Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein today lost his attempt to have 11 sexual assault charges he faces in Los Angeles dismissed by a judge.
Judge Lisa Lench has dismissed a single motion from a major Hollywoodian to dismiss the charges – including rape, sexual assault, forced oral copulation and coerced sexual penetration – involving five anonymous women between 2004 and 2013.
In downtown LA criminal court today, Weinstein’s attorney Mark Werksman argued that the grand jury that indicted his client was “manipulated” by prosecutors who presented “weak evidence , lame, false and misleading “supported by” a pseudo – scientific testimonies of expert witnesses.
Disgraced film producer and convicted sex criminal Harvey Weinstein today lost his attempt to have 11 sexual assault charges he faces in Los Angeles dismissed by a judge. He is currently serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault against two women
Weinstein, 69, and his attorney Mark Werksman in Los Angeles court in July. At a hearing Tuesday, Weksman argued his client had been “manipulated” by prosecutors who presented “weak, lame, false and misleading” evidence supported by “pseudo-scientific” testimony.
But Judge Lench disagreed, telling court she felt prosecutors “hadn’t manipulated the grand jury” and said she “didn’t find any irregularities” in the evidence. that prosecutors presented to the grand jury.
After adding, “I find there is sufficient evidence to support the charges,” the judge asked Weinstein, “You have the right to have a trial within 120 days. Does this suit you? He replied, “Yes. “
Judge Lisa Lench Dismissed Major Hollywood Actor’s Single Motion to Dismiss Rape, Sexual Assault, Forced Oral Lovemaking and Forced Sexual Penetration with Five Anonymous Women
Weinstein, 69 – wearing brown prison overalls and a blue mask and sitting handcuffed in a wheelchair in court today – showed no emotion when the judge rejected his attempt to have the charges dropped.
He has already pleaded not guilty to all 11 counts when he appeared in court in July after being extradited to LA from New York City, where he is serving 23 years in prison for two out of every two rape and sexual assault. women.
If convicted of the charges against LA, the man who helped spark the #MeToo movement is considering a total maximum sentence of 140 years in prison.
Most of the alleged crimes occurred at hotels in the Los Angeles area where New York-based Weinstein was staying during visits to Hollywood. Weinstein insists that all sexual activity was consensual.
Her attorney claimed there were inconsistencies in the grand jury testimony of the victims – Jane Does 1-5 – and that they all continued to communicate with Weinstein after the alleged sexual assaults.
Jane Doe 1 described a sexual act that was “physically impossible,” Werksman said.
Jane Doe 2 returned to see Weinstein the day after she claimed he sexually assaulted her, he added.
If convicted of LA charges, convicted rapist Weinstein faces 140 more years in prison
Jane Doe 3 is a masseuse “who agreed to let him (Weinstein) masturbate in front of her” in return for helping with her career ambitions in Hollywood, Werksman told the court.
Jane Doe 4 “faked an orgasm,” Werksman said, so how could Weinstein know “that she was not consenting to a sexual act.”
“She testified that she agreed to sex because she felt she owed it due to the possible effect on her career if she didn’t. “
Jane Doe 5, he added: “Agreed to undress and take a shower with a man who she said had previously raped her and let her apply shower gel to her naked body. “
Werksman criticized a 1,000-page medical report that prosecutors presented to the grand jury, calling it “incomprehensible gibberish.”
Fallen film mogul Weinstein watches during a preliminary hearing on July 29 as attorney Werksman (center) and Alan Jackson (right) speak with Judge Lench (not pictured) At Tuesday’s hearing, Werksman said there were inconsistencies in the victims’ grand jury testimony
Weinstein pleaded not guilty at the preliminary hearing in July to four counts of rape and seven more counts of sexual assault in the state of California. He was previously convicted of first-degree sexual assault and third-degree rape in New York City last year
And he attacked the two medical experts the prosecution called as witnesses, claiming the grand jury had been “pummeled” by their “absurd” testimony.
Prosecutor Paul Thompson denied Werksman’s claims, saying “We didn’t say anything bad to the grand jury” and accusing his opposing lawyer of “distorting” the evidence presented to the grand jury.
“The grand jury was educated on the law… on what constituted consent. And the grand jury indicted.
Jane Doe 3 “told him to stop,” said Thompson. “Jane Doe 4 was shaking, shaking and crying… when he assaulted her.
‘Jane Doe 5 believed he had the power to destroy her career. So she took the shower with him. This is not voluntary. That’s why the grand jury indicted.
In a previous hearing, Werksman obtained a request for a medical assessment from the former movie mogul who was said to be suffering from spinal stenosis and was said to be blind in one eye.
Weinstein – who is being held at the Twin Towers Prison in downtown Los Angeles – used his health problems as the reason to delay his extradition to LA for many months.
And outside of that July 21 hearing, women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred – who represents one of Weinstein’s victims in New York City and two of his alleged victims in Los Angeles – scorned delaying tactics in an interview. with DailyMail.com.
“I’m happy that day has arrived and I’m looking for a fair trial here in Los Angeles,” she said.
Weinstein pictured here disembarking from a private plane at Hollywood Burbank Airport on July 20 after being extradited to Los Angeles from New York City to stand trial
Weinstein is seen in June at Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York – before his extradition to California
‘Sir. Weinstein and his defense have long delayed his extradition to Los Angeles, ”she said. “But he eventually ran out of excuses.
“It is absurd that he claimed he had to stay in New York because he needed medical treatment. We have excellent medical care here in LA.
“I think it’s important for him to be on trial here in LA because some of his victims here haven’t had their time in court.
“Justice may have been delayed in Los Angeles, but it will not be denied. “