Flanked by teams of powerful lawyers, fanning out across civil and criminal courts all over America, Weinstein has notched up a series of small victories that might make a big difference.
The class action civil lawsuit against him in New York has already been dramatically reduced in size. There are now just three named women left on the case, and although the judge will allow lawyers for the plaintiffs to accuse Weinstein of sex trafficking, the charges levelled at his companies and executives (and therefore access to their funds) have been dismissed.
And if Weinstein himself declares bankruptcy, even if the judge in this civil lawsuit rules against him, there will be precious little compensation available for his alleged victims.
Separately, Weinstein’s conviction at criminal trial in New York is in no way assured. He has consistently denied any and all non-consensual sexual contact, and it is up to the prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed a crime.
In sexual assault cases, where the only witnesses are often the alleged perpetrator and victim, this is notoriously hard to do.
There are other problems for the prosecutors too.
The judge has already thrown out one of the charges against Weinstein after it was revealed that the lead detective in the case failed to tell prosecutors about a witness whose testimony cast doubt on one of his accusers.
There is also the issue of timing.
A judge recently pushed a slated 3 June start date back to September.
This gives Weinstein’s new all-star legal team even more time to simultaneously prepare and hope for the spotlight to fade further.
And then there’s the question of whether the judge will allow women who aren’t named in the criminal case to testify for the prosecution as evidence a pattern of behaviour, or “prior bad acts”. In a recent ruling, Justice James Burke said that any discussion about the admission of these witnesses, known as “molineux” witnesses, should be kept a secret from the public.
He mentioned Weinstein’s celebrity and suggested that intense interest could compromise a fair trial.
So the media and the public may not know for months if other accusers will appear in court.
This again will have a dampening effect on the wave of revulsion that crashed on Weinstein’s head in the aftermath of the first accusations against him.