Hollywood exproducer Harvey Weinstein has reached a $44 million settlement to close the lawsuits filed against him by some of his alleged victims and by the state of New York, The New York Times reports.
It is still unknown whether this preliminary agreement would include an admission by Weinstein of the allegations of sexual abuse against him – which he denies – by more than 80 women, some of them well-known Hollywood stars such as Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie or Lupita Nyong’o.
According to the New York newspaper, out of the 44 million of the settlement, 30 million would be divided between a fund of plaintiffs, creditors of their former company (The Weinstein Company) and former employees, while the rest would be destined to cover the legal expenses of Weinstein partners sprinkled by the lawsuits.
Parallel to this civil settlement, Weinstein is facing criminal prosecution for sex crimes that are scheduled to begin trial in New York State in September. Weinstein went from being a Hollywood untouchable to becoming a stinker in the industry for the dozens of sexual assault charges against him.
The first accusations were unveiled at the end of 2017 and provoked an entire feminist earthquake in Hollywood that, later articulated under the movement ‘Me Too’, pointed to other alleged sexual aggressors and harassers such as Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis C.K., John Lasseter or Bryan Singer.