NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York judge has denied Harvey Weinstein’s request to dismiss two predatory sexual assault charges, ahead of the former Hollywood producer’s trial in January.
The decision released on Wednesday by Justice James Burke of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan is a victory for prosecutors who have charged Weinstein with five sex crimes, including rape.
Lawyers for Weinstein declined to comment in an email sent by their office. A spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance declined to comment.
Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges brought over allegations of sexual misconduct toward two female accusers in 2006 and 2013.
A trial is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2020. Weinstein could face a life sentence if convicted.
Weinstein has also denied allegations by roughly 70 women of sexual misconduct dating back decades, saying any contact was consensual.
In refusing to dismiss the predatory sexual assault charges, Burke rejected Weinstein’s claim…
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