We­in­stein fails to dis­miss sex as­sault case

The Weekend Post - - World -

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.

Pic­ture: AP

RE­FUSED: Har­vey We­in­stein passes through se­cu­rity as he heads into court.

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