Harvey Weinstein facing new sex assault probe in New York

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Picture caption, Harvey Weinstein in court docket on Tuesday

  • Writer, Graeme Baker
  • Function, BBC Information, Washington

Harvey Weinstein is being investigated for “extra violent sexual assaults” months after a earlier conviction in New York was overturned, a court docket in Manhattan has heard.

Nicole Blumberg, an assistant district lawyer, informed Tuesday’s listening to that the alleged assaults fell throughout the statute of limitations, however didn’t say when prosecutors can be able to press any contemporary expenses.

The disgraced movie mogul, 72, is already going through a retrial after his 2020 conviction for sexual assault and rape was overturned in April on the premise that it was unfair.

“As we mentioned in 2020, there have been girls who weren’t able to proceed with the authorized course of. A few of these girls are actually able to proceed,” Ms Blumberg informed Tuesday’s listening to.

Weinstein’s lawyer Arthur Aidala informed the listening to that the brand new investigations had been a delay tactic, including: “As soon as once more we have now a hotline: 1-800 Get Harvey.”

Mr Aidala added that his consumer was affected by a number of medical issues whereas being held in solitary confinement at New York’s Rikers Island jail.

Weinstein was introduced into court docket on Tuesday together with his left hand cuffed to his wheelchair.

Weinstein’s 2020 conviction was essential for the #MeToo motion, by which girls accused a whole lot of males within the media of sexual misconduct.

The Miramax movie studio founder was sentenced to 23 years in jail for sexually assaulting manufacturing assistant Miriam Haley and raping actress Jessica Mann.

Nevertheless, the New York Courtroom of Appeals in April discovered proof offered about Weinstein’s “prior unhealthy acts” from three witnesses unconnected to the fees in opposition to him violated the precise to a good trial.

Members of the #MeToo motion described the choice as “profoundly unjust”, whereas legal professionals for his victims mentioned the choice to retry was a “leap backwards” and “tragic”.

A retrial has been scheduled to start after the Labour Day vacation on 2 September, although no specific date has been set. Ms Blumberg mentioned on Tuesday that prosecutors might realistically go to trial in November.

Weinstein was additionally convicted to 16 years following a separate rape trial in California. That conviction was not affected by the New York enchantment court docket’s determination, and he has not begun serving the California sentence.

Greater than 80 girls have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. He denies all expenses in opposition to him.

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