12:44pm PT by Ashley Cullins
Charles Harder Takes Harvey Weinstein to Court Over $180,000 in Unpaid Legal Fees
Charles Harder is taking his former client Harvey Weinstein to court over about $180,000 in legal fees.
Harder on Wednesday filed a petition in L.A. County Superior Court asking a judge to confirm an Oct. 13 arbitration award. According to the filing. a JAMS arbitrator awarded Harder $179,743.67 in connection with his work for the mogul in the year leading up to the October 2017 bombshell New York Times article that sparked Weinstein's downfall.
Back in 2017, Harder told The Hollywood Reporter he was preparing to sue the paper on behalf of his then client. According to the petition, though, he stopped representing Weinstein just a few days after that interview.
Harder filed his arbitration demand in Oct. 2018, and in June 2020 he reached a settlement with Weinstein. Under their deal, Weinstein would pay a reduced fee if he wrote the check before Sept. 14 and if he failed to pay the arbitration award for the full amount would be entered against him.
Reps for Weinstein have not yet commented on the petition.