Except, it turns out that he hasn’t. Weinstein has reached a settlement with dozens of women who are fighting him in civil courts, and according to this existing deal, which is set to be finalised shortly, the film mogul’s insurance company is going to pay £19 million to the 30-odd actresses and ex-employees who have brought charges against him. Weinstein will not be out of pocket at all, and most upsettingly of all for the victims, the settlement means Weinstein will not have to admit to any wrongdoing at all.
Considering Harvey Weinstein’s name has practically become synonymous with #MeToo after all the sexual misconduct allegations against him, expectations were high when it came to justice being served. Surely the man whose behaviour has forced dozens of women to speak out about sexual violence and harassment would be forced to pay?
It is shocking, particularly in light of the fact that Weinstein’s appalling behaviour sparked the #MeToo movement. Before #MeToo, it was incredibly rare for a celebrity to speak out about an experience of sexual harassment or assault – let alone against a figure of authority within the industry. Doing so wasn’t just frowned upon; it potentially had long lasting repercussions that could spell the end of their career.
But ever since the revelations against Weinstein began to trickle out into the public eye, it felt like things were finally changing. The taboo around sexual assault began to lift, to the point where dozens of A-list stars have spoken out about their experiences of sexual violence, and movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up made it onto the red carpet. And yet, in spite of all this apparent societal change, it seems that nothing has really changed at all.