Prosecutors argue the April 26 hearing should be closed to protect Weinstein's right to a fair trial and for the privacy of women whose allegations against him aren't part of the underlying criminal case.
Prosecutors want the women to testify at Weinstein's June 3 trial to show he's had a pattern of violating women. They also expect to discuss evidence that could be used against Weinstein if he testifies.
Weinstein's lawyers say press coverage of the hearing could taint the jury pool. Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
News organizations say they'll fight to keep the hearing open. A judge says he'll hear from them before deciding.