Several of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged victims of sexual misconduct agreed to $1 million dollar settlements to keep quiet about his actions, according to a Tuesday New Yorker report.
“I didn’t even understand almost what I was doing with all those papers,” said Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, a Filipino-Italian model who claims that Weinstein groped her breasts and tried to stick his hands up her skirt. Gutierrez originally called the police, but Weinstein’s attorneys allegedly hired a private intelligence firm to dig up information regarding the model’s sexual history to use as blackmail. “The moment I did it, I really felt it was wrong,” Gutierrez said in regards to signing the settlement.
Some of Weinstein’s alleged victims agreed to settlements somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million to stay mum about the movie mogul’s misconduct. Caving to pressure from Weinstein’s lawyers and lofty sums of cash, the victims reportedly signed the detailed nondisclosure agreements.
“Repeat offenders are able to operate under a cloak of silence with the help of nondisclosure agreements,” Samuel Estreicher, a professor of law at New York University, told The New Yorker.
The producer also reportedly used nondisclosure agreements during business deals for his employees at Miramax so they could not speak out about suspicious behavior that they witnessed.
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