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Harvey Weinstein’s NYC Sex Crimes Retrial Fixed For After Labor Day

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Harvey Weinstein’s retrial is scheduled for “sometime after Labor Day,” as announced by a judge on Wednesday, marking his first appearance in a Manhattan courtroom since the New York Court of Appeals overturned his rape conviction.

Weinstein was wheeled into and out of the Manhattan Supreme Court courtroom on Wednesday afternoon, clad in a dark suit and tie, where he sat before Judge Curtis Farber for a 20-minute session without making any statements.

His defense attorney, Arthur Aidala, reiterated Weinstein’s assertion of innocence, which he has maintained since their initial meeting five years ago. Aidala also expressed skepticism about the strength of the prosecution’s case, highlighting Weinstein’s previous acquittal of the most serious charges.

The original trial and subsequent conviction stemmed from a damning New York Times article in October 2017, which detailed Weinstein’s history of sexual misconduct and led to numerous accusations and the emergence of the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein was arrested on May 25, 2018, on charges related to allegations of sexual assault by two women. Prosecutors argued that Weinstein exploited his position of power to coerce aspiring actresses into unwanted sexual encounters under the guise of advancing their careers.

In February 2020, Weinstein was found guilty of criminal sexual assault and third-degree rape but acquitted of the most severe charges. However, the New York Court of Appeals overturned his conviction, citing errors in allowing testimony about uncharged sexual assaults.

Following the court’s decision, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office expressed its intention to retry Weinstein if the complaining witnesses were willing to participate in another trial.

Weinstein, currently 72 years old, remains in custody, having been transferred to various detention facilities. His defense team has indicated they will not seek bail.

Despite his conviction in Los Angeles in 2022, where he was sentenced to 16 years in prison, Weinstein’s legal team is appealing that case, with their appeal brief due by May 20, according to reports.

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