Harvey Weinstein is due in court in New York as a judge decides on the future of his sexual assault case, which has been clouded by allegations that police acted improperly in the investigation that led to his arrest. Judge James Burke is expected to rule Thursday after a flurry of court papers in which Weinstein’s lawyers say the case has devolved into chaos and prosecutors say there’s ample evidence to move forward to trial. Weinstein, 66, is putting on his fiercest campaign yet to get the case thrown out, seizing on the alleged police misconduct and putting forth a witness who says his rape accuser pressured her to corroborate her story. Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, says the case was “irreparably tainted” by police Det. Nicholas DiGaudio’s alleged interference with a witness and an accuser. “The only reasonably prudent decision would be to stop this chaos now,” Brafman said in a court filing. Assistant District Attorney Kevin Wilson fired back, saying “there is no possibility” that the allegations against DiGaudio “in any way impaired the integrity of the grand jury or prejudiced the defendant.” Weinstein is charged with raping a woman he knew in a hotel room in March 2013… Read full this story
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