×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to New Indictment, Trial Moved to January

Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul whose fall from power galvanized the #MeToo movement in Hollywood, pleaded not guilty to a new indictment on Monday.

The film producer previously entered not guilty pleas to five charges of rape, sexual assault, and “predatory sexual assault,” stemming from allegations from two women. Prosecutors are seeking to bolster their case against Weinstein and want jurors to hear from Annabella Sciorra, the “Sopranos” actress who alleges that Weinstein raped her in 1993.

The trial, which was scheduled to start in September, has been pushed back to Jan. 6, 2020. The extra time will allow the defense to file its opposition to the new indictment. A ruling on that issue is due on Nov. 7.

Weinstein entered a Manhattan court house looking visibly thinner and walking with a pronounced limp. The producer was reprimanded by New York Supreme Court Justice James Burke at one point in the 10-minute hearing for using his cellphone.

“Please refrain from doing that,” Burke said. “It’s a court order.”

When Burke asked directly if he wanted to go to trial, Weinstein said, “not really.” His response drew scattered laughter.

Weinstein’s lawyers have been pushing to get the trial moved out of New York City, calling it a “circus-like atmosphere.” They have also slammed the prosecution for adding Sciorra’s allegations to the other claims, an “11th-hour maneuver.” In a press conference following the hearing, Weinstein’s attorney Donna Rotunno called the prosecution “desperate.”

“We just received a copy of the indictment and we plan on filing many motions to dismiss these counts,” said Rotunno.

The statute of limitations has run out on Sciorra’s claims, but she may be allowed to testify in the trial.

The D.A.’s office disclosed on Monday that it has also been granted permission to call three “Molineux” witnesses at the trial. Such witnesses can be used to establish “prior bad acts” even if their claims occurred outside the statute of limitations or in another jurisdiction. According to a D.A. filing, one of the witnesses will testify to an incident that occurred at a hotel in Manhattan in the spring of 2004; another will testify about an event at Weinstein’s home in the summer of 2005; and the third will testify about an incident at a Beverly Hills hotel in February 2013. The accusers were not identified in the filing.

The defense has already opposed the introduction of those witnesses, and Burke has denied their objections.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Maleficent Mistress of Evil

    Korea Box Office: 'Maleficent 2' Debuts on Top, Deposes 'Joker'

    Given a Thursday opening, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The Walt Disney release earned $4.56 million from 612,000 admissions over four days. The fantasy adventure film accounted for 37% of total weekend box office in the country. “Joker” slipped to second after remaining on top for two [...]

  • Inside an Inox Leisure multiplex in

    India's Inox Multiplex Chain Reveals Ambitious Growth Plans

    Indian multiplex chain Inox Leisure has revealed ambitious plans to more than double its existing screen capacity of 600. The company is planning to add 900 more screens across the country over the next decade. “That’s the realistic answer, but my desire is to do it over the next five years,” Siddharth Jain, director, Inox [...]

  • Joker

    Why 'Joker' Is About All of Us (Column)

    Take a look at the photo above. It’s the most poetic image to have emerged from Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” and the reason I say “poetic” isn’t just because the shot has that caught-in-action indelible vibe of a quintessential movie poster: graphic, hauntingly composed, a bit shocking (at least, the first time you see it). It’s [...]

  • Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s

    'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Rules International Box Office With $117 Million

    Though Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” stumbled at the domestic box office, the Angelina Jolie-led sequel enjoyed a far stronger start overseas. The follow-up to 2014’s fantasy adventure inspired by the “Sleeping Beauty” villain took off with $117 million from 56 international markets. In North America, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” debuted with a meager $36 [...]

  • Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s

    Box Office: 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Dominates With Soft $36 Million

    Five years after Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent” cast a spell over the box office, the villainous enchantress has returned to the top of domestic charts. Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to 2014’s fantasy adventure based on the “Sleeping Beauty” sorceress, flew lower than the original and debuted to a disappointing $36 million from 2,790 [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content