Monday, July 22, 2024

Harvey Weinstein Rape Trial Postponed from June 3rd to September 9th After All Day Hearing Was Mostly Closed to Press


Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial has been postponed from June 3rd to September 9th.

This comes after a day long hearing that was mostly closed to the press. Judge James Burke gave the defense extra time to prepare, as Weinstein had changed attorneys and added some new ones in the last couple of weeks.

Weinstein is accused of five counts of rape and sexual assault, involving two victims, and could face life in prison if convicted.

The prosecutors want to call other women who have stories about Weinstein, but no decision has been reached. Some of those women came to court today, which is why media was shut out. Weinstein’s lawyers have argued that those women would prejudice the case.

The date of September 9th is a little ironic. It’s right in the middle of the Toronto Film Festival, Weinstein’s former field of dreams.

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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