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




Harvey Weinstein speaks during a panel discussion after a screening of the documentary
Harvey Weinstein speaks during a panel discussion after a screening of the documentary "Bully" at MPAA on March 15, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
Kris Connor/Getty Images for The Weinstein Co.

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After months of high-profile accusations, the rape allegation of an Italian model against Harvey Weinstein might be the case that will bring him to trial.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Italian model-actress accuses Weinstein of rape in her Beverly Hills hotel room five years ago. The case may work in her favor due to who she told soon after the alleged assault, but there is little physical evidence of the incident and no proof as of yet that Weinstein was at the hotel.

But in California, testimony is admissible in court from other women accusing Weinstein of sexual misconduct, even if the allegations don’t end in criminal charges. This could prove a pattern of behavior, that may lead to a conviction. There are reportedly 85 allegations of sexual misconduct against the Hollywood mogul. The L.A. County District Attorney’s office will decide whether to file the case.

Weinstein’s attorneys have said he never engaged in non-consensual sex acts.

Larry speaks to legal experts today to find out more about whether there’s a strong case against Weinstein.

Guests:

Dmitry Gorin, a former sex crimes prosecutor in the Los Angeles DA’s office and a criminal defense attorney

Ambrosio Rodriguez, former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney; he led the sex crimes team in the Riverside D.A.’s office