Manhattan prosecutors expect Harvey Weinstein retrial in November in #MeToo-era rape case

PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

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Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (Jefferson Siegel/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan prosecutors told a judge Tuesday they expect to retrial Harvey Weinstein in November as they move to bring new sexual assault charges against the disgraced media mogul.

Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg said prosecutors had not yet presented their findings to the grand jury and added that she could not give the court a timeline for when the investigation would be completed.

“People are still investigating trauma,” she said. “It’s an ongoing process.”

But Weinstein’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala, who sat next to him in a wheelchair with his client, suggested the investigation was simply a delaying tactic by prosecutors, adding that something similar happened before the first rape trial.

“Once again, we have a person and we are looking for a crime,” he said. “We have a hotline called ‘1-800-Get-Harvey.’”

Blumberg responded that the office is actively pursuing claims related to the Manhattan rape within the statute of limitations.

She added that some potential survivors who were not prepared to come forward during Weinstein’s first New York trial may now have signaled they are willing to testify.

“We are certainly not using any delaying tactics,” Blumberg said. “We are proceeding in the most expeditious manner.”

She added that the prosecutor’s office plans to start the trial in the fall.

Asked by Judge Curtis Farber what month she envisioned, Blumberg replied, “November would be a realistic date.”

Aidala said his client simply wants the trial to start as soon as possible, noting he is in his fifth year of prison.

“He’s in terrible pain,” Aidala said, adding that Weinstein suffers from macular degeneration, “fluid in his lungs” and diabetes, which is “very serious” due to a poor diet behind bars.

“He’s basically not getting any treatment for this,” Aidala said. “This is not a young man. This is a sick man.”

“These tactics used by prosecutors are simply delay, delay, delay,” he added.

Judge Farber set the next pretrial hearing for July 19.

Weinstein, 72, has said any sexual activity was consensual. He is currently being held at Rikers Island Jail, but has suffered from health problems throughout his time behind bars.

In April, New York’s highest court threw out Weinstein’s rape conviction after finding that the judge presiding over the case had wrongly admitted incriminating testimony against him, relying on accusations from other women who were not part of the case.

The ruling reopened a painful chapter in America’s reckoning with sexual harassment by powerful figures. The #MeToo era began in 2017 with a flood of accusations against Weinstein.

Weinstein, who was serving a 23-year sentence in New York, was also convicted in Los Angeles in 2022 of another rape and remains sentenced to 16 years in prison in California. But in an appeal filed last month in the Second District Court of Appeal for California, Weinstein’s lawyers argued that he did not receive a fair trial in Los Angeles.


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An earlier version of the report misspelled the name of Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg.