeswoman for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NS VRC) told Insider that she's not surprised by the tentative Harvey Weinstein settlement because getting a lower settlement than what is deserved is "just a reality" for many victims of sexual assault.

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The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio had reached a $25 million tentative settlement with dozens of actresses and former Weinstein Company employees who had accused the disgraced Hollywood mogul of sexual misconduct, ranging from harassment to rape.

The terms of the settlement state that, if approved, Weinstein would not have to admit any wrongdoing, and the settlement would be paid by the Weinstein Company insurers rather than directly by Weinstein, lawyers told The Times.

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Laura Palumbo, communications director for the NSVRC, told Insider that parts of the settlement are likely beneficial to the accusers, but also disappointing.

"What is hardest about that is for so many survivors, that expectation that we're actually going to have to settle, no matter what, for less than we deserve is just a reality," she said.

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She said that Weinstein not paying the settlement himself is "disheartening"...
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