The criminal case against Harvey Weinstein in New York may be coming to a head, because we are told subpoenas have been sent out for some of his closest advisors to appear before a grand jury.
According to sources familiar with the case, subpoenas were sent by the Manhattan District Attorney in New York and specifically said the person receiving the document would be a “witness to attend the grand jury.” However, we’re told some instances documents could be sent in lieu of appearing and testifying in person.
Our sources say the subpoena requested a wide array of items, which could include phone records, e-mails and financial records related to any services requested or provided to Weinstein, The Weinstein Company and other business owned by the disgraced movie producer. We’re told the subpoena even asked for dated records, as far back as 2004.
We’re told The D.A. specifically asked that the records be provided in conjunction with an April 24 date, but its unclear if that date was an actual hearing of the grand jury, or just the deadline for delivering all the requested information.
As we reported, the NYPD has been investigating claims against Weinstein, including allegations of rape made by actress Paz de la Huerta.
A rep for Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer tells The Blast, “The fact that a grand jury has been empaneled does not mean that criminal charges are forthcoming. In order to even subpoena records, the D.A. is required to empanel a grand jury to even authorize the issuance of any subpoenas. Under the rules that are applicable in this case, the District Attorney must notify Mr. Weinstein’s attorneys before an indictment could be voted and give Mr. Weinstein an opportunity to present evidence and or legal arguments to dissuade the D.A. from filing criminal charges. We are confident that we will prevail in convincing the D.A. that Mr. Weinstein has not committed any crime whatsoever.” The rep added the reviews have been going on for months.
We reached out to the Manhattan D.A., and were told as policy they do not comment on any specifics related to a grand jury.