Harvey Weinstein has reportedly reached a $44 million (£34.7 million) settlement with women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. The Hollywood producer denies claims of non-consensual sex and sexual harassment made by over 75 women.
He currently faces criminal charges in New York for sexual violence towards two women. The movie mogul is due to go trial on 3 June, and if found guilty could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Adam Harris, who is a lawyer for the studio co-founder Bob Weinstein, said that “an economic agreement in principle” has been agreed, according to Associated Press.
The New York Times reports that the new deal stipulates that around $30 million would go to victims, creditors of Mr. Weinstein’s former studio and some former employees. The remainder would go to legal fees for Weinstein associates, including board members named as defendants in lawsuits.
The Weinstein scandal first broke in October 2017 when the New York Times published an expose detailing numerous allegations of sexual assault made against him. The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy in March 2018.
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