Weinstein won’t testify before grand jury in rape case

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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2011 file photo, film producer Harvey Weinstein poses for a photo in New York. Weinstein has asked a judge to toss out a federal sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against him and he's invoking the words of some A-list actresses in his defense. (AP Photo/John Carucci, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein won’t testify before the New York grand jury that’s weighing whether to indict him on rape and other sex charges.

A statement issued through a spokesman Wednesday says Weinstein’s lawyers decided there wasn’t enough time to prepare him to testify. They say he learned the specific charges and the accusers’ identities only after turning himself in Friday, with a deadline set for Wednesday afternoon to testify or not.

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They say his request for more time was denied.

Prosecutors declined to comment.

Weinstein faces rape and criminal sex act charges involving two women in New York. Dozens more women have accused him of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault in various locales.