Harvey Weinstein Appeals Sex Crimes Conviction
Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has filed an appeal annually after he was convicted of rape and sexual attack, and is looking for a new trial
Weinstein was found guilty of criminal sexual assault and rape and sentenced to 23 years in prison last year
His lawyers argue from the allure which Weinstein was tried in a”highly explosive and prejudicial atmosphere” and was forced out to be a”media villain”
The Manhattan district attorney’s office said it might respond in its court filing
Weinstein, who has been accused of murdering dozens of women, was convicted of raping a girl in a nyc hotel room in 2013 and liberally performing oral sex to a different girl at his flat in 2006.
His lawyers argue in the charm which Weinstein was tried in a”highly explosive and prejudicial atmosphere” and was forced out to be a”media protagonist,” taking aim at Judge James Burke, arguing he swayed results with rulings favorable to prosecutors, and a juror who had written a book involving predatory older men.
“Mr. Weinstein had a right to a fair trial with an impartial jury,” attorneys Barry Kamins, John Leventhal and Diana Fabi-Samson composed in the brief.
“Though the defense raised legitimate questions regarding whether Juror No. 11 was matched to function, the trial court neglected to discharge its constitutional obligation to perform a full inquiry to make certain that the juror was capable of producing a fair and impartial verdict,” the defense lawyers contended from the 166-page brief filed with the state law court.
“Juror No. 11’s fixation with matters of permission and predatory older men and also her lack of candor concerning it, raises troubling questions about if she prejudged Mr. Weinstein’s guilt and if she had a private agenda to see him convicted,” they continued.
The appeal took aim at the simple fact that the defense relied heavily on testimony from women who asserted that he sexually assaulted them, though he wasn’t billed for those incidents.
“Simply put, the prosecution tried Weinstein’s character not his conduct,” the lawyers wrote.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office said it might respond in its court filing.
“We will respond in our brief to the court,” a spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said in a statement.
Weinstein is also billed in California with assaulting five women from Los Angeles and Beverly Hills in 2004 to 2013. His extradition has been postponed due to the pandemic. Weinstein tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after arriving at the most security Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo past spring.
Weinstein maintains his innocence and asserts that any sexual activity was real.
That is a developing story. Check back for further updates.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.