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Regional News • Americas • United States
New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA
Wayne LaPierre
Wayne LaPierre Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

New York's attorney general Letitia James announced a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the National Rifle Association (NRA) over allegations that high-ranking executives, including longtime leader Wayne LaPierre, diverted millions of dollars for their personal use.

James said in a statement announcing the lawsuit: "The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organisation went unchecked for decades while top executives funnelled millions into their own pockets."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
$19 million settlement reached in Harvey Weinstein lawsuits
Former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony, February 2014
Former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony, February 2014 Credit: Georges Biard / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

On Tuesday, the New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that a $19 million settlement had been reached in a 2018 civil rights lawsuit on behalf of multiple women against former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein.

"Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company failed their female employees. After all the harassment, threats, and discrimination, their victims are finally receiving some justice," so James in a statement. The sum of $18,875,000 will be distributed among "women who experienced a hostile work environment, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination while working at The Weinstein Company, as well as sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein."

Douglas H. Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer, two attorneys for several of Weinstein's victims called the settlement a "complete sellout" and said they were surprised "that the Attorney General could somehow boast about a proposal that fails on so many different levels."