Bill Cosby jailed, Harvey Weinstein pays accusers $25M without admitting guilt

Bill Cosby jailed, Harvey Weinstein pays accusers $25M without admitting guilt

"Many of us are outside the statute of limitations, and we can't have our day in criminal court with Harvey", one of Weinstein's accusers, Caitlin Dulany, 56, told the Times.

The disgraced producer appeared in court in New York City on Wednesday for a hearing on his criminal sexual assault case - which was filed after he was accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct - and according to the New York Times, a deal has been made between Weinstein, his former film company, and his accusers.

The 67-year-old would not be required under the settlement to admit wrongdoing or pay anything, and insurers for the former Weinstein Co studio would fund the payout, it added. The insurance company for The Weinstein Company would be responsible for paying $25 million in the settlement.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges, maintaining the sexual encounters were consensual.

While the deal would cover more than 30 actresses and former Weinstein employees, and requires them to sign off on it to share in the settlement, it is not known how many will agree to participate.

"We understand that many victims have been so emotionally devastated and drained by this process that they can not go on", he added.

Weinstein also turned over his passport, and he will continue to wear a two-part monitor with a slim bracelet and separate signaling component because a standard ankle bracelet is too bulky and doesn't work for Weinstein due to his poor health.

"If this is the best the survivors could get, the system is broken", read the tweet in part.

In the criminal case, Illuzzi had argued at an earlier bail hearing that Weinstein had "almost unlimited resources" after making tens of millions of dollars selling his NY properties.

The New York State Office of the Attorney General declined to comment on the tentative deal. His attorney explained that Weinstein will shortly undergo back surgery to treat an injury sustained in a auto accident.

Geiss said the agreement was a way to establish a new reality that Weinstein's behaviour was not acceptable. Many, she said, were because of the location of Weinstein's home, which is in Bedford, N.Y., where there are few cell towers. "This is a good thing for you".

Weinstein's lawyer, Donna Rotunno, said he is "looking forward" to the trial and that they plan an aggressive defence with vigorous cross-examination.

That has left his whereabouts unrecorded for hours at a time, she said. Under the purported agreement, the women had to raise their claims along with the studio's creditors.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi first raised Weinstein's alleged bail violations at a hearing last Friday.

She said there had been 57 violations in less than two months.

Attorneys for Weinstein, who entered the Manhattan Supreme Court with a walker because of upcoming back surgery, said the producer had technical issues with the monitor and that it was never mishandled intentionally.

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