Jennifer Lawrence to face up to Harvey Weinstein in criminal hearing

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A NY judge has ruled a sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein can move forward.

If Harvey Weinstein were in charge of the script, he'd be walking out of a court hearing on Thursday free of the criminal charges threatening to put him behind bars.

Weinstein's lawyers say the case has devolved into chaos and was "irreparably tainted" by police Detective Nicholas DiGaudio's alleged interference with a witness and an accuser.

He is charged with raping an unidentified female acquaintance in his hotel room in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.

Weinstein, 66, who denies all allegations of non-consensual sex, left without commenting.

As NPR has previously reported, the prosecution says New York Police Department detective Nicholas DiGaudio erred in his communications with Weinstein's accusers a couple of times, including encouraging one accuser to delete personal data from her phone before she handed it over to police.

Manhattan prosecutors dropped one of the charges against him - allegations that he raped an aspiring actress who was still in college - after evidence surfaced that Det.

Weinstein didn't speak Thursday as he strode past journalists lined up outside the Manhattan courthouse.

Disgraced movie producer indicted on two counts of rape and one count of criminal sex act; Laura Ingle reports from New York City.

In October, prosecutors dismissed one charge against Weinstein after officials learned of inconsistencies in one accuser's story and learned that a detective had failed to bring those issues to prosecutors.

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After a brief discussion with the lawyers, the judge denied a motion to dismiss the case.

Today, Judge Burke will decide if he thinks that's true.

Such a ruling wouldn't rule out prosecutors bringing charges involving other women who say they were sexually assaulted by Weinstein in NY.

Images of Weinstein, the notoriously bombastic producer of Oscar winners "Shakespeare in Love" and "The English Patient", in handcuffs last spring were seen by many women as a cathartic moment in the #MeToo reckoning.

Brafman also said after the hearing, "This is not about the #MeToo movement".

DiGaudio is also accused of urging another accuser, who said Weinstein raped her in 2013, to delete information off her cellphones before turning them over to prosecutors.

The torrent of accusations that first surfaced against Weinstein in October a year ago upended his career, and sparked a major reckoning about harassment in the workplace and the global #MeToo movement.

He could side with Weinstein and dismiss some or all of the charges, or he could schedule a trial, which would be a win for prosecutors.

"We look forward to seeing justice served and seeing Harvey Weinstein prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law", the group said.

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