Judge in Harvey Weinstein case will allow three 'prior bad acts' witnesses to testifyRead Now
"The judge in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case will allow three additional accusers to testify as "prior bad acts" witnesses against him, according to court documents filed Monday by prosecutors.The sexual assault charges against Weinstein relate to two women -- one on July 10, 2006, and another on March 18, 2013. But the three additional witnesses would testify about other uncharged acts as prosecutors try to show Weinstein had a similar pattern of behavior.
In general, "prior bad acts" witnesses strengthen the prosecution's case, particularly in a he said-she said sexual assault trial with limited physical evidence. In Bill Cosby's trial, for example, five "prior bad acts" witnesses testified that the comedian had previously drugged and assaulted them, and the jury found him guilty."
"The court documents were filed on the same day that Weinstein pleaded not guilty to two new predatory sexual assault charges in a Manhattan criminal court."
"Weinstein's trial is now expected to begin January 6. During a scheduling conversation the judge asked him, "do you want to go to trial?""Not really, not with this weak case," he replied."
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