Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein lost his bid this morning to get the sexual assault charges against him thrown out. Tom Hanson reported at the court in lower Manhattan.
Former Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein arrived at the courthouse in New York Thursday morning where a judge told him the case against him will proceed.
“We are obviously disappointed that the court did not dismiss the indictment,” said Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein’s attorney.
Among those in line to get into the courthouse was Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei.
Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of improper sexual behavior sparking the #metoo movement.
He is being prosecuted in two cases. He is being charged with raping a woman he knew in a hotel room in march 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another woman in 2006. His lawyer took aim at the #metoo movement after the hearing.
“A movement should not however be permitted to push an indictment that is deeply flawed,” said Brafman.
Attorney Gloria Allred who represents one of Weinstein’s two accusers, swiftly hit back.
“This indictment was based on evidence and testimony before the grand jury,” said Allred. “It was not based on the #metoo movement
Weinstein’s lawyers had tried to get the case tossed arguing that a police detective had acted improperly in the investigation but the judge didn’t buy it.
Afterward, Weinstein’s attorney called the judge’s decision a technical ruling on the law and expressed confidence the former mogul will be completely exonerated.
Weinstein’s next court date is scheduled for March.