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A $25 million settlement deal with Harvey Weinstein isn't justice

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Have you ever read a news headline and felt like it was personally spitting in your face? Something that shook you to your core in such a way that you had to shut down your phone, close the tab, or put down the newspaper and take a few deep breaths? This is what happened to me when, during a routine scroll down my Twitter feed, I came the New York Times headline: “Weinstein and His Accusers Reach Tentative $25 Million Deal”.

The story went as follows: according to Times, Harvey Weinstein, along with the board of his film studio, has “reached a tentative $25 million settlement agreement with dozens of his alleged sexual misconduct victims”. Such a deal, the paper notes, “would not require the Hollywood producer to admit wrongdoing or pay anything to his accusers himself, according to lawyers involved in the negotiations”.

A few paragraphs later comes the real kicker: “The settlement would require court approval and a final signoff by all parties. It would be paid by insurance companies representing the producer’s former studio, the Weinstein Company.”

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