Both Sides In Harvey Weinstein’s Sex Assault Case Want The Public, Media Banned From Court – CBS New York
Prosecutors argue the April 26 hearing should be closed to protect Weinstein’s right to a fair trial and for the privacy of women whose allegations against him aren’t part of the underlying criminal case.
Prosecutors want the women to testify at Weinstein’s June 3 trial to show he has had a pattern of violating women. They also expect to discuss evidence that could be used against Weinstein if he testifies.
The 66-year-old Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.
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Weinstein’s lawyers say news coverage of the hearing could taint the jury pool. The former Hollywood kingmaker has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
News organizations say they’ll fight to keep the hearing open. A judge says he’ll hear from them before deciding.
In January, the disgraced Hollywood mogul hired attorney Jose Baez to replace his defense team in the criminal case.
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