Harvey Weinstein and his accusers reach tentative $25M deal

Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative $25 million settlement with dozens of women who accused the former Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct, The New York Times said on Wednesday, citing lawyers involved in the negotiations.

The accord would end nearly all civil lawsuits by actresses and former Weinstein employees who accused him of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape, the newspaper said. Weinstein would not be required under the settlement to admit wrongdoing or to pay anything, and insurers for the former Weinstein Co studio would fund the payout, the newspaper said.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct dating back decades by more than 70 women. He has denied the allegations, saying any sexual encounters were consensual.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Movie producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at criminal court on December 11, 2019 in New York City. Weinstein returned to court for a ruling on whether he will remain free on bail or if his bail will be raised to $5 million before his trial starts January 6 . (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Movie producer Harvey Weinstein departs from criminal court after a bail hearing on December 11, 2019 in New York City. Weinstein was in court for a ruling on whether he will remain free on bail or if his bail will be raised to $5 million before his trial starts January 6. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein leaves Manhattan Criminal Court, using a walker, following a hearing on December 11, 2019 in New York. - The once-powerful film producer, whose case sparked the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, appeared for a hearing, as his trial looms on January 6, 2010. The 67-year-old, who faces charges of rape and forcibly performing oral sex on a woman, has had his passport confiscated and wears an electronic tracking bracelet. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein leaves Manhattan Criminal Court, using a walker, following a hearing on December 11, 2019 in New York. - The once-powerful film producer, whose case sparked the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, appeared for a hearing, as his trial looms on January 6, 2010. The 67-year-old, who faces charges of rape and forcibly performing oral sex on a woman, has had his passport confiscated and wears an electronic tracking bracelet. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein leaves Manhattan Criminal Court, using a walker, following a hearing on December 11, 2019 in New York. - The once-powerful film producer, whose case sparked the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, appeared for a hearing, as his trial looms on January 6, 2010. The 67-year-old, who faces charges of rape and forcibly performing oral sex on a woman, has had his passport confiscated and wears an electronic tracking bracelet. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein leaves Manhattan Criminal Court using a walker, following a hearing on December 11, 2019 in New York. - The once-powerful film producer, whose case sparked the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, appeared for a hearing, as his trial looms on January 6, 2010. The 67-year-old, who faces charges of rape and forcibly performing oral sex on a woman, has had his passport confiscated and wears an electronic tracking bracelet. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein leaves Manhattan Criminal Court using a walker, following a hearing on December 11, 2019 in New York. - The once-powerful film producer, whose case sparked the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, appeared for a hearing, as his trial looms on January 6, 2010. The 67-year-old, who faces charges of rape and forcibly performing oral sex on a woman, has had his passport confiscated and wears an electronic tracking bracelet. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
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Accusers involved in the tentative accord would make their claims in bankruptcy court, and the $25 million payout would be part of a $47 million settlement to close out the studio's obligations, the newspaper said, citing six lawyers.

Weinstein's representatives could not immediately be reached for comment; they had declined to comment to the Times.

The litigation is separate from criminal charges that Weinstein faces in New York, where prosecutors have accused him of sexually assaulting two women, one in 2006 and another in 2013.

A trial is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2020, and Weinstein could face life in prison if convicted on the top counts. (Reporting by New York Newsroom Editing by Rosalba O'Brien and Leslie Adler)

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