2:42 PM PT — Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced on Wednesday afternoon that Weinstein was indicted on charges of Rape in the First and Third Degrees, and Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree. Vance added, “This indictment brings the defendant another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged. Our office will try this case not in the press, but in the courtroom where it belongs. The defendant’s recent assault on the integrity of the survivors and the legal process is predictable. We are confident that when the jury hears the evidence, it will reject these attacks out of hand.”
Harvey Weinstein feels he’s not getting a fair shake from prosecutors in his criminal case out of New York, so now his attorneys have advised him not to play ball and testify before the grand jury.
Weinstein’s attorneys just released a statement to The Blast that “Mr. Weinstein intends to follow the advice of his attorneys and not testify before the Grand Jury.”
They explain, “After being unfairly denied access to critical information about this case that was needed to defend him before the Grand Jury, Mr. Weinstein’s attorneys decided that there was not sufficient time to properly prepare Mr. Weinstein.”
Weinstein’s legal team finds it “particularly troubling” that they have not been given access to all the materials needed, especially “where one of the unsupported allegations is more than 14 years old and the Rape allegation involves a woman with whom Mr. Weinstein shared a 10 year consensual sexual relationship that continued for years after the alleged incident in 2013.”
Weinstein’s team is also questioning the motivation behind wanting Weinstein to take the stand, explaining, “Regardless of how compelling Mr. Weinstein’s personal testimony might be, an indictment was inevitable due to the unfair political pressure being placed on Cy Vance to secure a conviction of Mr. Weinstein.”
The disgraced producer has been charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women in 2004 and 2013.