A Los Angeles decide on Wednesday accepted six extra witnesses to testify towards Harvey Weinstein in his ongoing s.e.xual assault and rape case — however denied the prosecution’s request to put actress Daryl Hannah on the stand.
The disgraced Hollywood producer — who appeared in court docket in a wheelchair with a heavy metallic chain round his waist connected to handcuffs — sat silently for many of the hour and a half listening to earlier than Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa B. Lench.
Prosecutors filed a movement underneath seal asking the decide to take into account including 16 extra witnesses who declare Weinstein raped or sexually assaulted them, courting way back to 1978, together with the “Splash” actress.
After listening to the arguments from Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson and protection legal professional Mark Werksman, the decide agreed to enable six out of the 16 further witnesses to testify at Weinstein’s trial.
The fallen movie mogul shouldn’t be dealing with expenses associated to the brand new witnesses, however they’ll testify to alleged prior dangerous acts.
Lench stated she would let the jury hear from the six whose allegations occurred within the early 2000s to as late as 2016. She didn’t, nevertheless, enable witnesses corresponding to Hannah, and others whose claims have been “too remote” in time.
Werksman argued that permitting even one further witness would unfairly prejudice the jury towards his high-profile shopper.
The legal professional additionally stated his shopper’s “modus operandi” alleged by the brand new witnesses didn’t match the costs Weinstein is already dealing with. When they (the jury) hears all of these items that occurred actually over a 45-year interval. … There will probably be such confusion that this court docket will lose management,” Werksman instructed the decide.
Weinstein, 70, has pleaded not responsible to a number of sex-crimes expenses involving five unnamed ladies. Prosecutors allege he raped three ladies and assaulted two others between 2004 to 2013 in inns round Beverly Hills.
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