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Harvey Weinstein Has Reached A Tentative $25 Million Deal With His Accusers

As a result, the 67-year-old wouldn't have to admit wrongdoing and his studio's insurance companies would be footing the bill rather than Weinstein paying out of his own pocket.

Some of his accusers already say they object.

Following two years of legal back and forth, Harvey Weinstein's lawyers have reached a tentative $25 million (€22.5 million) settlement agreement with dozens of his sexual misconduct accusers, as per the New York Times.

The deal, which would have to be approved by the judges in two cases involving him, would not require him to admit any wrongdoing or pay any of his own money, lawyers involved in negotiations told the Times.

Instead, The Weinstein Company's insurance companies would foot the $6.2 million (€5.6 million) bill, which would then go to the 18 women who have sued Weinstein independently and for $18.5 million (€16.6 million) that would be set aside as a settlement fund in a class-action lawsuit filed in New York.

The disgraced producer has been accused of multiple counts of sexual assault and rape in lawsuits from more than 30 actresses and former Weinstein employees.

Per the deal, his accusers — along with potential claimants who could join in coming months — would share in the payout. 

The deal would also bring to an end nearly every such lawsuit against him and his former company.

A number of parties involved in legal proceedings have expressed disdain at the tentative deal.  

"This settlement breaks my heart," Zoë Brock, a model who was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, said in a statement.

"I have signed it only because I have explored every other legal option and at this point have found no alternative," Brock said, adding: "Let us hope the criminal system does not go as easy on Harvey as the civil system has."

Weinstein is set to go to trial at a Manhattan court on 6 January on charges of sexual assault involving two women.

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