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Harvey Weinstein Reaches $44 Million Settlement With Accusers

Harvey Weinstein Reaches $44 Million Settlement With Accusers
Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced media mogul who has been accused by nearly 80 women of sexual misconduct, has reached a tentative $44 million deal to settle lawsuits with his accusers and other parties, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the terms of the deal, about $30 million would go to Weinstein’s alleged victims, as well as Weinstein’s former creditors and some former employees of the Weinstein Company. The rest would be used to pay the legal fees of Weinstein’s associates who have been named in the lawsuits against him.
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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt': Ellie Kemper on Ronan Farrow’s Surprise Cameo in #MeToo Episode

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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt': Ellie Kemper on Ronan Farrow’s Surprise Cameo in #MeToo Episode
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Episode 408 of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)

Journalist Ronan Farrow has helped take down powerful Hollywood and media moguls like Harvey Weinstein, Les Moonves and Eric Schneiderman. And in the final six episodes of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” he adds the puppet Mr. Frumpus to the list of men whose sexual abuse accusations he’s unearthed. You know, fictionally speaking.

Farrow makes a surprise cameo as himself in Season 4B of the comedy, which dropped Friday, when the famous reporter calls up Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) best friend Titus (Tituss Burgess) in Episode 408 (titled “Kimmy Is in a Love Square!”) to ask him to come forward with his story about being harassed by the orange puppet while trying to land a part on “Sesame Street.”

Also Read: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Final Season Trailer: Turns Out Promoting a Children's Book Is Hard (Video)

Eventually
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How New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood Is Standing Up to Trump

Donald Trump’s apparent willingness to flout campaign finance rules and laws against self-dealing was the subject of a Pulitzer Prize-winning series by Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold in 2016. More than two years have passed and — as was the case when he casually bragged about assaulting women, or evaded paying millions of dollars in taxes — the president has yet to face any consequences.

In a crowded Manhattan Supreme Court room Thursday morning, reporters waited to see if Trump would finally be brought to heel for using his charity as “a
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Letitia James Wins Close Race for New York Attorney General

Letitia James, the current New York City Public Advocate, triumphed in the four-way race for New York Attorney General on Thursday. She defeated both Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, attorney Leecia Eve and Zephyr Teachout, a law professor.

James takes the reins from acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who stepped into the role after Eric Schneiderman resigned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations in May.

In January, James will take over what is one of the most powerful law enforcement positions in the country, and she will assume responsibility for
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Harvey Weinstein Says D.A Misled Grand Jury; Wants Rape Case Dismissed

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Harvey Weinstein Says D.A Misled Grand Jury; Wants Rape Case Dismissed
Exclusive: Over a month before he is scheduled to be back in court on sex crime charges that could see him behind bars for life and less than an month after he last pled not guilty, Harvey Weinstein today took a big swing at having the whole grand jury case dismissed.

“Mr. Weinstein categorically denies that he had non-consensual sex with any person, and specifically the three accusers in the pending indictment,” declared the producer’s primary lawyer Benjamin Brafman in a highly charged motion filed in New York Supreme Court on Friday morning.

“The pending indictment against Mr. Weinstein must be dismissed at the pretrial stage because it is legally infirm based on the District Attorney’s failure to provide exculpatory email evidence to the Grand Jury; failure to give adequate notice to the defense as requested that it was presenting new, far more serious charges to the Grand
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New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation, Trump Family Over Self-Dealing

  • Variety
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed suit against the Trump Foundation, President Donald Trump, his sons Donald Jr. and Eric and his daughter Ivanka, alleging illegal coordination with the Trump campaign, self-dealing transactions to benefit his business and violations of laws governing non-profits.

“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Underwood said in a statement. “This is not how private foundations should function and my office intends to hold the Foundation and its directors accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.”

The lawsuit claims that the Trump Foundation “is little more than an empty shell that functions with no oversight by its board of directors.” It claims that the board, which includes Trump’s children, has not met since 1999 and “does not oversee the activities of the Foundation in any way.
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Harvey Weinstein Officially Arrested, Charged With Rape After Turning Himself In

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Harvey Weinstein Officially Arrested, Charged With Rape After Turning Himself In
Updated with details of charges: As expected, Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to the New York Police Department at the 1st Precinct in Tribeca this morning to face criminal charges stemming from multiple sexual assault allegations.

Facing potentially years behind bars, sources say Weinstein is likely looking at first degree and third degree rape charges and a first degree criminal sexual act charge from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Once the most powerful producer in Hollywood, Weinstein exited the precinct house at about 8:45 Am Et in handcuffs, escorted into a waiting car. The New York Police Department issued a statement saying he had been arrested and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women.

