Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Judge threatens to lock up Harvey Weinstein for using his phone in court


A judge has angrily threatened to lock up Harvey Weinstein for using his phone in a New York City court where a jury is being picked for his rape trial.

"Is this really the way you want to end up in jail for the rest of your life, by texting and violating a court order?" asked Judge James Burke.

The Manhattan judge instructed the former Hollywood producer, who is out on bail, not to answer the question.

Mr Weinstein faces five charges and possibly life in jail if convicted.

The allegations include rape and predatory sexual assault relating to two unnamed accusers. He is charged with r3ping one woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013, and performing a forcible sex act on the second woman in 2006.

On Monday, Mr Weinstein was charged with an additional two counts in Los Angeles: rape and sexual assault.

The 67-year-old has denied all charges and insists any sexual encounters were consensual.

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