On Monday, disgraced Hollywood exec Harvey Weinstein headed to court where he entered a not guilty plea to two new indictments, and his trial has now been delayed until January.
According to Deadline, prosecutors had argued the additional indictment was necessary in order to allow actress Annabella Sciorra to testify at the trial.
Sciorra alleges that Weinstein assaulted her in 1993. While the statute of limitations has lapsed in the state of New York, her testimony may still be allowed to establish “prior bad acts.” This was also done in the case against Bill Cosby.
After the hearing, Weinstein’s lead defense lawyer, Donna Rotunno, spoke to the press on the front steps of the court - according to the NY Times.
“I think it shows the strength of our case, frankly, that the D.A. went to the grand jury in the 11th hour,” Ms. Rotunno said. “The case itself is weak and they feel like they need this portion to help.”