Harvey Weinstein, the film producer fallen already continued for two sexual assaults, pleaded not guilty Monday before a judge in New York to two new charges of sexual assault. The beginning of the trial of former Hollywood mogul, planned in early September, has been postponed to January 6, 2020, to give time for the co-founder of the studios Miramax and The Weinstein Company to prepare its defence.
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Questioned by the judge James Burke asking him if he wanted to go to trial, Harvey Weinstein has laughed and responded “not really”. The office of the prosecutor of Manhattan was reported on Thursday to have obtained a new indictment in the case, which became a symbol of the movement #MeToo, without disclosing the content. The ex-producer of the film 67-year-old, who has always ensured that their sexual relations were consensual has already been accused of sexual abuse ranging from harassment to rape by more than 80 women, including many celebrities.
A trial in the hope that you can bear witness Annabelle Sciorra
for a Long time one of the powerful figures in Hollywood, until now there has been continued only for two alleged assaults, one sexual assault in 2006 on a production assistant, and a rape in 2013, on a woman remained anonymous. However, the new indictment would include the testimony of the actress Annabella Sciorra, best known for the series The sopranos , according to some u.s. media. As of October 2017, in an article in the New Yorker , which had helped to trigger the movement #MeToo , she accused Weinstein of raping her in 1993 at her home in Manhattan.
Annabella Sciorra, however, would have contacted the prosecutor too late for that its claims are too old to be formally prosecuted – are included in the indictment preceding, explained the prosecutor in charge of the dossier in a letter to the judge, quoted in the New York Times .
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The prosecutor had asked the judge to be able to testify as Annabella Sciorra as a witness at trial. The judge, James Burke, has rejected a first time, on the grounds that the actress had not testified previously before a grand jury, as required by the american procedure. The prosecutor would expect so, with the new indictment, get a green light on the testimony of Annabella Sciorra.