Attorney Dmitry Gorin Discusses the Possible Criminal Prosecution of Harvey Weinstein on National Public Radio

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With a lack of physical evidence, will rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein hold up in court?

Dmitry Gorin, a former sex crimes prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office and a criminal defense attorney discussed the potential of Harvey Weinstein on National Public Radio. Will he be criminally charged despite the lack of physical evidence?

After several months of high-profile sexual related allegations, the rape accusation of an Italian model against Harvey Weinstein could be the one that will proceed to trial. The Los Angeles Times reported that an Italian model-actress accused Harvey Weinstein of rape in her hotel room in Beverly Hills five years ago. Her case might have a chance because of who she told soon after the alleged sexual assault, but there is a lack of physical evidence and no solid proof that Weinstein was even at the hotel at the time of the alleged incident.

However, testimony is admissible in California courts from other women who have accused him of sexual related misconduct, even if the accusations don't lead to criminal charges. The numerous allegations might be able to prove a pattern of behavior, leading to a conviction. In total, there are over 80 reports of sexual related misconduct against Harvey Weinstein.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has to make a decision on whether to pursue criminal charges. Weinstein’s attorneys have denied he engaged in non-consensual sex acts. You can listen to the interview here by clicking on the file in the upper left of the page.

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