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Harvey Weinstein back in Rikers Island jail, will appear in court after overturned rape conviction

Harvey Weinstein is back at Rikers Island jail and will appear before a judge next week after New York’s highest court overturned his 2020 rape conviction.

The 72-year-old former Hollywood powerhouse was transferred from Mohawk Correctional Center, about 42 miles outside Syracuse, New York, to a medical facility at Rikers, New York.

Weinstein was serving a 23-year sentence in Mohawk after being convicted of forcibly performing oral sex on a television and film production assistant in 2006 and third-degree rape for an attack on an aspiring actress in 2013 .

He will appear Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. in Manhattan Criminal Court before Judge Curtis Farber.

In a shocking 4-3 decision Thursday, the New York Court of Appeals overturned Weinstein’s conviction after finding that the judge in the landmark #MeToo trial had harmed the former movie mogul with inappropriate decisions, including a decision to let women testify about allegations that were unfounded. that’s not part of the deal.

The court said he “improperly admitted testimony of alleged, uncharged, prior sexual acts” and that “the testimony had no material non-propensity purpose.”

Although the conviction was overturned, Weinstein remained in prison after being convicted of rape in 2022 in Los Angeles. He was acquitted of sexual violence in this case. Weinstein also filed a notice to appeal this verdict.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said Thursday it would do “everything in its power to retry this case and remain steadfast in our commitment to survivors of sexual assault.”

In an updated statement Friday, the prosecutor’s office said its mission was to “center the experiences and well-being of survivors in every decision we make, which we will do as we approach the next steps in this case “.

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