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Harvey Weinstein's New York Trial Delayed, Defense Cites Health Concerns

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Harvey Weinstein's New York Trial Delayed, Defense Cites Health Concerns

Harvey Weinstein's lawyers are pushing for a quicker start to his new sexual assault trial in New York, claiming their client is suffering from various medical ailments while being held behind bars. The disgraced movie producer's next pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 19.

Weinstein's lawyer, Arthur Aidala, argued during a status hearing on Tuesday that prosecutors are deliberately delaying the trial until November. "Once again we have the individual and we're looking for a crime," Aidala said. "We've got the '1-800-Get-Harvey' hotline."

Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, Nicole Blumberg, countered that prosecutors are still investigating and speaking with survivors who were not comfortable testifying during the first trial but may be willing to testify now. Additionally, they are investigating claims of rape that fall within the statute of limitations in New York.

"The people are still investigating in a trauma-informed matter," Blumberg said. "That is an ongoing process."

Weinstein's lawyers claim their client is "suffering tremendously" from multiple medical ailments, including fluid in his heart and diabetes. They allege he is not receiving proper treatment for these conditions while being held at Riker's Island jail in New York City.

Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault in New York in 2020 after women came forward with accusations as part of the #MeToo movement. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison, but the conviction was overturned in April 2023 due to improper rulings during the first trial.

He was also convicted of rape in 2022 by a woman in California and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Weinstein has maintained his innocence throughout both proceedings.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09