Weinstein loses bid to dismiss sex charges

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Aug. 26, 2019, photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives in court in New York.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

A New York judge has rejected Harvey Weinstein's bid to throw out the most serious charges in his sexual assault case.

The former high-powered Hollywood producer is accused of raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His lawyers recently objected to two of the counts - predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum life sentence.

Other rulings made public on Wednesday also went against the movie mogul.

Judge James Burke rejected Weinstein's claim that emails obtained from his movie studio were private.

The judge also denied Weinstein access to the personnel file of a police detective whose alleged witness coaching led prosecutors to drop a charge last year.

Weinstein's spokesman said his lawyers did not have an immediate comment.

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