“The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice,” police said in the statement obtained by Deadline. “The arrest
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Federal Investigation Against Harvey Weinstein Launched by Prosecutors (Report)

Federal Investigation Against Harvey Weinstein Launched by Prosecutors (Report)
Federal prosecutors in New York have launched a sex crime investigation against Harvey Weinstein, according to The Wall Street Journal.

According to the Journal, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York is investigating to see if any of the sexual assaults allegedly committed by the disgraced movie producer involved him persuading women to “travel across state lines.” If evidence is found of this, Weinstein could face federal criminal charges.

Also Read: Gwyneth Paltrow: Brad Pitt Told Harvey Weinstein 'I'll Kill You' After 'Weird' Hotel Encounter

Weinstein is already facing investigations and legal action from New York law enforcement on the state and local level. The NYPD launched an investigation in October shortly after The New Yorker and The New York Times published exposes outlining claims of sexual offenses committed by the former Weinstein Company CEO.

Since the two reports were published, more than
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Trevor Noah on Michael Cohen: 'He's literally selling swamp tours'

Comics, including Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers, discussed the latest revelations surrounding Donald Trump’s lawyer

Late-night hosts discussed the latest reports on Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen as well as Trump’s release of prisoners from North Korea.

Related: Samantha Bee to Eric Schneiderman: 'You are trash and we do not need you'

Michael Cohen’s secret side hustle revealed!

Full episode: https://t.co/eJ5UOiYkQF pic.twitter.com/LOaNkVF9do

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Sam Bee Bashes Eric Schneiderman, Reveals Run-In With Tongue Of “Gross Old Man” Charlie Rose

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Samantha Bee came out swinging in her latest episode of TBS’s Full Frontal, blasting one-time show guest Eric Schneiderman. The New York State Attorney General resigned this week in wake of damaging allegations of physical abuse published by New Yorker magazine.

Bee found that “especially infuriating” given that, throughout his political career, Schneiderman has positioned himself as a feminist crusader, championing the #MeToo movement, filing a civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and crafting an anti-choking law, which, in one of those incredible coincidences, is what some of his ex girlfriends have accused him of doing to them.

“Now, Schneiderman was a guest on my show, so this is a little complicated for me to talk about but…Just kidding, it’s not complicated: Fuck you, Eric Schneiderman!” Bee fumed.

Then she said it again. Only louder, adding, “It will not give me not one second’s pause about
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Samantha Bee to Eric Schneiderman: 'You are trash and we do not need you'

Comics, including Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee and Trevor Noah, discussed Michael Cohen, Eric Schneiderman and Don Blankenship

Late-night hosts on Wednesday discussed continued revelations stemming from the release of Michael Cohen’s bank records, the resignation of Eric Schneiderman, and the results of the Republican primaries in the West Virginia senate race.

Related: Trevor Noah: Schneiderman tried to jail Weinstein 'while abusing women himself'

Don Blankenship: bad for the Senate, great for TV. https://t.co/lGz5yqrOJQ pic.twitter.com/0dzebovQ6x

Related: Firm tied to Russian oligarch gave Michael Cohen $500,000, says Stormy Daniels' lawyer

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Samantha Bee Rips Into Former 'Full Frontal' Guest Eric Schneiderman After Allegations

Samantha Bee Rips Into Former 'Full Frontal' Guest Eric Schneiderman After Allegations
Samantha Bee had a harsh message for former <em>Full Frontal</em> guest Eric Schneiderman, who was the subject of a <em>New Yorker</em> investigation this week reporting that he had sexually abused or harassed four women, on Wednesday night: "You are trash and we do not need you," she said as part of a minutes-long tirade against the former New York attorney general.

The public disavowal of Schneiderman comes five months after Bee called him "a hero who stood up to democracy's nemesis before" and interviewed him in a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5_buE1b21U" target="_blank">November episode</a>. 

"Now, Schneiderman was a guest on my ...
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Trevor Noah: Schneiderman tried to jail Weinstein 'while abusing women himself'

Late-night comics addressed the resignation of New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman and Trump’s decision to leave the Iran deal

Late-night hosts on Tuesday discussed Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and the resignation of New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, following recent allegations of physical abuse.

Related: Eric Schneiderman: New York attorney general resigns following assault allegations

"In a way, Eric Schneiderman is still a champion for women...he pushed for tougher laws that'll make it easier for us to throw his ass in jail."

