NEW YORK – Nearly a year after a jury found producer Harvey Weinstein guilty of third-degree rape and sentenced him to 23 years in jail, the film mogul’s defense has asked to reverse the verdict.
According to his lawyers, Weinstein did not receive a fair trial and his constitutional rights were violated.
Last year a jury found Weinstein guilty of a first-degree criminal sexual act against production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006 and third-degree rape against aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013, but ruled out rape in the latter’s first degree and the two charges that included the alleged rape of actress Annabella Sciorra nearly 30 years ago.
Weinstein is admitted to the hospital.
During the process, which aroused international interest because of the relevance of the Hollywood mogul and because the complaints against him fueled the feminist movement of #MeToo, four other women also testified, whose testimonies were intended to support the evidence presented by those two women.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against film producer Harvey Weinstein.
The trial started on January 6, 2020 with the election of the jury that is made up of seven men and five women. On January 22, the Prosecutor’s Office and the defense presented their initial arguments and began to call witnesses.
The jury began its deliberations in March after lawyers and prosecutors presented their final arguments for and against King Midas of celluloid; process that ended in his conviction.