Harvey Weinstein has reached a $25 million settlement with the board of his bankrupt studio and dozens of women who accused him of sexual misconduct, two years after the legal battle first began, according to the New York Times. Per the outlet, the settlement will be shared by more than 30 women who came forth with allegations against the disgraced producer. As part of the agreement, Weinstein will reportedly not have to pay for the deal himself, nor will he have to admit any wrongdoing.
The settlement still needs court approval and a sign off from all the parties involved, the Times notes. It’s part of a larger $47 million settlement to put an end to the complicated suit. Per the reported details of the agreement, Weinstein will not have to foot the bill; rather, the settlement will be paid by the insurance companies that represented the studio, the Weinstein Company. About $12 million from the settlement will go toward paying some of Weinstein’s legal fees, as well as his brother Bob Weinstein, and former TWC board members. Representatives for Weinstein have not yet responded to Vanity Fair’s request for comment.
The report about the settlement arrived just a few hours after Weinstein attended a court hearing to find out the latest decision regarding his bail. Just days after he had to be physically assisted out of the courtroom, Weinstein entered his latest hearing on Wednesday on a walker. At the hearing for the disgraced mogul, who has been charged with numerous sex crimes by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and will go on trial in 2020, Judge James Burke decided to raise Weinstein’s bail from $1 million cash to $5 million, according to Variety. The decision was made after a hearing on Friday, during which prosecutors argued that Weinstein’s bail should be raised in part because of repeated violations of his ankle monitor.
Weinstein can pay the $5 million cash or a $2 million bond. His lawyers indicated he will choose the latter option, Variety notes. At the Friday hearing, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said Weinstein apparently racked up 57 violations pertaining to the monitoring device, which prompted the team to push for a higher bail.
As for the walker, Weinstein has entered into the courtroom with a pronounced limp since the hearings began. However, at the Friday hearing, he appeared even more physically distressed, walking to the courtroom with a cane and then needing to be assisted by two people on the way out. On Wednesday, Arthur Aidala, one of Weinstein’s attorneys, explained the disgraced mogul is set to undergo back surgery on Thursday, after being injured in a car crash in August.
“Mr. Weinstein is a back surgery tomorrow,” he said, per New York magazine. “Recuperation time is one week. His doctors have assured him that this is actually a surgery that’s necessary to relieve pain.”
However, Aidala added, the surgery will not stop Weinstein from proceeding with the trial, which is set to begin January 6, after numerous delays.
“If you have any further medical issues, the court will not be terribly understanding,” Judge James Burke warned, per New York. “The court will issue a warrant for your arrest.”
Weinstein responded that he has “every intention” of being in court. Donna Rotunno, one of Weinstein’s attorneys, said that her client used the walker at the legal team’s insistence: “Mr. Weinstein didn’t want the press to think he was seeking sympathy,” she said. “He’s in pain, he’s having surgery.”
Weinstein has been charged by the Manhattan’s district attorney’s office with five sex crimes that stem from two separate alleged incidents, including rape in the first and third degree (he has denied the claims and pleaded not guilty). He has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women since October 2017, when the allegations against him were first brought to the surface. He has denied all accusations of nonconsensual acts.
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>>At the hearing for the disgraced mogul, who has been charged with numerous sex crimes by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and will go on trial in 2020, Judge James Burke decided to raise Weinstein’s bail from $1 million cash to $5 million