Attorney General Letitia James signed off on a settlement deal with Harvey Weinstein that included terms she promised his victims she’d never approve, sources told the Daily News.
The settlement, negotiated by an attorney for a proposed class of Weinstein accusers and approved by James, was laughed out of court last week by Manhattan Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein.
The judge called the deal “obnoxious” and said the attorney for the class, Elizabeth Fegan, “was wasting (her) time.”
“Harvey Weinstein joins those who ask me to approve it, but makes no contribution to the settlement. Indeed, he benefits from it, financially as well as by obtaining a release of claims,” Hellerstein wrote in a written ruling released Friday.
“I observed that favoring these groups at the expense of the people suffering sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein was ‘obnoxious.’ I continue to hold to that view.”