Grand jury indicts Harvey Weinstein on rape, criminal sexual act charges

Joann Johnston
May 31, 2018

The remark about not trying the matter in the media is clearly directed at Weinstein lawyer Benjamin Brafman, who has been in front of the press repeatedly the past few days with trial balloons so speak of being denied vital case information and concerns if his client could get a fair trial in a media inflated environment.

Citing both a massive onslaught of publicity which crested over the weekend and "pressure" on Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., whose failure to prosecute a previous case involving Weinstein is being scrutinized by New York's attorney general, Brafman called it an "extraordinary" case.

Weinstein, 66, was charged Friday in two alleged sex attacks in Manhattan in 2004 and 2013.

"We are confident that when the jury hears the evidence, it will reject these attacks out of hand", Vance said.

Sciorra, 58, criticized the "VIP" treatment given to wealthy suspected criminals after Weinstein posted $1 million for bail. "I also think that pressure that is being brought to bear on the District Attorney's Office demanding that an indictment or a prosecution of Mr. Weinstein proceed is inappropriate pressure, it is unprecedented, and it troubles me".

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, fighting rape and sex crime charges in NY, will not testify before a Manhattan grand jury, his lawyer confirmed Wednesday, accusing prosecutors of acting under political pressure. "Weinstein, 66, was arraigned with a criminal complaint alleging he forced Lucia Evans, an aspiring actress, to perform oral sex in 2004 and raped a second woman at a NY hotel in 2013", reports the Hollywood Reporter.

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The 66-year-old was initially charged last week in what was hailed a landmark for the #MeToo movement, almost eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations of misconduct.

Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on rape and criminal sex act charges in New York City.

A grand jury handed it up Wednesday, hours after Brafman said Weinstein had decided not to testify before the secret panel. His request for more time was denied, the statement said.

Weinstein's defense attorney Ben Brafman told reporters Tuesday that one of the accusers had a longtime relationship with the movie producer, in an attempt to cast doubt on the allegations.

Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein.

His lawyer says the rape allegation involves a woman with whom Weinstein "shared a 10-year consensual sexual relationship that continued for years" after the alleged 2013 incident.

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