The Peter Thiel supported startup organization Legalist is making a proposition of $100,000 to everyone who moves against Harvey Weinstein in legal claims. The company will provide financial aid to any woman with a valid sexual harassment claim against the publicly-shamed mogul, who has gone through a series of sexual harassment and abuse allegations over a period of thirty years. The latest problem is Charles Harder’s resignation as Weinstein’s lawyer.
A reward is what Legalist’s business plan is all about, considering they also offered to pay filing fees for everyone suing Equifax, after the company’s humongous data breach that compromised consumer’s information. Looking to garner publicity for its platform via a hot news story, Legalist issued a press release detailing its Equifax offer. Harvey Weinstein’s case, which has been trending the last two weeks, presents another opportunity for the company to jump on the bandwagon.
Eva Shang, one of the founders of Legalist, confirms that the company is not running after promotions or opportunism, but has genuine interest in the cases. Offers exceeding $100,000 were made in some cases. As Harvey Weinstein’s case unfolded, it required real action on behalf of the people making complaints. “Especially as a female founder,” Shang told Deadline, “as I read these reports of eight cases of settlements being paid to women, for very modest amounts and without a single case being filed, it seemed like a situation where we could help women get the justice they deserve.”
The company aims to level the playing field for those with limited resources to pursue legal claims. Critics claim that Peter Thiel and other rich industrialists have an agenda to sponsor a systematic push-back against legitimate media outlets.