LOS ANGELES: Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s bid to have two costs of sexual assault in opposition to a lady thrown out was rejected by a Los Angeles choose Thursday.
Weinstein, already convicted of rape in New York, was extradited final week to the California metropolis the place he as soon as towered over the film business, however now stands accused of the rape and sexual assault of a complete of 5 ladies.
Decide Lisa Lench dismissed the protection’s declare that an alleged rape and oral copulation by power of a lady in a lodge room between 2004 and 2005 fell outdoors the statute of limitations.
However the choose sustained the same protection argument involving an allegation of sexual battery in opposition to one other lady in 2010, ordering prosecutors to amend their cost for it to proceed.
Weinstein’s legal professional Mark Werksman informed journalists outdoors the court docket following Thursday’s listening to that “one-fifth of the prosecution’s case has been gutted.”
A pretrial listening to within the case is about for September 13.
“Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love” producer Weinstein, 69, is already serving 23 years in jail in New York.
He has denied 11 Los Angeles costs that, if convicted, might see him jailed for a further 140 years.
Widespread sexual abuse and harassment allegations in opposition to Weinstein exploded in 2017, triggering the worldwide #MeToo motion. In complete, practically 90 ladies together with Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek have accused Weinstein of harassment or assault.
Weinstein has stated all his sexual encounters had been consensual.
His attorneys tried to dam the extradition to Los Angeles on medical grounds, and a choose has granted a brand new medical examination.
Werksman final week informed reporters that Weinstein — who attended each Los Angeles hearings in a wheelchair — is unable to stroll because of a spinal situation.