Friday 20 September 2019

Weinstein pleads not guilty to third charge of sexual assault


Harvey Weinstein arrives in court (Mark Lennihan/AP)
Harvey Weinstein arrives in court (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Tom Hays

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to a new indictment that includes revised charges of predatory sexual assault, forcing his trial to be delayed until early next year.

The change to the case was intended to open the door for an actress to give evidence against Mr Weinstein in a rape and sexual assault trial scheduled to start on September 9.

Mr Weinstein made a brief appearance in a Manhattan courtroom before Judge James Burke, who scolded him for pulling out his mobile phone.

The date for the trial to begin was set for January 6, 2020. Mr Weinstein (67) who is free on $1m (€900,000) bail, has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.

The third charge has been added following allegations by actress Annabella Sciorra.

Irish Independent

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