Harvey Weinstein Pursued For Embezzling Studio Funds To Cover Up Assaults
The Manhattan District Attorney is investigating disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for possibly embezzling funding for movie shoots to use as hush money to cover up sexual assaults, the New York Post reported.
For decades, Weinstein, with the help of his brother Bob Weinstein, paid money to women he had assaulted, harassed or bullied as part of non-disclosure agreements to keep the incidents from becoming public. Over a dozen such settlements have been reported in the media. Payments have been as high as $1 million.
A source told the Post that the investigation into where the money came from is “wide-ranging and aggressive,” and has already resulted in more than two-dozen subpoenas in the search for a paper trail. Several Weinstein associates have also given voluntary interviews in the DA’s office this week.
According to the Post’s source, the money could have come from The Weinstein Company, which fired Weinstein in October, or from Miramax.
Weinstein has denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex.” A defense lawyer for Weinstein said: “Any financial settlements by Mr. Weinstein were fully vetted and approved by legal counsel for Mr. Weinstein and The Weinstein Company.”