Producer Harvey Weinstein owes his outsiders almost half a million dollars for the work they did in four cases filed against him by several insurance companies, according to new judicial documents that pick up U.S. media.
The law firm Abelson Herron Halpern LLP has filed five embargoes for a total of 420,495 dollars (more than 377,000 euros) for the demands of several insurance companies against Weinstein. These companies argue that they should not pay the costs of their defenses, both civil and criminal, in cases of sexual misconduct and attacks against him.
Two firm lawyers, Michael Abelson and Leslie Pereira, faced Weinstein until they withdrew from the cases in April. According to the court records, they now claim the money owed to them. A representative of Weinstein explained: "Michael Abelson is an excellent lawyer and we want him. We held Kirk Pasich, who is the best in his field, and Abelson and Pasich are solving the problems of payments. "
Weinstein was formally charged with charges for practicing oral sex with production Assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and for raping a mistress in a Manhattan hotel in 2013.
The Post further reported that Soprano actress Annabela Sciorra is expected to testify in Weinstein's upcoming trial in Manhattan. Sciorra, 59, who starred in the hit HBO series and has appeared in others such as CSI, the Good Wife or Law and order, publicly accused the film's producer of raping her in An article in the New Yorker magazine in 2017.
This is not the first time a lawyer has been fighting Weinstein for the billing of a case. Mary Flynn, of Morrison Cohen LLP, retired last October of her cases alleging a disagreement in the payment. And, in April 2018, the producer separated from the public relations firm Sitrick & Co., who sued him for an allegedly unpaid invoice of 352,105 dollars (316,000 euros). That case was solved outside the court.
This news arrives a week after the studios of which he was one of the most powerful men of Hollywood asked for the liquidation of the company. The Weinstein Company has been in bankruptcy competition since March 2018, and the company has requested the judge to convert the bankruptcy process into liquidation, as the latest mediations have failed to resolve the sexual abuse claims filed against the Company and its founder.
The company founded by Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob sold most of his assets last July, an operation of 289 million dollars closed with a venture capital fund, and ensures no liquidity to be reorganized under the umbrella of Creditors ' contest.
Renowned actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, Ashley Judd or Rose McGowan have denounced Weinstein for exchanging sexual favors in exchange for roles in films of great impact. Some of them, such as Sorvino or Judd, accuse the producer of having punished his professional career after rejecting his proposals.
The accusations against Weinstein have been one of the triggers of the movement Method, in which many cases of sexual abuse or discrimination emerged.