Words: Suzy Byrne
Emily Ratajkowski very publicly shared her thoughts about disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein reaching a reported $25 million (£19 million) settlement with his accusers.
Shortly after news of the tentative settlement broke, the Gone Girl actress, 28, attended the Hollywood premiere of Adam Sandler’s film Uncut Gems with “F*** Harvey” written on her arm.
Ratajkowski, whose husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard, is a producer on the film, made sure to pose so that the written message was on full display. Her one arm up curled up gave off Rosie the Riveter vibes.
Ratajkowski made her message clear in a post on Instagram, writing, “Today Harvey Weinstein and his former studio made a $25 million deal with his victims.
“Weinstein, accused of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape, won't have to admit wrongdoing or pay his own money.”
She ended the post with the hashtag, “No justice, no peace.”
Before Ratajkowski stepped foot on the carpet — to support her husband — she shared a news article about the tentative settlement and added her own reaction, “I’m about to RIOT.”
Ratajkowski has said in the past that “none of my female friends were shocked” by the allegations against Weinstein.
“I think people need to wake up and realize [sic] there's something deeply disturbing [about the industry].
I think that there are a lot of power dynamics that have been deeply sown from the very beginning of the industry, where there are very small things that even as a woman you are so used to, that you don’t realize [sic] how wrong they are.
“But, I hope the culture is changing.”
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Weinstein’s settlement with more than 30 of his alleged sexual misconduct victims would not require him “to admit wrongdoing or pay anything to his accusers himself, according to lawyers involved in the negotiations.”
Further, the sum would be paid by insurance companies representing the producer’s former studio, the Weinstein Company, not him. (Weinstein has been accused of varying degrees of sexual misconduct by nearly 100 women.)
According to the tentative financial breakdown of the $25 million, 18 of his alleged victims who are currently suing him would split $6.2 million, with no individual getting more than $500,000.
And then $18.5 million would be set aside as a settlement fund in a class-action lawsuit filed in New York.
Also of note, some of Weinstein's high-profile accusers including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek are not part of the settlement.
Neither is Ashley Judd, who has her own legal battle against Weinstein pending.
It is unclear what Rose McGowan’s plans are, but we’d say she looks ready for a fight in this Twitter post she shared after the news broke.
Several of the accusers — as well as the attorneys representing them — have expressed disappointment over the settlement.
The settlement news was also condemned by Time’s Up, a woman’s advocacy group formed in the wake of the Weinstein scandal.
The tentative settlement still requires court approval and a final sign-off by all parties.
A representative for Weinstein declined to comment on the settlement or its financial details to Yahoo on Wednesday, noting that there is no finding of wrongdoing.
Separate of all this, Weinstein is scheduled to go to trial in Manhattan in early January on criminal charges of sexual assault involving two women.