A judge has declined to dismiss the sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein. They also said the grand jury should have been shown evidence that Weinstein had exchanged friendly emails with his two accusers after the alleged attacks.
"Moreover, there is no basis in law that the conduct of law enforcement must be imputed to the prosecutor".
The next hearing is set for March 7. He said he's confident Weinstein will be "completely exonerated", calling the judge's decision a "technical ruling on the law". "It's a specific criminal case". He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex since a flood of accusations against him about a year ago sparked several other women to come forward about their own experiences of sexual assault. He left court without commenting.
Weinstein was initially indicted on sex-crime charges involving three women, including one who said that the producer raped her in 2013 at a Midtown Manhattan hotel.
More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment and the allegations against the producer helped fuel the global #MeToo movement. About half a dozen women supporting Time's Up, including actresses Amber Tamblyn and Marisa Tomei, were at the hearing Thursday. He turned himself into New York City Police at the time.
Judge James Burke is expected to rule after a flurry of court papers in which Weinstein's lawyers say the case has devolved into chaos and prosecutors say there's ample evidence to move forward to trial. "Now, we'll see whether the breakthrough continues with the Weinstein case". Some reports say over 100 women.
Weinstein's defense was boosted in October by back-to-back allegations of misconduct in the police investigation.
Brafman alleged that the detective in question, Nicholas DiGaudio, made other mistakes.
DiGaudio allegedly told the witness last February that "less is more" but kept prosecutors in the dark.
"This indictment was based on evidence and testimony before the grand jury", she said upon leaving court.
His legal team has tried to get the charges dismissed on grounds of "police misconduct".
He apparently told another accuser, Mimi Haleyi, who says Weinstein forced her into oral sex in 2006, to delete text messages that could be potentially embarrassing for her, despite prosecutors' advice not to do so.
Late last month, Weinstein's lawyers said they spoke to a woman who said the rape accuser asked her to corroborate her allegations, but the friend wouldn't 'make up a story'.
"The only reasonably prudent decision would be to stop this chaos now", Brafman said in a court filing.
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