ONE DOWN, FIVE MORE TO GO FOR WE­IN­STEIN

A New York court dis­missed one of six charges of as­sault filed against the dis­graced pro­ducer, cit­ing in­con­sis­ten­cies in the al­leged vic­tim’s story

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - AGEN­CIES ES

ANew York judge on Thurs­day dis­missed one of the six crim­i­nal charges against movie pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein, af­ter prose­cu­tors said they could not op­pose the dis­missal in light of in­for­ma­tion they had learned while in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case, in­clud­ing in­con­sis­ten­cies in the plain­tiff’s story.

The dis­missed charge con­cerns an al­leged sex­ual as­sault of a Lu­cia Evans by We­in­stein in 2004. Five other charges, in­volv­ing al­leged as­saults of two other women, re­main in the case. We­in­stein has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. We­in­stein’s lawyer Ben­jamin Braf­man said he would seek dis­missal of the re­main­ing charges as well.

“What trou­bles me is that when you are vil­i­fied in the me­dia, as has Mr. We­in­stein, there is a rush to judg­ment, which is of­fen­sive to the con­cept of fair­ness and due process,” Braf­man said. “There is a rush to ar­rest, there is pres­sure to ar­rest, and what we see is that hap­pened in this case,” he added.

Over 70 women in the in­dus­try, in­clud­ing ac­tors Asia Ar­gento, Gwyneth Pal­trow, An­gelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino, Ash­ley Judd, Rose Mc­Gowan, Lea Sey­doux and Eva Green, have ac­cused We­in­stein of sex­ual mis­con­duct. How­ever, We­in­stein has de­nied hav­ing non-con­sen­sual sex with any­one.

As the ac­cu­sa­tions against We­in­stein mounted, his com­pany fired him and filed for bank­ruptcy, and he was ex­pelled from the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences. We­in­stein is known for pro­duc­ing films such as Shake­speare in Love (1998), Pulp Fic­tion (1994), and The King’s Speech (2010).

PHOTO: CHRIS PIZZELLO/IN­VI­SION/AP

Har­vey We­in­stein has de­nied hav­ing non­con­sen­sual sex with any­one

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