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News groups fight to keep Harvey Weinstein's hearing open

3 years 11 months 1 week ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 April 22, 2019 7:50 AM April 22, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Both sides in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case want the media and the public barred from the disgraced movie mogul's next court appearance.

News organizations including The Associated Press are fighting to keep the hearing open plan to file a petition Monday with the court. Prosecutors say a Friday hearing should be closed to protect Weinstein's right to a fair trial and for the privacy of women whose, allegations against him are not part of the underlying criminal case.

Prosecutors want the women to testify at Weinstein's June 3 trial to show he has had a pattern of violating women. They also expect to discuss evidence that could be used against Weinstein if he testifies. Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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