Harvey Weinstein reaches $44M deal to settle sex assault civil suits

Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein and his movie company have reached a tentative deal that would settle a slew of civil suits brought against the accused serial sex assaulter, a report said Thursday.

The deal, which hasn’t been finalized, was struck by lawyers for the disgraced movie mogul, women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, board members from his former film studio and the New York attorney general’s office, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The proposed $44 million settlement, which was announced in bankruptcy court in Delaware, earmarks $30 million for the plaintiffs, including women who have accused him and Weinstein Co. employees.

Legal fees for the defendants would also be covered by the $30 million, according to the report.

The remaining $14 million would be divided up to pay for legal fees for people who worked at the Weinstein Co., including board members who were named as defendants in the civil suits, the Journal reported.

A source familiar with the plaintiffs’ legal team confirmed the numbers to the Post and complained that some funds were going to pay for the defendants’ legal fees.

“Harvey Weinstein hasn’t paid a dime towards damages incurred by victims,” the source said. “A significant amount of this proposed settlement would be going right back into Harvey and Bob’s pockets, instead of remunerating victims.”

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