15:14 GMT10 July 2020
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    On Friday, a lawyer for an accuser of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul accused of sexual misconduct, said there is “no deal” to resolve the sexual assault cases against him, despite reports yesterday that a $44 million deal would resolve the lawsuits filed by multiple women against the movie producer.

    On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal, citing the proposed settlement and people familiar with the matter, reported that Weinstein's former film studio's board members and the New York attorney general's office had reached a $44 million deal to compensate the alleged victims and settle the suits. 

    The supposed $44 million settlement would allocate about $30 million to the plaintiffs, while the remaining $14 million would go towards the legal fees of Weinstein's associates, including his former board members, who are defendants in the lawsuits.

    The first accusations against Weinstein emerged in October 2017, following media reports about his alleged assaults. Dozens of women claimed he had raped or sexually assaulted them, starting a campaign that gave rise to the #MeToo movement in the United States. The alleged victims also sued The Weinstein Company and Miramax for being aware of the producer's alleged conduct and helping him to threaten and pay off victims, Sputnik previously reported.


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