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Manhattan prosecutors seek new charges against ex-movie mogul Harvey Weinstein

Prosecutors are seeking to retry Weinstein after his 2020 rape conviction was overturned by New York's highest appeals court.
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Posted at 9:27 AM, Jul 09, 2024

Disgraced former Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is facing new allegations of sexual assault.

Prosecutors with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office told a judge Tuesday they are evaluating more criminal complaints of sexual misconduct against Weinstein and intend to file charges ahead of his anticipated retrial later this year. Prosecutors have said they are assessing which of these new complaints fall within New York's statute of limitations, but also that some of the accusers are not ready to come forward publicly just yet.

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Weinstein attorney Arthur Aidala addressed reporters outside the courthouse, accusing prosecutors of using "delay tactics" and saying his client is "ready to go to trial."

"Just to be clear, the only evidence [prosecutors] have turned over is all the evidence we had for the last trial," Aidala said. "So there's nothing new that we have, so we're ready to go."

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Tuesday's hearing came just months after New York's highest appeals court overturned Weinstein's 2020 rape conviction and coinciding 23-year prison sentence, concluding that the judge on the case mishandled what information jurors were exposed to, including letting women testify about allegations not related to the case. The ruling reopened a painful chapter for those behind the powerful #MeToo movement.

Prosecutors in the case have asked the judge for a September retrial.

Weinstein, 72, still remains in police custody because he also faces a 16-year prison sentence for rape in Los Angeles. He's due back in court July 19.