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Manhattan prosecutors plan to bring more charges against Harvey Weinstein

Manhattan prosecutors announced Tuesday they plan to file new sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein ahead of his November retrial.

Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg said some potential survivors who were reluctant to testify during Weinstein’s first New York trial have said they are now willing to do so.

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Big photo: Prosecutors plan to actively pursue claims in the Manhattan rape case within the statute of limitations and are conducting a trauma-informed investigation.

  • Weinstein’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala, suggested that the investigation is merely a delaying tactic by the prosecution and that the prosecution is trying to find someone else to volunteer for the trial because it believes its current case is not strong enough.
  • Blumberg dismissed the notion that prosecutors plan to start the trial in the fall; November seems to be a realistic date.

Driving the News: Weinstein, who is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York and a 16-year sentence in California, maintains that any sexual activity was consensual.

  • Weinstein’s next pre-trial hearing will be July 19.
  • Some of Weinstein’s accusers, such as Jessica Mann, who was raped by Weinstein in 2020, have expressed a willingness to testify against him again, while others, such as Mimi Haley, do not want to go through the trauma of testifying.
  • Weinstein’s lawyers argue he is not receiving adequate medical care and is being held in isolation while serving his prison sentence.