The sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein is headed to trial after a judge rejected the former movie mogul’s bid to have it thrown out of court.
The New York Times reports that a state judge in Manhattan ruled today that the case can go forward, rejecting arguments by Weinstein’s legal team that errors by the police and prosecutors had tainted the case.
“The decision paved the way for Mr. Weinstein to go to trial next year on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to allow him to perform oral sex on her,” The Times reports.
The report adds: “Mr. Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, filed a motion last month asking Justice James Burke of State Supreme Court to dismiss the case. Mr. Brafman had argued that prosecutors did not share ‘highly exculpatory evidence’ with the grand jury and defense lawyers, including correspondence suggesting the women remained on friendly terms with Mr. Weinstein after the alleged attacks. Mr. Brafman also claimed that ‘police and prosecutorial misconduct’ had tainted the grand jury’s decision-making.”