Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul who has been accused of rape and sexual assault by several women, pleaded not guilty to two new charges of predatory sexual assault that were added to his indictment on Monday morning in New York City.
He now faces seven counts, including first-degree and third-degree rape. Though Weinstein was originally scheduled to next appear in court on Sept. 9, the criminal trial has been pushed to Jan. 6, 2020.
The new indictment also allows Annabella Sciorra, an actress who has said she was raped by Weinstein 26 years ago, to testify at the disgraced movie mogul’s criminal case in January. Weinstein cannot be charged due to the statute of limitations for raping Sciorra at her apartment in 1993, as she had said in a 2017 interview with the New Yorker, but the actress’ testimony could strengthen the D.A.’s case against Weinstein in January.
“I admire Annabella’s courage,” Gloria Allred, Sciorra’s attorney, said after the indictment. “She looks forward to a just result.”
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James Burke has given Weinstein’s defense until Oct. 10 to file any motions regarding the new indictment; in a press conference following the indictment, Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, described the case as “weak” and said that her team plans to file “many motions” to dismiss the charges.
Prosecutors must respond by Oct. 24, and the court will issue a decision on the motions by Nov. 7.