Harvey Weinstein ‘reaches $25m settlement’ with sexual misconduct accusers

Harvey Weinstein has reportedly reached a $25 million (£19 million) settlement with several of his sexual misconduct accusers, ahead of his criminal trial.

The disgraced Hollywood producer is said to have agreed to a tentative deal with more than 30 alleged victims from the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland.

If approved, it could bring to an end most of the civil lawsuits against him, the New York Times reports.

A decision on the proposed settlement needs to be agreed by the courts and certain individuals involved. Once approved, the payments would reportedly be made by insurance companies handling the bankruptcy of the Weinstein Company.

Therefore it’s said that Weinstein wouldn’t personally pay the accusers himself.

According to a source, the settlement does not require Weinstein to admit any wrongdoing and he has always argued that any sexual encounters with the accusers were consensual.

Actress Katherine Kendall, who claims to have been sexually harassed by Weinstein in 1993, reacted to news of the settlement and said: ‘I don’t love it, but I don’t know how to go after him. I don’t know what I can really do.’

In a statement, lawyers Douglas H Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer who represent one of the alleged victims, admitted they are by no means satisfied with the agreement, stating: ‘We reject the notion that this was the best settlement that could have been achieved on behalf of the victims.

‘It is shameful that $12 million of the settlement is going to the lawyers for the directors who we alleged enabled Harvey Weinstein and it is even more outrageous that the proposed settlement will seek to bind non participating members by providing a release to the insurance companies and the directors of the Weinstein Company itself.’

They added: ‘While we don’t begrudge victims who want to settle, we plan to vigorously object to any provision that tries to bind victims who want to proceed with holding Harvey Weinstein accountable for his actions which is exactly what we intend to do.’

This settlement is separate to the criminal trial which is due to start on 6 January 2020 with jury selection.

Weinstein is accused of raping a woman in a New York hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another woman at his home in Manhattan in 2006.

Additionally, he is also charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree and one count each of first-degree rape and third-degree rape.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

On Wednesday, a judge raised Weinstein’s bail from $1 million (£757,000) to $5 million (£3.7 million) claiming he had tampered with his electronic ankle bracelet on multiple occasions.

The 67-year-old arrived in court using a walking frame and stated he needs to undergo surgery next week.

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