Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Exclusive: NY Times Loses Appeal To Unseal Record of Latest Harvey Weinstein Hearing: “Allegations of Prior Sexual Offense Was Likely to Be Prejudicial or Defamatory”


An appellate court ruling has gone against the New York Times and press in general about the Harvey Weinstein hearing from a couple of weeks ago.

The judge in the case wouldn’t allow press at the hearing. The Times appealed to get the transcript, and lost.

At issue was whether the court would allow other alleged victims of Weinstein to testify at his trial. Some of those alleged victims spoke at the hearing, although their names are unknown. (One may be actress Annabelle Sciorra, who said last week she would testify if possible.)

But the appellate court ruling means no information will be released from that hearing.

The judges wrote:

“The subject matter of the Molineux/Sandoval hearing – allegations of prior uncharged sexual offenses by the defendant, the admissibility of which is disputed – was likely to be prejudicial and inflammatory. Further, some or all of the allegations may have been determined to be inadmissible at trial, or may not be offered at trial even if found potentially admissible. Contrary to petitioners’ suggestion, the People have
represented that some of the information has not yet been made public. Given the worldwide media scrutiny this case has
received, the motion court reasonably concluded that the sealing of documents relating to this single pretrial hearing was the
only way to prevent tainting the jury pool with such inadmissible, prejudicial information. We note that, to the extent information discussed at the hearing is determined to be admissible, such information will become public if and when it is introduced at trial.”

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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