Harvey Weinstein (file image)

Harvey Weinstein is expected to appear before a judge on Wednesday afternoon in the same New York City courthouse where former President Donald Trump is on trial.

Weinstein is awaiting retrial on rape charges since his conviction was overturned in 2020. Wednesday’s court hearing will address a variety of legal issues related to the upcoming trial, which is likely scheduled for sometime after Labor Day.

Weinstein’s original trial took place in the same courtroom where Trump’s trial is now taking place, but the two men are unlikely to cross paths. Weinstein is in custody and will be brought to and taken from the courtroom under guard. He will appear in a courtroom that is on a different floor from the one where Trump’s trial is taking place.

Weinstein was convicted of third-degree rape for attacking aspiring actress Jessica Mann and of sexually assaulting former TV and film production assistant Miriam Haley.

But last month New York’s highest court dismissed all those charges because the trial judge improperly admitted testimony against him based on allegations from other women who were not part of the case. Weinstein, 72, has said any sexual activity was consensual.

The New York verdict reopens a painful chapter in the US on sexual misconduct by powerful men, sparked by the #MeToo movement in 2017 when a flood of allegations against Weinstein emerged.

Last week, prosecutors urged Judge Curtis Farber to remind Weinstein’s lawyers not to publicly discuss or insult potential witnesses ahead of the retrial.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office argued that Weinstein’s lead attorney, Arthur Aidala, made the statement earlier this month to intimidate Haley.

Speaking outside court on May 1, Aidala said Haley had lied to the jury about why she came forward and that his team planned aggressive cross-examination on the issue if she dared to show her face.

Aidala did not respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday about Bragg’s request.

Haley has said she does not want to go through the trauma of testifying again, but “in order to move forward and do the right thing and because this is what happened, I would consider it.”

His attorney, Gloria Allred, declined to comment until after Wednesday’s proceedings.

The Associated Press generally does not reveal the identities of people alleging sexual assault unless they agree to be named, as both Haley and Mann have done.

Weinstein, who was serving a 23-year sentence in New York, was also convicted of another rape in Los Angeles in 2022 and is still sentenced to 16 years in prison in California.

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first published: May 29, 2024 | 1:18 pm First

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