Judge drops four of 11 counts against Harvey Weinstein at trial
The judge at the Los Angeles trial of Harvey Weinstein has dropped four of the 11 sexual assault charges against the movie mogul after prosecutors said they would not proceed with the counts involving one of his accusers.
Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench dismissed two counts of forcible rape and two other counts of sexual assault against the 70-year-old.
The move had appeared likely since the trial’s opening statements three weeks ago, when prosecutors during opening statements only mentioned four women Weinstein was charged with assaulting, leaving out the accuser identified in an indictment as Jane Doe #5.
The prosecutors at first kept the charges in place and left open the possibility that the woman would testify, while Weinstein’s defence had sought a definitive decision on the issue.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has not provided an explanation for why they opted to leave the woman out of the trial.
The remaining charges against Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year sentence for a conviction in New York, are two counts of rape and five other sexual assault counts.
He has pleaded not guilty and has said he did not engage in non-consensual sex.