Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday ahead of his criminal trial, which will reportedly take place over five weeks, starting September 9th. He has pleaded not guilty to five criminal charges of rape and predatory sexual assault. If convicted, he faces life behind bars.
On Friday attempts by the movie mogul, who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct, including rape, to move his trial out of NYC due to pretrial publicity was mocked by prosecutors.
Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Harriett Galvin filed her office's response Friday.
"This motion, lacking in any solid factual or legal basis, should be viewed as a transparent attempt to delay the proceedings," Galvin wrote.
She argued that Weinstein failed to meet the burden of showing that an impartial jury would be impossible to find in the city.
In the motion, Weinstein's lead attorneys, Arthur Aidala and Donna Rotunno, previously filed, they said an internet search of the New York Post’s Page Six found more than 11,000 hits on his name.
Meanwhile, the Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe who exposed many of Weinstein’s alleged crimes in The New Yorker is planning a new book. Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, is reportedly set to publish Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy To Protect Predators.
“Catch and Kill is a true account of the extreme tactics powerful men use to cover up crimes and abuse – and of the sources who took huge personal risks to expose the truth,” the 31-year-old told People. “I’m grateful to have the chance to tell this story.”
A spokesperson for Weinstein has told the publication: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”