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Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump share court

The former Hollywood producer and the former US president are tried in New York

Harvey Weinstein will appear before a judge today in the same New York City court where former US President Donald Trump is on trial.

Weinstein is awaiting a new trial on rape charges after his 2020 conviction was overturned. The court hearing will address several legal issues related to the upcoming trial tentatively scheduled for September.

Weinstein faced justice today in the same courtroom where Trump is being tried, AP reported. Despite this, the agency warned that it is unlikely that the two will bump into each other. Weinstein is in custody and will be taken to and from the courtroom in custody. He will appear in a courtroom on a different floor than where Trump is currently being tried.

Weinstein was convicted of rape for attacking Jessica Mann, an aspiring actress. He also for sexually assaulting Miriam Haley, a former television and film production assistant.

But last month, New York's highest court overturned those convictions. She did so after determining that the judge unfairly allowed testimony against her based on accusations from other women. Many of which, by the way, were not part of the case. Weinstein, 72, claims any sexual encounters were consensual.

A neverending story

The New York ruling reopened a painful chapter in America's reckoning with sexual abuse by powerful figures. The #MeToo era began in 2017 with an avalanche of accusations against Weinstein.

Last week, prosecutors asked Judge Curtis Farber to remind Weinstein's lawyers not to argue or disparage potential witnesses in public before the retrial.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office argued that Weinstein's lead attorney, Arthur Aidala, sought to intimidate Haley earlier this month.

Speaking outside court on May 1, Aidala said Haley lied to the jury about her motive for coming forward. She also said that her team was planning an aggressive cross-examination on the subject of “if she dares to come and show her face here.”

Aidala did not respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday about Bragg's request.

Haley has said she doesn't want to go through the trauma of testifying again. Despite this she would consider it “but for the sake of moving forward and doing the right thing and because it is what happened,” she would consider it,” she said.

His attorney, Gloria Allred, declined to comment until after he attends today's proceedings.

Weinstein, who was serving a 23-year sentence in New York, was also sentenced in Los Angeles in 2022. The decision was made for another violation of 16 years in prison in California.

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