Weinstein expected back in court this week for bail hearing

Sexual Misconduct-Harvey Weinstein
FILE – In this July 9, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York. A New York judge has rejected Harvey Weinstein’s bid to throw out the most serious charges in his sexual assault case, dealing a big blow to the disgraced movie mogul as he sought to limit the scope of his looming trial and any potential punishment. The ruling made public Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, clears the way for prosecutors to bolster their case with testimony from actress Anabella Sciorra who says Weinstein raped her in 1993 or 1994. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Imminent changes to New York’s criminal justice system are forcing Harvey Weinstein back into court a month before his sexual assault trial is set to start.

Weinstein is due to appear Friday at a bail hearing necessitated by changes that go into effect Jan. 1.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. His trial is scheduled to start Jan. 6.

He is free on $1 million bail and maintains that any sexual activity was consensual.

The new changes include eliminating bail for nonviolent felonies and accelerating the timetable for prosecutors to give evidence to the defense.

The charges against Weinstein would continue to qualify for pretrial detention or bail under the reforms.