Harvey Weinstein was supposed to fly to Europe to arrange for a stage presentation of ‘Cinema Paradiso,’ a film of 1988 that won the nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards. He was a part of the movie too. A judge has denied the request to travel before the rape trial. Harvey Weinstein, an American film producer (former), along with his brother Bob Weinstein, co-founded Miramax, the entertainment company. The company produced many successful films including The Crying Game (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Heavenly Creatures (1994), Flirting with Disaster (1996), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and a lot more. The Weinstein brothers, after leaving Miramax founded a mini-major film studio names ‘The Weinstein Company.’
The American film producer was charged with sexual abuse allegations in October 2017. Following this, he was banished from the company and abandoned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. More than 80 women, by the end of the month, charged Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse through the #MeToo campaign that stirred the movement over social media platforms. This was followed by allegations over several celebrated men which widely came to be known as the “Weinstein Effect.” Weinstein was arrested in New York on 25th of May, 2018 with the charge of rape and several other sexual offenses. He was released on bail.
The trial is going to take place on the 9th of September, 2019, in New York. If found guilty, the producer will be sentenced for life imprisonment. His attorney pleaded to the judge for allowing him to Italy and Spain for his works. A clear rejection of the request has been made on the part of the judge. The date of the journey was claimed from 12th of August, 2019 to 22nd of August, 2019. In a one-line decision, Justice James Burke said: “The request for a change in bail conditions is denied.” Prosecutor Joan IlluzziOrbon also opposed the request.