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Harvey Weinstein Case Moves Forward, As Judge Denies Bid To Dismiss Charges

Harvey Weinstein Case Moves Forward, As Judge Denies Bid To Dismiss Charges

A NY judge has allowed Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case to move forward.

Supreme Court Justice James Burke in Manhattan denied the movie producer's motion to dismiss criminal charges, rejecting his argument that the case was tainted by police and prosecutorial misconduct. They called the case - which involves five charges in connection with assaults against two women - "irreparably tainted" amid allegations that a police detective acted "improperly in the investigation".

The hearing will see a judge decide whether Weinstein should face charges of raping a woman he knew in a hotel room in March, 2013.

Weinstein, who denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex, is putting on his fiercest campaign yet to get the case thrown out.

Manhattan prosecutors dropped one of the charges against him - allegations that he raped an aspiring actress who was still in college - after evidence surfaced that Det.

Weinstein arrived at the Manhattan courthouse shortly before 9:30 a.m.to attend the brief hearing, which lasted about 10 minutes.

Weinstein has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, including rape.

Brafman says he also has access to thousands of emails from Weinstein's former movie studio's servers that will weaken the case against his client, according to The Associated Press.

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Burke denied the defense's motion to dismiss any of the counts, but conferred with counsel at the bench and did not discuss his reasoning on the record, reports CBS News' Erica Brown.

Weinstein, 66, has pleaded not guilty to five felony charges, including predatory sexual assault and rape, in connection with two women in separate incidents.

News that the case is moving forward was the talk of Twitter on Thursday morning, as all things Weinstein tend to be.

DiGaudio allegedly told the witness in February that when she spoke to prosecutors, "less is more".

More than 60 women have come forward with sexual misconduct claims against Weinstein since exposes in The New York Times and The New Yorker uncovered decades of his alleged bad behaviour in October, 2017.

Mr Weinstein has also argued that the indictment should be dismissed because the grand jury had not been shown communications that he said showed a long-term, consensual relationship between him and one of the women.

Harvey Weinstein could face life in prison if convicted.

They have said the prosecutors' case is tarnished by police misconduct and asked for an evidentiary hearing over the revelations. The Times typically does not name women who make accusations of sexual assault, but Haleyi and Evans have told their stories in public.


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