Harvey Weinstein challenges NY law protecting sex abuse victims

New York Post

August 17, 2020

By Priscilla DeGregory

Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is claiming New York’s Child Victims Act is unconstitutional — in a bid to get a court to toss accusations that the fallen movie mogul sexually abused a woman nearly 20 years ago when she was just 16, court papers show.

Weinstein’s right to due process was violated when Kaja Sokola — a former model and aspiring actress from Poland — filed suit against him in December under the CVA, despite the fact that her claims of abuse are from 2002 and would normally be time-barred, the film producer’s lawyers said in court papers from last week.

The 68-year-old convicted rapist vehemently denies Sokola’s claims that he sexually abused her in his Big Apple apartment and also denies that he met her when she was 16, the court documents say.

“An indisputable timeline of events, corroborated by other evidence, will refute her claims of abuse,” Weinstein’s lawyer Imran Ansari wrote in Manhattan Supreme Court papers seeking to dismiss Sokola’s case.

But Weinstein — who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for the rape and sex abuse of two women — says the suit should be tossed out anyway since “The CVA is unconstitutional,” Ansari said in the court documents.

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