Harvey Weinstein faces accuser as judge orders retrial over rape, sexual assault convictions

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The next hearing in the case will be May 29 to handle discovery issues, Farber said, adding that “we anticipate a trial schedule some date after Labour Day.”

“He will be remanded until trial.”

Weinstein was convicted in New York in 2020 of the rape and sexual assault of ex-actress Mann in 2013, and of forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006.

He was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Last week, New York’s highest court ruled the trial judge erred in admitting the testimony of women who were allegedly abused by Weinstein but who were not named in the charges brought against him.

Weinstein would have likely remained in custody anyway because of a conviction for rape in California for which he received a 16-year sentence.

The once-untouchable Hollywood heavyweight has suffered from a raft of health issues while in prison and has spent time in a secure hospital unit.

Bombshell allegations broke against the Oscar-winning producer in 2017, launching the #MeToo movement that saw more women fighting back against sexual violence and discrimination in the workplace.

The decision to quash the New York convictions rested on the fact the judge allowed prosecutors to rely on so-called “Molineux witnesses,” who were allowed to testify despite not being part of the charges — an exception to the normal rules surrounding evidence.

Lawyers said Weinstein’s Los Angeles conviction was unlikely to be affected by the New York reversal.

Weinstein’s legal team has indicated it now intends to appeal the California conviction.

Following his conviction in New York, a civil trial awarded $17 million to dozens of other women who had accused the former movie magnate of abuse.

Weinstein and his brother Bob co-founded Miramax Films, a distribution company named after their mother Miriam and father Max, in 1979. It was sold to Disney in 1993.

Their hits included 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love,” for which Weinstein shared a best picture Oscar. Over the years, Weinstein’s films have received more than 300 Oscar nominations and 81 statuettes.

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