Yup, this f*cker is still around. Harvey Weinstein and his former studio’s board members have reached a tentative deal in regards to a civil lawsuit filed against the disgraced producer. According to the BBC, lawyers said the settlement was worth around $44 million. While this may seem like a hefty sum, The New York Times is quick to note that the amount is ‘less than half of what was initially discussed as a victims’ fund as part of conversations last year between an investor group that was interested in buying assets of the Weinstein Company and Eric T. Schneiderman, who was then New York’s attorney general.’
This case is separate from the criminal charges Weinstein also faces or allegations of sexual violence against two women in New York. Given the sheer volume of women who have accused him of harassment and abuse, the details of any settlement he and his team agree to carry a lot of implications for that trial. Does the settlement include any confession of wrongdoing on Weinstein’s part, for example. Which parts does he deny and which parts does he confirm? Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges and has denied the many accusations made against him, claiming these were consensual relationships.
Earlier this month, a New York State appeals court upheld a judge’s decision to seal the trial’s documents. It was also announced this month that Hulu had acquired Untouchable, a documentary on Weinstein’s rise and fall, for a seven figure sum.
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