Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles trial judge drops four of 11 sexual assault charges against film mogul after prosecutors say they won’t pursue charges against one of his accusers rice field.
High Court Judge Lisa Wrench dismissed two counts of forced rape and two other counts of sexual assault against a 70-year-old woman.
The move seemed likely since the trial’s opening statement three weeks ago, in which prosecutors said Weinstein only mentioned four women charged with assault and the indictment. ruled out the accuser identified as Jane Doe #5.
Weinstein’s defense had sought a final decision on the matter, but prosecutors initially maintained the charges, leaving the woman open to testify.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has not provided an explanation as to why it chose to exclude the woman from the trial.
The remaining charges against Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted in New York, are two counts of rape and five counts of other sexual assault.
He pleaded not guilty and said he had never had non-consensual sex.