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Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case will move forward

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Harvey Weinstein arrives at court hearing Thursday. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A New York City judge ruled that a criminal prosecution on several charges of sexual assault against former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein will move forward, the Los Angeles Times reports.

What's new: Weinstein appeared in court Thursday to have his charges exonerated, but prosecutors said there's ample evidence to bring his case to trial. Defense attorney Ben Brafman said Weinstein is "obviously disappointed" the charges were not dismissed. The next hearing is scheduled for March 7.

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Few #MeToo moments lead to prosecution

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Of the dozens of high-profile Hollywood men who have been felled by sexual misconduct allegations in the #MeToo era, few — with Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby being the notable exceptions — have been charged with crimes, reports the AP's Andrew Dalton.

By the numbers: A task force led by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has pursued charges against 22 entertainment figures, including actor Kevin Spacey and former CBS CEO Les Moonves. Sixteen of the cases have been closed, largely due to the age of the allegations, while six remain open.