Harvey Weinstein has decided not to testify in front of a grand jury convened by the Manhattan District Attorney.
The announcement marks the disgraced former mogul’s first major legal move since his arrest on multiple charges last week. Weinstein has been charged with two counts of rape – one involving force – as well as criminal sexual act in the first degree.
Weinstein’s lead criminal lawyer Benjamin Brafman said in a statement that they were “being unfairly denied access to critical information about this case that was needed to defend him before the Grand Jury.” As a result, the attorneys decided that there was not sufficient time to properly prepare Mr. Weinstein.
The grand jury is pondering an indictment on essentially the same charges along with other financial matters too.