Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives for a court hearing in New York New York U.S
09 January, 2020, 13:58
Many have accusations of crimes that happened outside of NY (hence the separate charges in L.A.) Others are prohibited from filing charges due to a statute of limitations.
To make their case, prosecutors plan to call some of the more than 75 women who have come forward publicly to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault.
He faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault.
Scores of potential jurors were summoned for a selection process which could take weeks, given the heavy publicity surrounding the case and the way Weinstein has been cast as the chief villain of the #MeToo movement.
Mr Aidala asked for additional time during jury questioning to address the jury's knowledge of the case or to add a question on the jury questionnaire about it.
The trial is expected to last for around six weeks.
In addition, Los Angeles prosecutors yesterday charged Weinstein with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents in 2013.
First of all, as L.A. prosecutors just made clear, the two women in NY are not the only ones pursuing criminal charges against Weinstein. He could get life in prison if convicted.
His arraignment has not yet been scheduled and prosecutors will recommend $5 million bail.
Harvey Weinstein has been using a walking frame as he enters and leaves court in NY. He has said any sexual activity was consensual. The criminal charges against him refer to just three accusers.
The document claims that in February 2013, Weinstein "allegedly went to a hotel and raped a woman after pushing his way inside her room".
It should also be obvious, but even assaulting and raping two women (which Weinstein denies) is too many. Some may not have the kind of evidence needed to proceed with a criminal charge (which in no way proves their stories are false).
Haleyi, Sciorra and the 2013 accuser are nearly certain to testify in a trial that is expected to last up to eight weeks.
Weinstein was initially charged with a criminal sexual act in the first degree relating to allegations made by Evans, a marketing executive. Their testimony is meant to bolster the charges by showing that Weinstein had a consistent pattern of behavior.
"At that point, L.A. would have [a few] options: They could either proceed, they could wait for sentencing, or after he's sentenced, they could do what's called a "writ" to try to bring him to California custody", Geragos said.
While criminal defendants and their lawyers typically avoid revealing their strategy before trial, Weinstein has dropped some hints.
"He was calling and texting a minute ago", Judge Burke said to the defense team. They are the ones involved in this specific trial, which is unlikely to be the only trial involving Weinstein.
Accuser two: Weinstein is also accused of committing a forcible sexual act against a woman in 2006. Lawyer Rotunno declined immediate comment on those charges.
Weinstein, appearing pale, sat shaking his head and said "no, no", denying that he had used his phone.
There is some connection between the cases. One of the Los Angeles accusers is expected to testify in the NY case to help prosecutors establish what they say was Weinstein's pattern of forcing himself on young actresses and women trying to break into Hollywood.
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