A US bankruptcy judge on Monday approved the liquidation plan for The Weinstein Company, the company of convicted sex offender and film producer Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob.

That plan means that 17 million dollars (14 million euros) will be set aside from the company for victims of Harvey Weinstein.

The judge delivered the verdict in a digital hearing.

In doing so, the objection of a handful of women was set aside.

They are now considering legal action before a body other than the bankruptcy judge.

Judge Mary Walrath said 83 percent of the plaintiffs in the bankruptcy file "have expressed very clearly that they want to close everything down with the acceptance of this plan, that they don't want to go through any more legal proceedings to get some recovery."

After The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy in 2018, the company sold its shares to Lantern Entertainment, the later Spyglass Media Group.

That sale yielded 289 million dollars (about 238 million euros).

The bankruptcy filing was preceded by numerous sex-crime charges against founder Harvey Weinstein, who is now serving a 23-year sentence for assault and rape.

Victims can waive the amount of money

Insurers have paid out $ 35 million as part of the bankruptcy plan, of which Weinstein's victims are getting about half.

The victims and alleged victims have the option to forgo their share if they wish to take further legal action against Weinstein or employees of his former company.

A group of women claiming to be victims of Weinstein has argued that the choice between accepting some of the money and taking further steps is unfair.