Harvey Weinstein to Appear Before Judge in New York Courthouse

Harvey Weinstein to Appear Before Judge in New York Courthouse
Harvey Weinstein appears at Manhattan criminal court for a preliminary hearing in New York on May 1, 2024. (Steven Hirsch/Pool/New York Post via AP)

NEW YORK—Harvey Weinstein is expected to appear before a judge Wednesday afternoon in the New York City courthouse.

Mr. Weinstein is awaiting a retrial on rape charges after his 2020 conviction was tossed out. Wednesday’s court hearing will address various legal issues related to the upcoming trial, which is tentatively scheduled for some time after Labor Day.

Mr. Weinstein is in custody and will be brought to and from the courtroom under guard.

Mr. Weinstein was convicted of rape in the third degree for an attack on Jessica Mann, an aspiring actor, and of sexually assaulting Miriam Haley, a former TV and film production assistant.

But last month New York’s highest court threw out those convictions after determining that the trial judge unfairly allowed testimony against him based on allegations from other women that weren’t part of the case. Mr. Weinstein, 72, has maintained that any sexual activity was consensual.

The #MeToo era began in 2017 with a flood of allegations against Mr. Weinstein.

Last week, prosecutors asked Judge Curtis Farber to remind Mr. Weinstein’s lawyers not to discuss or disparage potential witnesses in public ahead of the retrial.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office argued that Mr. Weinstein’s lead attorney, Arthur Aidala, made statements meant to intimidate Ms. Haley earlier this month.

Speaking outside of court on May 1, Mr. Aidala said Ms. Haley lied to the jury about her motive in coming forward and that his team planned an aggressive cross-examination on the issue “if she dares to come and show her face here.”

Mr. Aidala didn’t respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday about Mr. Bragg’s request.

Ms. Haley has said she does not want to go through the trauma of testifying again, “but for the sake of keeping going and doing the right thing and because it is what happened, I would consider it.”

Her attorney, Gloria Allred, declined to comment until after she attends Wednesday’s proceedings.

The Associated Press does not generally identify people alleging sexual assault unless they consent to be named, as both Ms. Haley and Ms. Mann have.

Mr. Weinstein, who had been serving a 23-year sentence in New York, was also convicted in Los Angeles in 2022 of another rape and is still sentenced to 16 years in prison in California.

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