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The ruling came about two months after Weinstein won dismissal of a charge involving a third woman after prosecutors revealed that a New York City police detective had withheld information during the investigation, and said they could no longer pursue the charge.

Weinstein, a twice-married father of five, could face life in prison if convicted.

Weinstein stands accused of raping an unidentified woman in his hotel room in 2013 and forcing another into a sex act in 2006.

A hearing for the case is now scheduled for early March.

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Wearing a dark suit, he walked slowly from a black SUV in NY up some stairs and into the courtroom through the main entrance. "We are confident that Mr. Weinstein will be completely exonerated".

Weinstein has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, including rape.

It's been over a year since two back-to-back exposés in the New York Times and New Yorker took down Weinstein, and dozens of women went on to accuse him of sexual misconduct.

Around 20 women from the "Time's Up" movement against sexual harassment attended the 20-minute hearing in the packed Manhattan courtroom.

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Images of Weinstein, the notoriously bombastic producer of Oscar winners "Shakespeare in Love" and "The English Patient", in handcuffs last spring were seen by many women as a cathartic moment in the #MeToo reckoning.

The former Weinstein Co. leader put on his fiercest campaign yet to get the case thrown out, seizing on allegations of unscrupulous police work and putting forth a witness who says his rape accuser pressured her to corroborate her story. Weinstein's lawyers are also claiming that the prosecution has not included evidence, specifically correspondence between Weinstein and his accusers that they claim allude to a consensual relationship. Since then, one of the six counts against him was dropped by the Manhattan district attorney after evidence emerged that cast doubt one of his accusers. Seated in court were several actresses, including Marisa Tomei and Kathy Najimy, as well as activists for the Time's Up and #MeToo movements.

The friend told investigators that Weinstein and the accuser had been "hooking up" consensually for a while and that she never heard her say anything bad about him until a year ago, Brafman said in a court filing.

In October, prosecutors dismissed one charge against Weinstein after officials learned of inconsistencies in one accuser's story and learned that a detective had failed to bring those issues to prosecutors. Prosecutors said the material didn't pertain to Weinstein and the woman wound up not deleting anything.

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