A judge’s ruling made public on Wednesday upheld the most serious charges against Harvey Weinstein, making it possible that he would serve a life sentence if convicted.
Weinstein is free on bail after pleading not guilty on charges that include predatory sexual assault, which requires prosecutors to show a pattern of behavior. Weinstein is accused of raping Annabella Sciorra in 1993 or 1994 and raping another woman in 2013, as well as other charges.
His lawyers had argued that the accusations by Sciorra predated the passage of the law he was being charged under, but the judge rejected that claim. They also claimed that Sciorra’s charges should be thrown out because she couldn’t give the exact date of the attack.
Weinstein has maintained that the sex was consensual in all instances, but dozens of women have come forward to claim that he coerced them or made unwanted advances toward them.
The judge also ruled that psychiatrist Dr. Barbara Ziv can testify as an expert witness in the trial. Ziv also testified at Bill Cosby’s trial.
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