Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the indictment
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Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul accused of rape and sexual assault by several women, pleaded not guilty to two new charges of predatory sexual assault that were added to his indictment on Monday.
He now faces seven counts, including first-degree and third-degree rape. Though Weinstein was originally scheduled to next appear in court on Sept. 9, the criminal trial has been pushed back to Jan. 6, according to Weinstein’s lawyer Donna Rotunno.
Rotunno said the defense plans to file “many motions” to dismiss the charges.
Annabella Sciorra, an actress who has said she was raped by Harvey Weinstein 26 years ago, will also be allowed to testify at the disgraced movie mogul’s criminal case in January, the judge ruled on Monday. Weinstein cannot be charged due to the statute of limitations for raping Sciorra at her apartment in 1993, as she had claimed in a 2017 interview with the New Yorker, but the actress’ testimony could strengthen the D.A.’s case against Weinstein in January.
“I admire Annabella’s courage,” Gloria Allred, who is representing Sciorra, said after the indictment. “She looks forward to a just result.”
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