WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- According to a Thursday report from Wall Street, Harvey Weinstein together with his female accusers, the board members of his former film studio and the New York attorney general’s office have come up with a tentative amount of $44M to iron out lawsuits.
- They have also agreed that the amount will be used to recompense Weinstein’s alleged victims.
- When the deal becomes final, part of it will resolve a lawsuit that alleged Weinstein Co. failure to protect their workers from Weinstein’s sexual misbehavior.
Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street reported Thursday that a tentative $44 million deal has been agreed upon by Harvey Weinstein, the women who accused him of sexual assaults, the board members of his former film studio, and the attorney general’s office of New York.
The Journal further reported that once finalized, the arrangement would settle a civil rights lawsuit filed last year by the New York attorney general’s office that claims Weinstein Co.’s executives and board have failed to provide their employees protection from a hostile workplace and Weinstein’s sexual misconduct.
The news outlet also confirmed that the deal will not affect a pending Manhattan criminal case against Weinstein who was charged with rape and other sex crimes. The case’s trial is set in September.
Hollywood producer Weinstein fell from grace after more than 70 women, most of them were young stars and others in the movie business, accusing him of various sexual abuse dating back decades. Previously, Weinstein had denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.
As more and more accusations against Weinstein surfaced, Weinstein Co. fired him then filed for bankruptcy. He was also expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Weinstein’s case has helped initiate the #MeToo movement. The launching resulted in numerous powerful men in the entertainment industry, politics and other fields being accused of sexual wrongdoing.