A US bankruptcy judge has approved a $ 17 million payout to dozens of women who accused jailed film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse.
68-year-old Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison last year after being convicted of rape and sexual assault.
Delaware Judge Mary Walrath on Monday approved the Weinstein Company’s liquidation plan that provides for payment.
She overturned the objections of several Weinstein victims who complained that the settlement prevented them from making other legal claims.
The money will be split among 37 women, which means they will likely receive six-figure amounts each.
Lawyers representing some victims had previously described the proposed settlement as inadequate.
Eight prosecutors who rejected the settlement can later sue the ex-Hollywood mogul.
Weinstein was found guilty of a first-degree criminal sex act and third-degree rape in February 2020, which marked a landmark verdict for the #MeToo movement.
His verdict was a notable downfall for the Pulp Fiction producer, who was accused of years of abominable behavior by nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek.
The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy in March 2018 after the avalanche of claims. Lantern Capital, later renamed Spyglass Media Group, bought its fortune for $ 289 million.
Weinstein is also awaiting trial in Los Angeles for rape and sexual assault involving five women.
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