In early 2020, disgraced movie mogul and repeat sex criminal Harvey Weinstein, 69, was convicted of committing a criminal sex act against production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006, as well as third-degree rape of aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a NYC hotel room in 2013, crimes for which he was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Now, Weinstein’s attorneys have filed an appeal in a New York court to reverse the conviction, requesting a new trial and claiming the last one was tainted by a biased judge and juror.
According to CNN, a motion filed by Weinstein’s lawyers refers to the conviction as a “miscarriage of justice,” and says that a guilty verdict was inevitable because of “a juror who had already prejudged the case against Mr. Weinstein and a trial judge intent on denying him a fair opportunity to defend himself.”
The juror in question is Juror No. 11, who Weinstein’s attorneys argue wasn’t forthcoming during selection because she failed to reveal that she’d written novels about “predatory” men and their relationships with women. As for the judge in the case, Weinstein’s counsel had previously tried to have Judge James Burke recuse himself after Burke admonished Weinstein and threatened him with jail time for repeatedly using his cell phone in court.
The motion also claims that the judge shouldn’t have allowed certain evidence: “Weinstein’s trial was overwhelmed by excessive, random, and highly dubious prior bad act evidence, none of which shed light on disputed issues relevant to the charged offenses.”
Weinstein is also facing charges in Los Angeles. Former Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed charges against Weinstein for two incidents from 2013. The first took place on February 18 of that year, when Weinstein allegedly pushed his way inside the Beverly Hills Hotel room of an unnamed Italian actress and raped her. The second happened just one day later, according to Lauren Young, a 30-year-old model who testified about her encounter in the New York trial.
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