Trevor and @dulcesloan discuss the New York attorney general's resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations: https://t.co/gP8vIcK8iY pic.twitter.com/f1Q4ryBFRm

Related: Iran deal: Trump breaks with European allies over 'horrible, one-sided' nuclear agreement

Related: Eric Schneiderman: New York attorney general resigns following assault allegations

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Trevor Noah (and ‘Daily Show’ WiFi) Claim Partial Credit for Eric Schneiderman’s Downfall

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Trevor Noah (and ‘Daily Show’ WiFi) Claim Partial Credit for Eric Schneiderman’s Downfall
If “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is right, he can share partial credit for the lightning-quick downfall of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Well, kinda.

Ronan Farrow, who co-wrote with Jane Mayer the New Yorker story in which four women accused Schneiderman of sexual abuse, was the show’s guest on Monday. And according to Noah on Tuesday’s show, Farrow apparently filed the final draft just before taping his segment.

Noah related how in the green room before filming, Farrow finished and filed a story with his editor. Farrow didn’t say what the story was, but, well, you saw the news yesterday.

“I had no idea he was ending an attorney general’s career over our wifi,” Noah joked. “And since I pay for the wifi I’d like to think that I did my part.”

Also Read: Bill Cosby's Kennedy Center Honors Rescinded

The story came in the middle of a lengthy “The Daily Show” segment about Schneiderman, who resigned just three hours after the story was published.

Earlier, Noah noted that “the reason the story is getting so much attention is that Eric Schneiderman isn’t just the New York attorney general, but because he’s a national figure now, he’s one of the biggest opponents of President Trump’s agenda… and more than that, because Schneiderman presented himself as an advocate for women.”

Cue video of Schneiderman speaking publicly in support of women reporting sexual abuse.

“It seems this guy was trying to put Harvey Weinstein in jail while abusing women himself. This is like finding out that Robert Mueller has been taking secret vacations with Putin,” said Noah.

Later in the segment, “The Daily Show” correspondent Dulcé Sloan, who said of Schneiderman: “I think this guy is Christian Grey. Only without the looks. Without the money. Without the consent.”

Watch the whole clip above.

Read original story Trevor Noah (and ‘Daily Show’ WiFi) Claim Partial Credit for Eric Schneiderman’s Downfall At TheWrap
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Eric Schneiderman Enters Sex Abuser Hall of Shame on Late Night TV (See!)

Eric Schneiderman’s career as New York Attorney General has crashed and burned, and the final embers are flickering out on late night television. Comics are dissecting his Stunning fall from grace as a “defender of women” who secretly abused them in the bedroom. New York’s top cop wasted no time doing the honorable thing and resigning in the face of allegations from four women, even though he strenuously denied assaulting them or engaging in non-consensual sex.
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Late-Night Hosts Blast Eric Schneiderman Over Abuse Claims

Late-Night Hosts Blast Eric Schneiderman Over Abuse Claims
Late-night hosts slammed former New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman after a <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/four-women-accuse-new-yorks-attorney-general-of-physical-abuse" target="_blank">scathing report</a> by the <em>New Yorker</em> was published yesterday detailing sexual abuse alleged by four women. The story quickly led to Schneiderman's <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-york-attorney-general-weinstein-foe-resigns-assault-allegations-1109392" target="_blank">resignation</a>.

On <em>The Daily Show</em>, host Trevor Noah spent a segment tearing into Schneiderman, who had been a proponent in the #MeToo movement and filed lawsuits against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and President Donald Trump. "This is like finding out Robert Mueller has been taking secret vacations with Putin," said Noah.

"In a way, Eric Schneiderman is still a champion for women ... he pushed ...
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Harvey Weinstein Wins Rare Court Victory, Granted Access to Weinstein Co Emails

Harvey Weinstein Wins Rare Court Victory, Granted Access to Weinstein Co Emails
Harvey Weinstein was granted access to emails he sent while serving as CEO of The Weinstein Company by Delaware bankruptcy court judge on Tuesday, after lawyers for the disgraced producer argued that the emails will help him defend himself in civil proceedings and criminal investigations.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary Walrath granted the request at a hearing in Wilmington, Del., on the condition that Weinstein cover the costs of reviewing the emails and that he make arrangements with TWC and a group representing the company’s unsecured creditors.

Also Read: Eric Schneiderman's Resignation Won't Sideline Weinstein Case, Acting Ag Says

The emails that Weinstein will be able to access will only be limited to exchanges between him and his alleged sexual harassment victims, and the parties suing Weinstein in civil court will also be able to access them. Representatives for Weinstein did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Two weeks ago, Weinstein’s counsel argued that access to the emails were necessary to allow them to defend Weinstein in court, and that not being granted access could result in “additional liability” for TWC.

