Harvey Weinstein could face jail, bail hike over monitoring issues

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Harvey Weinstein enters State Supreme Court, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in New York. Judge James Burke is expected to issue rulings Thursday on defense motions seeking to dismiss some or all of a six-count indictment accusing Weinstein of rape and sexual assault. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein’s bail has been increased from $1 million to $5 million over allegations he violated bail conditions by mishandling his electronic ankle monitor.

Judge James Burke on Wednesday rejected prosecution calls to put the disgraced movie mogul in jail over the alleged violation. The prosecution says Weinstein has repeatedly left at home a piece of the monitoring technology that keeps the ankle bracelet activated.

The 67-year-old Weinstein’s lawyer says nothing nefarious is afoot. Weinstein is scheduled to stand trial in New York City beginning Jan. 6 on rape and sexual assault charges.

He’s pleaded not guilty and maintains that any sexual activity was consensual.

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