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Lawyer: Deal close in Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct lawsuits

Lawyer: Deal close in Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct lawsuits

Attorneys representing claims against Harvey Weinstein, his company and former associates have reached a $44 million settlement to resolve civil lawsuits over his alleged sexual misconduct. The former movie mogul has denied all accusations of nonconsensual sex.

If finalized, it would allocate about $30 million to the plaintiffs, which include Weinstein's alleged victims, people formerly employed by Weinstein Co., and creditors who loaned money to the production company before it filed bankruptcy past year.

"For the first time, as of yesterday...we now have an economic agreement in principle that is supported by the plaintiffs, the [New York attorney general's] office, the defendants and all of the insurers", Harris said.

One knowledgeable person said Walt Disney Co., which previously owned Bob and Harvey Weinstein's successful studio Miramax, also could contribute funds to cover alleged misconduct while that studio was part of the Burbank, Calif., entertainment giant.

Reps for Weinstein, the NY attorney general's office, and a lawyer for the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

"But", he added, "I personally am very optimistic".

It certainly does not impact Weinstein's current criminal case.

Weinstein faces five charges involving forcible sexual acts, charges which could land him in prison for life.

The proposed agreement would not affect a criminal case pending against Weinstein in Manhattan, which accuses him of raping a woman in a NY hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another women at his Manhattan apartment in 2006.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the parties had arrived at a figure of $44 million, of which $30 million would be set aside for accusers, their attorneys, and other creditors.

More than 15 misconduct lawsuits have been filed against Harvey Weinstein or the company, but the disgraced Hollywood film producer has since denied sexually assaulting two women and is due to go on trial in NY in September. His trial is scheduled to begin in September.

Some 80 women have accused him of sexual misconduct ranging from unwanted advances to rape. The reports revealed that Weinstein's behavior was an open secret in Hollywood.

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