Cape Town - Actress Dominique Huett claims that former Hollywood kingpin Harvey Weinstein invited her to a Los Angeles hotel for a business meeting and then forced oral sex on her before masturbating in 2010. Harvey denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Now Dominique – who starred on Blue Bloods - is among more than thirty of the disgraced mogul's alleged victims who were set to receive a portion of a $47 million (over R681 million) deal aimed at paying off the debts of his former firm, The Weinstein Company.
However, she has now told The Guardian she has joined fellow accusers Wedil David, Kaja Sokola, and Alexandra Canosa in opting out."Originally I thought it was the best option for everyone, but after finding out more details, I think that opting out is the best way to get a better deal for me and for everyone," she said.
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Last year, it was reported that the producer's representatives had reached a tentative deal with more than thirty women following two years of negotiations.
According to The Guardian, under the proposed deal, Harvey would not have to pay a penny or admit any wrongdoing, with the settlement paid by insurance companies representing his former multinational enterprise, The Weinstein Company.
It would also fund the firm's legal fees and provide a fund to settle additional claims.
The 67-year-old pleaded not guilty to five felony counts of rape and sexual assault relating to alleged incidents with two separate women in 2006 and 2013. He maintains all sexual contact was consensual.
Compiled by Alex Isaacs.