Attorneys for producer Harvey Weinstein and several of the women who accuse him of sexual misconduct are trying to reach an economic settlement with insurance companies, mediated by the New York attorney general's office.
According to the Wall Street Journal, two days have already been set aside for the meetings at the beginning of next November to try to reach an agreement on all the civil suits against Weinstein and his Miramax production studio.
Both Miramax, which filed for bankruptcy last March, and its co-founder Robert Weinsten, Harvey's brother, are represented by their lawyers in these conversations because they have been included in the lawsuits against Hollywwod's exorbitant producer.
The newspaper highlights that this is the first major effort so far to resolve more than a dozen legal actions that Weinstein faces, and the goal of these talks, which are just beginning, is to create a fund to compensate the victims, although the amount they should receive is unknown.
More than 80 women have accused Harvey of harassment or sexual abuse in different countries.
The newspaper also points out that the lawyers of the alleged victims are claiming more than 100 million dollars in compensation and that insurers offer to pay only a fraction of that figure.
The legal actions against Weinstein have been filed in jurisdictions in New York, California, Canada and the United Kingdom and the plaintiffs include British actress Kadian Noble, who in her lawsuit accuses the exorbitant Hollywood producer of sex trafficking.
Also to the former staff of the producer, Sandeep Rehal, who claims that his former boss harassed him sexually, and the producer Alexandra Canosa, who also says that Weinstein harassed and abused her for years, recalls the newspaper.
Among the challenges in this attempt to reach an agreement is how to compensate women who have accused Weistein of abuse but have not made legal claims, in addition to other legal obstacles that the alleged victims may face.
Any possible agreement in the civil suits will not affect the criminal charges that Weinstein faces in the Manhattan Supreme Court, of which he has pleaded not guilty.
A spokesman for lawyer Elior Shiloh, who represents Weinstein, told the newspaper that they are actively defending "the claims made against Weinstein."
The exproducer has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.
Meanwhile, the lawsuit that the state attorney general's office filed in February of this year for violation of civil rights against the Miramax company and the Weinstein brothers continues, as well as the investigation that began in 2017.