Updated May 29, 2024 - Politics & Policy

NY prosecutors say Weinstein could face more charges from new assault claims

 Former film producer Harvey Weinstein in a Manhattan Criminal Court on May 1.

Former film producer Harvey Weinstein in a Manhattan Criminal Court on May 1. Photo: Curtis Means-Pool/Getty Images

Harvey Weinstein may face a fresh indictment over new claims of sexual assault made against him, Manhattan prosecutors told a judge in a hearing on Wednesday, AP reports.

Why it matters: The indictment would come ahead of Weinstein's upcoming retrial for sex crimes in New York City, which was prompted after a New York appeals court overturned his 2020 felony sex crime convictions last month.

The latest: Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg told the court on Wednesday that prosecutors are evaluating whether the new assault claims against Weinstein fall under the statute of limitations, according to AP.

  • She added that people who had not been ready to testify during Weinstein's first trial may be willing to do so in the upcoming retrial and that prosecutors may have a more detailed update on the direction of the case at the end of June.
  • The presiding judge set the next court date for July 9.

Flashback: After Weinstein was found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree in New York, the former film producer was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

  • He was then found guilty rape and sexual misconduct in a trial in Los Angeles and received a prison sentence of 16 years.
  • He remains in custody, as his conviction and sentence in the Los Angeles case was not affected by the New York appeals court's ruling.

Between the lines: On Wednesday, Weinstein appeared in the same New York City courthouse where former President Trump is on trial.

  • Trump is currently being tried in the same courtroom in which Weinstein was originally found guilty.

Zoom out: Actress Jessica Mann, who accused Weinstein of rape in New York's original case, has said she will testify in the upcoming trial, which is tentatively scheduled to start after Labor Day.

  • In the original case, Weinstein was also accused of sexually assaulting Miriam Haley, a former TV and film production assistant.

The big picture: The allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Weinstein helped reignite the global #MeToo movement.

  • Weinstein pleaded not guilty in both cases and maintained that any sexual activity was consensual.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with details of the hearing.

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