Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty for third time as trial gets delayed
Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape and sex assault charges Monday for the third time since his arrest last year as a Manhattan judge delayed his trial until next year.
Prosecutors went back to the grand jury, filing a new indictment just two weeks before the expected Sept. 9 trial date in Manhattan Supreme Court.
It forced Justice James Burke to postpone the high-profile proceeding until Jan. 9 to give Weinstein’s legal team time to file motions.
In a moment of levity, Burke prodded Weinstein about whether that date was acceptable as his lawyers tried to push it back to an even later date..
“Mr. Weinstein, do you want to go to trial?” Burke said.
“Not really,” Weinstein mused from his seat at the defense table. “Not with this new case.”
The Manhattan District Attorney sought a grand jury do-over after Justice James Burke barred them from calling “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra as a witness to support charges of predatory sex assault.
Burke reasoned that because she was not a witness in front of the secret panel when the charges were voted she could not be properly called to testify.