Harvey Weinstein: Jury begins deliberations in producer rape trial, but still no verdict

The jury, made up of seven men and five women, deliberated Tuesday for about five hours without issuing a verdict and will return on Wednesday morning.

Weinstein, 67, is accused of first degree criminal sexual act, two allegations of rape and two accusations of predatory sexual assault. The charges are based on Testimony of Miriam Haley that Weinstein forced oral sex with her in 2006 and Jessica Mann’s testimony who raped her in 2013 during what she described as a violent relationship.

Some of the charges are structured as / or counts, so Weinstein can only be sentenced for two charges at most: one based on Mann’s allegations and one based on Haley.

Four other women, including actress Annabella Sciorra, also testified that Weinstein sexually attacked them as prosecutors tried to show who used his power in the film industry to prey on young and inexperienced women.
These are the women who testified against Harvey Weinstein
Sciorra’s testimony that raped her in the winter of 1993-1994 it does not fall under the statute of limitations, but can be used to support allegations of predatory sexual violence, which require serious sexual crimes against at least two victims. Predatory sexual assault is punishable up to life in prison.
However, Weinstein’s defense lawyers argued that sexual encounters were consensual. As evidence, they pointed out that both Haley and Mann have had sex with Weinstein after the alleged attacks, and have continued to have friendly contacts with him for years. He also denied allegations of non-consensual sexual activity related to other women.
Women’s testimonies highlighted thorny questions about consensus and the dynamics of power at the heart of the #MeToo movement – questions they rarely have, if anything, it has been tested in a courtroom.

Jurors ask for clarification on the charges

The jury that deliberated on the case sent a long note about 40 minutes after the deliberations began. The note asked the court for the legal definitions of many of the terms of the allegations, because the statute of limitations was not valid for some crimes and questions that indicated that they did not understand how the verdict was structured.

Later Tuesday afternoon, the jury asked for a project for Weinstein’s SoHo apartment, where he lived during alleged incidents involving Miriam Haley and Tarale Wulff.

Jurors also asked for a copy of all e-mails in which some women’s names are highlighted in red, referring to a list that has been sent to Black Cube, an Israeli espionage group that Weinstein hired to investigate allegations. against him. Sciorra’s name was highlighted in red in the document, prosecutors said in the trial.

Prior to Tuesday’s deliberations, the judge overseeing the Weinstein trial ordered his defense to refrain from communicating with the public or the press until there is a verdict in the case. The order came after the prosecution stated that a Newsweek written by chief lawyer Weinstein Donna Rotunno was improper and a violation of court rules.

Judge James Burke warned the team of what he called the “tentacles” of their “public relations juggernaut”.

Once acclaimed producer of films such as “Shakespeare in Love” and “Pulp Fiction”, Weinstein has been accused by multiple women of a wide range of sexual misconduct in stories published in October 2017 in the New York Times and New Yorker. A wave of similar claims against other influential men for allegedly abusing their power followed in what is now known as the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein is also accused of sexual violence and rape in separate incidents in Los Angeles.


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