Prosecutors search to up Harvey Weinstein’s bail, citing violations

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NEW YORK (Information) – Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has at instances did not put on a required digital monitoring system, New York prosecutors mentioned Friday, asking a choose to extend his bail to $5 million, from $1 million, as he awaits trial on sexual assault costs.

Assistant District Lawyer Joan Illuzzi made the request at a listening to earlier than Choose James Burke in Manhattan state courtroom. She mentioned Weinstein had did not put on an digital transmitter that works in tandem together with his ankle bracelet on “quite a few” events.

“It’s the folks’s place that none of these ‘bracelet gone’ violations have been unintentional,” she mentioned.

Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, mentioned the violations have been a “technical” downside and that her shopper had by no means tried to flee, arguing that there was no want to extend his bail. She famous that he had at all times appeared on time for each courtroom date.

Burke didn’t decide, however scheduled one other listening to on the problem for subsequent Wednesday.

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not responsible to costs that he sexually assaulted two ladies, one in 2006 and one other in 2013. His trial is scheduled to start on Jan. 6, 2020.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct relationship again many years by greater than 70 ladies. He has denied the allegations, saying any sexual encounters have been consensual.

The accusations in opposition to Weinstein helped spark the #MeToo motion in late 2017, wherein tons of of ladies have claimed sexual misconduct by highly effective males in leisure, enterprise, media, politics and different fields.

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein exits following a listening to in his sexual assault case at New York State Supreme Courtroom in New York, U.S., December 6, 2019. Information/Lucas Jackson

Along with the 2 foremost accusers within the case, prosecutors have mentioned they intend to name different ladies to testify at trial to be able to set up a sample of habits.

Weinstein has sought to dam a few of that testimony. Burke has not dominated on the problem.

Weinstein may face a life sentence if discovered responsible. Justice James Burke, who’s presiding over the case, final week denied Weinstein’s bid to dismiss among the costs.

Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; Modifying by Noeleen Walder and Richard Chang