More than 80 women, including a number of prominent actresses, have come forward to accuse Mr. Weinstein of sexual misconduct, from unwanted touching and harassment to outright sexual assault. Most of those complaints, however, have not led to criminal charges, and many of his accusers are looking to the trial in New York to see if the criminal justice system can provide what they see as justice.
Rose McGowan, an actress who has accused Mr. Weinstein of sexual assault, said at a news conference in Foley Square that the trial in Manhattan marked “a moment of justice” for his accusers, even those who “won’t have even one day in court.” Addressing the disgraced producer she said, “You brought this on yourself by hurting so many.”
Another actress, Sarah Ann Masse, said, “As a group we have been threatened, bullied, intimidated and retaliated against.” then added, “we will not be silenced anymore.”
Inside the courthouse, the gallery of Part 99 of the State Supreme Court was packed with reporters and spectators, as Mr. Weinstein, 67, once one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, made his way slowly to the defense table.
Over the next hour, Justice James M. Burke dealt a blow to Mr. Weinstein’s defense, ruling that it could not call as a witness the detective who was accused of withholding from prosecutors evidence that was favorable to the defense.
Mr. Weinstein’s lawyers had hoped to call the detective, Nicholas DiGaudio, as part of an effort to cast doubt on the New York Police Department’s investigation of Mr. Weinstein.
Detective DiGaudio’s handling of the evidence became an issue in October 2018, when one of the charges in the indictment related to a former actress was thrown out by Justice Burke. The actress, Lucia Evans, had accused Mr. Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him during a business meeting.