Harvey Weinstein: judge rejects bid to dismiss sexual assault charges

Harvey Weinstein leaves the hearing at New York Criminal Court 20 December where a judge dismissed his bid to have two charges dropped

The disgraced mogul faces five felony charges, including predatory sexual assault and rape.

Harvey Weinstein is expected to face trial "fairly soon" after a judge refused to dismiss the sexual assault case against him.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. Several activists involved in these movements made their presence known at the hearing.

The last time Weinstein appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court the same judge dismissed part of the indictment against him after it was revealed that a police detective had withheld crucial evidence from prosecutors.

Burke could also keep the indictment in place, but grant the defense's request for an evidentiary hearing.

A friend of Evans said she had heard her say that she had willingly engaged in oral sex with Weinstein to secure a movie role.

Brafman says the case has been "irreparably tainted" by alleged police misconduct.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents one of the alleged victims, said she is satisfied that the case will move to a pretrial hearing, adding that the case against Weinstein is strong.

Manhattan prosecutors dropped one of the charges against him - allegations that he raped an aspiring actress who was still in college - after evidence surfaced that Det.

Nevertheless, since October, many experts speculate that the case against Weinstein has suffered a serious blow.

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"This is not about the #MeToo movement", Brafman said following the hearing.

Former WNBA President Lisa Borders, who's now CEO of the anti-abuse group Time's Up, said outside court Thursday that Weinstein has "failed in his efforts to avoid accountability for his crimes".

"The issue to me is how much taint. how much the police officer's actions influence the other charges", Barron told AFP. Prosecutors insist that the DiGaudio allegations haven't sullied the rest of the case.

It wouldn't rule out prosecutors bringing charges involving other women who say they were sexually assaulted by Weinstein in NY.

"These women saying nice things to Weinstein - would that surprise anybody?"

If the case is not thrown out, Brafman will likely argue for all other Weinstein accusers to be barred from testifying.

Cosby's conviction has so far marked a monumental step forward in the #MeToo movement, as he became the first prominent man to be convicted in a nationwide reckoning of sexual assault and harassment.

If that happens, Gershman says the jury will have to decide: "Did they consent or did they consent involuntarily?"

"The court finds that the defendant's claim of prosecutorial or law enforcement misconduct in the proceedings, or pervasive falsity in and around the Grand Jury presentation", wrote Burke.

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