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World Harvey Weinstein’s Jury Has Been Picked

01:10  18 january  2020
01:10  18 january  2020 Source:   nymag.com

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer Donna Rotunno claims disgraced film mogul has been made a scapegoat for MeToo movement and warns a 'band of sisterhood' has clouded the truth - with 'celebrity status' attached to making a sex claim against him

  Harvey Weinstein's lawyer Donna Rotunno claims disgraced film mogul has been made a scapegoat for MeToo movement and warns a 'band of sisterhood' has clouded the truth - with 'celebrity status' attached to making a sex claim against him Harvey Weinstein's lawyer Donna Rotunno claimed that a 'band of sisterhood' could 'cloud true events and facts' during the disgraced film mogul's upcoming rape and sexual assault trial in New York. Weinstein, who is recovering from recent back surgery and has been seen shuffling into court this week using a walker, is charged with raping one woman in a hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing a sex act on another in 2006.In an interview with ITV News, Rotunno accused the #MeToo movement of going 'too far' and said he had a right to a fair trial.

Lawyers have chosen the 12 jurors who will sit in the trial of former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein . About 700 potential candidates - including model Gigi Hadid - were screened over the course of two weeks before a group of seven men and five women were picked .

Harvey Weinstein CBE (/ˈwaɪnstiːn/; born March 19, 1952) is an American former film producer. He and his brother Bob Weinstein co-founded the entertainment company Miramax

Harvey Weinstein wearing a suit and tie: Scott Heins/Getty Images© Scott Heins/Getty Images Scott Heins/Getty Images

The 12-person jury for Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual-assault trial was finalized today.

The gender breakdown is equal, but the panel’s main demographic is white men, with the final breakdown being six white men, a black man, a Latina woman, two black women, and two white women.

Jury selection for the trial has been ongoing this week, though it proved to be difficult, with lawyers on both sides heavily scrutinizing potential jurors’ ability to be impartial.

Earlier this week, the prosecution, led by Joan Illuzzi-Osborn, accused Weinstein’s defense of “systematically eliminating white women” from its jury panel.

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Harvey Weinstein is about to go on trial - and 12 men and women in New York will be responsible for determining whether he is guilty. Jury selection is currently under way, with the former Hollywood producer accused of five charges, including rape and predatory sexual assault relating to two alleged

Gigi Hadid won’t be serving on the jury for Harvey Weinstein ’ s rape trial, but two women and three men will. It also looks like the remaining required seven jurors will be picked in the next few days, despite the defense's best and most recent efforts to stymie the process. Less than a week before.

BuzzFeed noted that several women were dismissed for such reasons as having photos of the women’s march on their social media, or for having worked in modeling.

One woman who worked in finance was dismissed, with the defense arguing that her industry had exposed her to “locker room talk” and stories about men holding women back in the workplace.

The defense also tried to remove a woman who said in her juror questionnaire that she had been sexually and emotionally abused by former boyfriends. That last dismissal wasn’t accepted by the judge, who said that this would not affect her ability to be impartial.

BuzzFeed also relayed some of the questions both sides asked during the questioning process, which whittles down the jury pool.

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But Mr. Weinstein ’ s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, has argued that the entire indictment was contaminated because prosecutors failed to show the grand jury evidence favorable to his client. He has said he will ask the judge to throw the charges out. “Mr. Weinstein ’ s case was not presented in a

James Burke issued directive as jury selection entered its final stage on Thursday.

It included such queries as, “Does anyone here think that a young actor or actress might have a sexual relationship with an older man for a reason other than love? Whether they find that person attractive or not?” and “Do you agree that someone might have sex with someone that was consensual and then years later say it was not?”

Over 100 women have publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of various forms of sexual misconduct.

He is formally charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of rape, and one count of criminal sex act stemming. Opening arguments will be made on January 22.

Harvey Weinstein accuser sobs as she describes trying to fight him off: 'I'm being raped' .
Harvey Weinstein's sex crimes trial heard testimony from Mimi Haleyi, who sobbed as she described the alleged assault: "I'm being raped."“I did reject him, but he insisted," said Haleyi, one of the two women whose accusations are the basis of the five charges against Weinstein.

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