Movie maker Harvey Weinstein loses bid to dismiss criminal case

Harvey Weinstein in court as judge declines to dismiss #MeToo sexual assault case against him - live updates

Now comes a potential day of reckoning for the disgraced movie mogul.

On Thursday, the onetime Hollywood heavyweight producer will be back in a NY courtroom as his star attorney Ben Brafman asks a judge to dismiss the sex assault charges against his client.

Weinstein, who faces a up to life in prison if convicted of the five charges against him, has denied having nonconsensual sex with anyone following accusations by more than 70 women, mostly young actresses and other women employed in the movie business, of sexual misconduct, including rape, going back decades.

If Harvey Weinstein was in charge of this script, today he'd be looking to do a reverse of the "perp walk" he was led on after his arrest. There, police investigators could be summoned to court to answer questions about alleged misconduct.

The friend told investigators that Weinstein and the accuser had been "hooking up" consensually for a while and that she never heard her say anything bad about him until previous year, Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, said in a court filing.

However, Judge James Burke ruled the case can move forward.

When the Weinstein case goes to trial, it will no doubt be a massive media spectacle. Joining her was a delegation of women from Time's Up including actresses Amber Tamblyn, Marisa Tomei and Kathy Najimy. Their voices would "help their case tremendously", similar to how five witnesses testified against Bill Cosby before he was convicted and sentenced earlier this year for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand.

In October 2017, dozens of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of a wide array of misconduct.

Could Harvey Weinstein, public enemy number one of the #MeToo movement, end up walking away a free man?

Prosecutors nevertheless want the case to continue and reject Brafman's motion that the process is beyond fix.

Such a ruling wouldn't rule out prosecutors bringing charges involving other women who say they were sexually assaulted by Weinstein in NY.

He apparently told another accuser, Mimi Haleyi, who says Weinstein forced her into oral sex in 2006, to delete text messages that could be potentially embarrassing for her, despite prosecutors' advice not to do so.

Mr Weinstein's lawyers argued that the latest case was "irreparably tainted" by the detective's...

The former Weinstein Co. leader put on his fiercest campaign yet to get the case thrown out, seizing on allegations of unscrupulous police work and putting forth a witness who says his rape accuser pressured her to corroborate her story.

"The only reasonably prudent decision would be to stop this chaos now", Brafman said in a court filing. Weinstein's lawyers are also claiming that the prosecution has not included evidence, specifically correspondence between Weinstein and his accusers that they claim allude to a consensual relationship.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Anthony Davis responds to LeBron James' open recruitment
Dec 22, 2018 - 16:15
LeBron James took National Football League owners to task in the latest episode of " The Shop " via The Washington Post . Silver, in contrast, "doesn't mind us having. a real feeling and be able to express that", James said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump Considering Withdrawing Thousands Of US Troops From Afghanistan Soon
Dec 22, 2018 - 14:43
The US has been in Afghanistan since 2001, after the 11 September attacks - the longest war in US history. Wednesday's announcement on Syria was also met with criticism from USA allies and coalition partners.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jürgen Klopp praises Liverpool’s maturity after victory at Wolves
Dec 22, 2018 - 12:12
Salah turned from scorer to provider as he dinked a ball in to the box that was met by Virgil van Dijk to turn home. More chances went begging via Romain Saiss and Morgan Gibbs-White as Wolves couldn't find a way back into the game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Real Madrid qualify for final
Dec 20, 2018 - 15:24
I will always try give my best for the team. "The aim was to reach the final, and now our objective is to lift the Cup". We expect these type of performances from him every time he plays, not just the goals, but his commitment to the team.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Facebook shares drop as Cambridge Analytica data privacy fallout spreads
Dec 20, 2018 - 14:30
In 2013, a researcher launched a Facebook app, promoted as a personality quiz, which claimed to generate a personality profile. The organization criticized Facebook for not doing enough to protect the data of its African-American users.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Japan lays down $242-B defense plan
Dec 20, 2018 - 14:12
The guidelines say Japan needs to beef up its air defence capability in the Pacific, while expanding surveillance in the area. The five-year plan imposes a record expenditure of 27.47 trillion yen (244 billion euro) on Defense until March 2024.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Director Penny Marshall Dies, Aged 75 | News
Dec 20, 2018 - 00:25
The news of Marshall's passing was confirmed by her publicist Michelle Bega , who had this to say in a statement. Marshall's family released a statement saying, "Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Naughty parrot befriends owner’s Alexa and orders goodies from Amazon
Dec 18, 2018 - 15:45
The African grey population is dwindling precisely because they imitate human speech so well and people love to use them as pets. After she found out that Rocco is getting mischievous again, she had to constantly check if the parrot has ordered anything.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Miss Spain makes history as 1st transgender Miss Universe contestant
Dec 18, 2018 - 15:27
In a Rappler Talk , Thirdy further expounded on why Catriona was deserving to win the crown. A teary eyed, Angela in her recorded interview said, "I don't need to win Miss Universe ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nigel Farage Reacts To Jeremy Corbyn's Motion Of No Confidence In PM
Dec 18, 2018 - 14:41
But the prime minister has argued vehemently that this would betray the 2016 result and undermine public confidence in politics. Labour reacted by suggesting the prime minister was "scared".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Manchester United sack José Mourinho and eye Mauricio Pochettino
Dec 18, 2018 - 14:33
Reset the club in terms of recruitment and decision making and make sure that what they do next is the right move. Neville went on to add that it could be a defining moment for the club.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump names budget office head Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff
Dec 18, 2018 - 13:01
Only hours earlier, the president had a list of five candidates, according to Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president. Mr Trump announced last week that Mr Kelly, who served in the post for more than a year, would soon be departing.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Federal prosecutors probing Trump inauguration spending
Dec 15, 2018 - 18:05
It read: "The (committee) is not aware of any pending investigations and has not been contacted by any prosecutors". At least one of the inaugural committee's leadership staff is likely to ring familiar.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jaylen Brown discusses Dwyane Wade, LeBron James' impact on his career
Dec 15, 2018 - 17:45
The Lakers win means James finished with 16 wins to Wade's 15 in head-to-head meetings between the two players. This year is Wade's farewell tour and tonight is the second and final meeting between the Lakers and Heat.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sri Lanka Parliament passes vote of confidence on ousted PM
Dec 15, 2018 - 16:32
When Sirisena's decision was contested, he dissolved Parliament and called for a snap parliamentary election in January. He had however said that he will not appoint United National Front leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.