WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — Judge James Burke on Thursday morning opted not to dismiss the sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein.
The case will move forward, with the next hearing set for March 7.
LOS ANGELES (CIRCA) — Since his arrest in May, the already astounding number of accusations against Harvey Weinstein, and the scope of the #MeToo movement itself, have only grown.
But ahead of his first pretrial appearance, the fate of the movie mogul is still unclear.
Weinstein faces a possible life sentence on charges of rape and sexual assault, but Thursday, his lawyer, Ben Brafman, will seek a dismissal of all charges on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct.
Brafman also may release emails between the accusers and Weinstein, which the defense claims will prove these were consensual relationships. Legal counsel for the accusers have expressed concerns of confidentiality should the emails be released.
Unlike with the case against Bill Cosby, New York state, where Weinstein’s case resides, rarely allows for “prior bad act” testimonies like those that helped secure Cosby’s three- to 10-year conviction in Pennsylvania.
Additionally, Weinstein accuser Asia Argento will likely not take part in the trial after The New York Times reported in August that she settled a complaint filed alleging she sexually assaulted a 17-year-old.
Though this trial may not be an open-and-shut case from a legal standpoint, the #MeToo movement has led to an unrelenting wave of reform in the entertainment industry, the effects of which will be felt for years to come.