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New Harvey Weinstein accusers may testify in Manhattan retrial

Prosecutors say they are investigating “additional brutal sexual assaults” allegedly committed by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, opening the possibility that more witnesses will come forward to testify as New York seeks a new indictment after his previous conviction was overturned.

Prosecutor Nicole Blumberg argued during Tuesday’s hearing before Judge Curtis Farber in New York state criminal court in Manhattan that further assaults Weinstein allegedly committed are still subject to the statute of limitations and could be charged as crimes.

“As we said in 2020, there were women who were not ready to continue with the legal process. Some of those women are now ready to continue,” Blumberg said, according to Reuters.

In a February 2020 conviction in New York, a jury found Weinstein guilty of third-degree rape of Jessica Mann and a sex offense against actress Miriam Haley. The mogul, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison, denied the assaults, saying the encounters were consensual.

Harvey Weinstein appears for trial in Manhattan Criminal Court on May 1, 2024. (Photo by David Dee Delgado-Pool/Getty Images)

But in April, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that Judge James Burke, who presided over the trial, erred by allowing three women to testify about alleged sexual assaults by Weinstein that were not part of the criminal charges against him. The appeals court said the testimony about “prior bad acts” violated his right to a fair trial.

Prosecutor Blumberg said they do not yet have new charges to bring against the former Miramax chief, but they plan to reconsider the case in the fall.

Weinstein, 72, looked ghostly pale as he was wheeled into the courtroom in a wheelchair for the hearing. His attorney, Arthur Aidala, argued that it was unfair for prosecutors to seek to add more victims to the case after his conviction was overturned.

“We have once again activated the hotline: ‘1-800 Get Harvey,’” Aidala said, adding that Weinstein had suffered from a number of health issues while in solitary confinement at Rikers Island prison in New York.

Doctors found Weinstein had fluid in his heart, spinal stenosis and macular degeneration in his eyes, Aidala said, adding that the patient was “in great pain due to his current conditions.”

“His diabetes is rampant because the diet they give him at Rikers Island is 90 percent sugar,” Aidala said. “He basically gets no treatment for it.”

He also accused prosecutors of using “delaying tactics” to keep Weinstein in prison, which Blumberg denied. Weinstein is due back in court on July 19.

Weinstein was also sentenced to 16 years after a separate rape trial in California. The two sentences cannot run concurrently.