Harvey Weinstein 2020 rape conviction overturned over technicality

Court rules judge who oversaw landmark trial was mistaken in allowing women whose accusations were not part of case to testify

The Guardian reports: “He will remain imprisoned because he was convicted in Los Angeles in 2022 of another rape and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Weinstein was acquitted in Los Angeles on charges involving one of the women who testified in New York. . . .The court ordered a new trial. His accusers could again be forced to relive their traumas on the witness stand.”

The Hollywood producer, 72, has been serving a 23-year sentence following his conviction on charges of criminal sex act and rape in the third degree. (Cosmopolitan)

Note: the #MeToo movement is described here (Britannica.com) – its inception and progress toward supporting, advocating and providing legal help and case management help for women who are victims of sexual abuse.

New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, decided the judge at the landmark #MeToo trial prejudiced the ex-movie mogul with “egregious” improper rulings, including a decision to let women testify about allegations that weren’t part of the case.

“We conclude that the trial court erroneously admitted testimony of uncharged, alleged prior sexual acts against persons other than the complainants of the underlying crimes,” the court’s 4-3 decision said. “The remedy for these egregious errors is a new trial.” (AP)