Weinstein fails to dismiss sex assault case
A NEW York judge refused to dismiss sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein yesterday, rejecting the disgraced Hollywood titan’s fierce push to have his indictment thrown out.
Judge James Burke’s ruling buoyed a prosecution that appeared on rocky ground amid a prolonged defence effort to raise doubts about the case and the police investigation.
Weinstein’s lawyers argued the case had been “irreparably tainted” by a detective’s alleged coaching of a potential witness and one of the accusers. They also said the grand jury that indicted Weinstein should have been shown friendly emails he exchanged with his two accusers after the alleged attacks. But Burke ruled Weinstein’s prosecutorial misconduct claims had “no basis” and that prosecutors were under no obligation to give the grand jury evidence favourable to the defence.
He denied Weinstein’s demand for a hearing to examine the investigation and rebuked his lawyers over claims that political pressure had led to the charges.
REFUSED: Harvey Weinstein passes through security as he heads into court.