Harvey Weinstein won't testify before grand jury in rape case

Harvey Weinstein accuser Annabella Sciorra got 'no relief' from his arrest

Harvey Weinstein accuser Annabella Sciorra got 'no relief' from his arrest

Brafman said Weinstein and the woman continued their relationship beyond the date of the alleged rape, and he spoke of Weinstein's state of mind as "serious" given he is accused of a crime he insists he did not commit.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon did not comment after the session with the judge, which was requested by Brafman.

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on charges of rape in the first and third degrees, and criminal sexual act in the first degree, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement on Wednesday.

He has denied having had nonconsensual sex.

The indictment came hours after Weinstein's lawyers said he'd decided not to testify before the grand jury.

"The identities of the accusers and the specific charges were provided to Mr. Weinstein last Friday on the eve of the Memorial Day Weekend and a deadline for his appearance set for Wednesday, 2pm", noted Brafman. He said Weinstein expects to be exonerated if the case goes to trial. The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly.

Weinstein did not participate in the meeting in the judge's chambers.

He also expressed concern about the indictment against Weinstein. claiming prosecutors had bowed to huge public pressure. "It's a bad state of mind in that regard", Brafman said, "But he's confident, he's positive, and he's going to work very hard to clear his name".

Weinstein faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Vance has been criticized for failing to bring a case in 2015 after a model, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, complained that Weinstein groped her, and the NYPD pressed for charges.

The Democratic prosecutor came under public pressure from women's groups to prosecute Weinstein this time in the wake of more recent allegations of sexual misconduct against him by dozens of women.

Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein. Companies he co-founded, Miramax and the Weinstein Co., were behind such hits as "Pulp Fiction", "Shakespeare in Love" and "The King's Speech".

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