Harvey Weinstein has earned a reputation as a…I want to say “disgusting pig,” but that feels disrespectful to actual pigs. But for lack of a better word, he’s a pig who allegedly couldn’t keep his hands to himself. Well, according to The New York Times, Harvey is about to use his hands to write a massive settlement check for his victims, former employees, creditors, and legal fees.
When last we checked in with Harvey’s situation, we learned that his criminal sexual assault trial was moving forward, and that a judge had decided preliminary hearings would be closed, because making them public might prevent Harvey from getting a fair trial. In the meantime, sources say that Harvey will be busy dumping settlement money on other various situations. Three sources tell The Times that Harvey and his former studio board members have tentatively reached a deal in which Harvey will agree to fork over $44 million to settle various lawsuits against him brought forward by numerous victims. That’s much less than the $90 million it was estimated at last year.
People reports that his criminal trial (the one where he was charged with one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree and one count each of first-degree rape and third-degree rape) is set for September 9th, and won’t be affected by this rumored settlement agreement.
However, this doesn’t mean there won’t be more trials. Harvey has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than 80 women, and The Times thinks this settlement move could bring on more civil lawsuits. So this mess might be just the beginning.
For once in a long-ass time, Harvey has nothing to say on the matter. Reps for Harvey didn’t have any comment to make when reached by press regarding the settlement, and neither did the New York Attorney General’s office.
As for where all that money is going, sources say that about $30 million will go to a group of plaintiffs that include alleged victims, creditors of the now-defunct The Weinstein Company, and several former employees of said studio. The remainder of the money – about $14 million – will go to legal fees, like those of board members who were named as defendants in the lawsuits. $44 million feels like a little bit of justice, and it did make me feel good to picture Harvey Weinstein crying as he opened his wallet and saw nothing but a single, sad moth flying out. But it might not be like that. The Times says that insurance policies will cover the $44 million. So basically, Harvey can save the single, sad moth act for his child support issues. And that’s if he can even get a moth to agree to go within 10 feet of him. At this point, I think Harvey’s only bug options are cockroaches or those beetles that are used to working with turds.