“”The Debtors’ continued refusal to permit Mr. Weinstein to access these emails has significantly impinged his ability to effectively defend himself from these allegations and is a continuing deprivation of his due-process rights,” Weinstein’s lawyer’s argued in court documents. “To put it bluntly, TWC, and its counsel, may be knowingly withholding e-mails that may exonerate Mr. Weinstein.”

Also Read: Bankruptcy Court Approves Lantern Capital's $310 Million Bid for Weinstein Co. Assets

The ruling comes five days after Weinstein’s legal team added Harvard law professor and CNN/Fox News political commentator Alan Dershowitz as a consultant on the email case.

In court documents filed last week, Dershowitz said Weinstein’s lawyer had the “right to see and review these emails in order to prepare his constitutionally-mandated role as counsel to Mr. Weinstein” and that the emails “contain information which is exculpatory of [Weinstein] and places the allegations against him in a truthful context.”

Authorities in London, New York and Los Angeles have launched criminal investigations into Weinstein over accusations of sexual assault. He also faces multiple civil lawsuits alleging misconduct, including one filed by Ashley Judd earlier last week claiming defamation, sexual harassment and a violation of California’s fair business laws.

Weinstein has repeatedly denied that he ever engaged in nonconsensual sex.

Read original story Harvey Weinstein Wins Rare Court Victory, Granted Access to Weinstein Co Emails At TheWrap
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Eric Schneiderman’s Resignation Won’t Sideline Weinstein Case, Acting Ag Says

Eric Schneiderman’s Resignation Won’t Sideline Weinstein Case, Acting Ag Says
The civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company will continue despite its chief architect, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, stepping down on Tuesday after being accused of physical abuse by multiple women.

“Our office has never been stronger, and this extraordinarily talented, dedicated, and tireless team of public servants will ensure that our work continues without interruption,” said acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood in a statement to TheWrap.

Schneiderman, who in February filed a civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, was accused of abusing four women, including two who agreed to be named by the New Yorker, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam. The women told the magazine that Schneiderman “repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent,” New Yorker writers Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow reported on Monday.

Also Read: Ryan Murphy Is Developing #MeToo Anthology Series 'Consent' Tackling Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey

“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York. In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me,” Schneiderman said in a statement that night. “While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”

The Schneiderman-led lawsuit had pushed for restitution for those claiming Weinstein abused them. The suit also aimed to stop any sales of The Weinstein Company that didn’t include a compensation fund or remove executives accused of harassment. Schneiderman had argued the company’s toxicity stretched beyond Weinstein, encompassing employees from all levels of the company to ensure silence from his accusers.

Also Read: Weinstein Co. Seeks to Depose Group Supporting Harvey Weinstein Accusers

“Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched,” said Schneiderman in February. “Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear.”

Barish and Selvaratnam, the two women named in the New Yorker article, said they didn’t go to the police with their claims, but said they eventually received “medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked.”

Schneiderman defended his conduct as “role playing and other consensual sexual activity” undertaken “in the privacy of intimate relationships” in a statement prior to his resignation Monday night. He denied committing assault and said he has “never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”

Read original story Eric Schneiderman’s Resignation Won’t Sideline Weinstein Case, Acting Ag Says At TheWrap
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Manhattan D.A. Starts Investigation of Assault Allegations Against Eric Schneiderman

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Manhattan D.A. Starts Investigation of Assault Allegations Against Eric Schneiderman
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has opened an investigation into assault allegations against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose resignation will be effective at the end of the day on Tuesday.

Schneiderman, who spearheaded an investigation into the Weinstein Co. and sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, stepped down just hours after the New Yorker published allegations from four women who said that he assaulted them, drank heavily and made threats during dating and sexual relationships. He has denied assaulting anyone.

“Our office has opened an investigation into the recently reported allegations concerning Mr. Schneiderman,” said Danny Frost, a spokesman for Vance.

At the direction of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Schneiderman’s office had been reviewing the way that Vance had handled allegations against Weinstein back in 2015, when model Ambra Battilana claimed that the mogul groped her, but Vance declined to press charges.

Meanwhile, Barbara Underwood,
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Former Top L.A. County D.A. Official Got No Punishment for Sexual Harassment Claims

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The former head prosecutor of the Major Crimes Division for the L.A. County D.A. -- who once allegedly said he wanted to jack off on a colleague while she strangles to death -- received virtually no punishment for the sexual misconduct allegations which resulted in a high 6-figure settlement with the women who sued him ... and he got to retire with a full pension. How's that feel, Eric Schneiderman? Gary Hearnsberger was the
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