Harvey Weinstein will be questioned in accusers’ civil lawsuit, choose guidelines By Reuters

Harvey Weinstein will be questioned in accusers’ civil lawsuit, choose guidelines By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Harvey Weinstein departs New York Legal Court docket in New York


By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal choose in Manhattan on Tuesday rejected Harvey Weinstein’s request to delay a deposition in a civil lawsuit by ladies who accused the imprisoned film producer of sexual abuse and office harassment.

Weinstein, 68, had argued that his poor well being made giving a deposition “virtually not possible,” and put him at “extreme danger” of self-incrimination due to pending felony fees in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Choose Alvin Hellerstein, nevertheless, mentioned Weinstein didn’t present medical help for his well being claims, and that it was unclear when Weinstein’s constitutional proper in opposition to self-incrimination would possibly not be a priority.

“In steadiness, plaintiffs have suffered accidents from defendant’s conduct, which occurred a few years in the past, and they’re entitled to vindicate their rights effectively,” Hellerstein wrote. “I discover {that a} keep is pointless. Whether or not Weinstein invokes the Fifth Modification or not is his selection.”

Imran Ansari, a lawyer for Weinstein, mentioned in an electronic mail that Weinstein’s poor well being “frustrates” his skill to defend himself, and invoking the Fifth Modification due to the felony case might harm Weinstein’s protection within the civil case.

Legal professionals for Weinstein’s accuser didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

The category-action case additionally accused Weinstein, his brother Bob Weinstein and their bankrupt Weinstein Co of sustaining a hostile work setting.

In looking for a delay, Weinstein’s attorneys mentioned on Nov. 19 that their shopper suffered from diabetes mellitus, coronary artery illness, sleep apnea, anemia, hypertension and different illnesses, although he had not contracted COVID-19.

Weinstein is interesting his February 2020 conviction and 23-year jail time period for sexual assault and rape.

He faces 11 felony fees in Los Angeles, together with for rape and sexual battery, pending an extradition that’s now on maintain. Weinstein has denied having nonconsensual intercourse with anybody.

The case is Geiss et al v Weinstein Co Holdings LLC et al, U.S. District Court docket, Southern District of New York, No. 17-09554.

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