Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Weinstein: NY DA Will Seek Grand Jury Indictment, Actress Claiming Rape Lost $55 Mil Lawsuit in October Against Lions Gate


There’s news on the Harvey Weinstein front: the NY Post is reporting that the New York District Attorney’s office will seek an indictment against Weinstein next week from a grand jury. The DA has decided not go for a straight arrest and trial, but to let the grand jury decide if there’s enough evidence to hold Weinstein over for trial.

The case before the grand jury will be the claim of actress Paz de la Huerta that in 2010 she was raped twice by Weinstein.

de la Huerta is not that well known, but hangs with a glitzy crowd of fashion and movie people in New York. She is not a stranger to court rooms or lawyers, apparently. This has nothing to do with her rape claim, but it’s of interest. In 2011 she was injured on set while making a Lions Gate movie. She received $70,000 in workmen’s compensation.

After the workmen’s comp settlement, de la Huerta filed a negligence case against Lions Gate, which was dismissed. Then she filed a $55 million breach of contract lawsuit against the studio. This involved parts of her role in the movie being voiced by a different actress. Last February a court ruled she could go ahead with an appeal to prior motions having been dismissed.

But largely unreported is that this past October 19th, the court dismissed the case. de la Huerta’s six year arduous court battle came to an end.

Now she begins a new one as her testimony to the grand jury will be key to their decision whether or not to indict Weinstein. If the indictment happens, Weinstein would be asked to return to New York from his rehab in Arizona and surrender to authorities.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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