For spouses who are divorcing an alleged harasser, the circumstances vary when victim lawsuits are involved. In the case of Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman, a settlement happened quickly, according to Dror Bikel, high-conflict divorce lawyer in Manhattan.
“It was smart on her part to settle fast because the impact of allegations upon a marriage becomes about shielding assets from victim lawsuits,” Bikel told Newsmax Finance. “Georgina won’t be a party to any victim creditor lawsuit. Harvey and his company will be.”
Weinstein was set to sell The Weinstein Company when New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman intervened with a complaint that the movie company repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination.
“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,” Attorney General Schneiderman stated in a press release.
Weinstein has been wrangling against multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
“The attorney general is trying to preserve assets for the victims while Harvey wants the sale of his business to go through so he can get his share of the buyout,” Bikel said. “His soon to be ex wife Georgina wants the sale to go through presumably because she wants Harvey to be funded since he may her owe money.”