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.