Harvey Weinstein loses his bid to move trial out of New York

Film producer Harvey Weinstein during his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York. (File photo: Reuters)

Harvey Weinstein has lost a longshot bid to move his sexual assault trial out of New York City.

A state appellate panel rejected the request on Thursday. It dismissed the movie mogul’s concerns he wouldn’t get a fair trial in the world’s media capital.

The five-judge panel issued the decision after reading submissions from Weinstein’s lawyers and prosecutors. The panel didn’t give a reason for the decision.

Weinstein is due to stand trial in Manhattan in January on charges he raped a woman in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.

The 67-year-old producer has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail. He maintains any sexual activity was consensual.

Weinstein’s lawyers didn’t immediately comment on Thursday’s ruling. Prosecutors declined comment.

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