Harvey Weinstein, sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape, appealed the sentence and demanded a new trial in his case.
In an appeal, the Hollywood producer’s defence noted that the trial should be carried out with the participation of another judge since Judge James Burke ignored generally accepted principles of judicial law, thereby violating Weinstein’s constitutional rights.
Producer’s lawyer, Artur Aydala, pointed out that one juror wrote a book about older male rapists throughout the trial. When the book was published, its contents showed many similarities with the case of the movie mogul. The defence attorney stated that the writer clearly had a prejudice against the producer, and he should have been expelled from the jury.
Weinstein is currently detained at Wenda Correctional Facility in upstate New York. He continues to declare his innocence, notes that the appeal will shed light on her, and he hopes that the serious flaws in the conviction will be revealed.
Recall that in 2017, the American newspaper The New York Times published an article in which the producer was accused of numerous sexual harassment. According to the publication, Weinstein has been persuading young actresses and other company employees to intimate relationships for 30 years, promising career advancements for this.
At first, the case against Weinstein was based only on incidents involving two women: Mimi Haley, whom he allegedly seduced into an intimate relationship against her will in his Manhattan apartment in 2006, and Jessica Mann, who claimed that the producer raped her in a hotel room on Manhattan in 2013.
However, more than 80 women later spoke about Weinstein’s harassment, including Hollywood actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and many others.