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Harvey Weinstein returns to court after rape conviction overturned

The former film producer will return to trial in New York, after his previous trial was overturned

Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appeared in a Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday (1/5), less than a week after the New York Court of Appeals overturned his 2020 rape conviction. It was the first time Weinstein had been seen in public since his second rape conviction in a Los Angeles court in February 2023, when he was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

On Thursday, New York’s high court ruled by a 4-3 vote that the judge in the 2020 Weinstein trial erred by allowing the women to testify about allegations that were not part of the case. As a result, the 23-year prison sentence in New York was overturned, but Weinstein remains in custody following his conviction in Los Angeles.

Three women testified at the New York trial as “witnesses to prior bad acts” to establish a pattern of misbehavior and assault by Weinstein. The Court of Appeals ruled that his testimony distracted the jury from the charges he was being tried for, which led to his conviction being overturned.

Preparing for a new trial

After being informed of his situation, Weinstein was taken, in a wheelchair, to a new hearing packed with journalists, lawyers and various authorities. Attorney Gloria Allred and Weinstein accuser Jessica Mann were in court as the Manhattan district attorney’s office indicated he will seek a new trial later this year.

New York Circuit Judge Curtis Farber suggested during the hearing that the retrial should take place after Labor Day, which is September 2.

After their victory in the original mistrial, Weinstein’s lawyers are also appealing his conviction in Los Angeles, which could be vulnerable following a review of the New York verdict.

Who was Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein was the starting point for a series of sexual abuse and harassment allegations in 2017, which marked the start of the #MeToo movement. He has been accused of abuse by more than 100 women, including Oscar-winning actresses. Before that, he was considered the most powerful producer in Hollywood, winner of countless Oscars and more grateful to the ceremonies of the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences than God himself.

Among the films he produced we remember “Pulp Fiction” (1994), “Shakespeare in Love” (1998), “The English Patient” (1996), “Will Hunting” (1997), “Chicago” (2002), “Gangs of New York” (2002), “Frida” (2002), “Sin City” (2005), “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) and “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012).

Source: Terra

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