Jailed filmmaker Harvey Weinstein filed a long-expected enchantment on his rape and sexual assault convictions Monday, kick-starting an try and have his 23-year jail sentence quashed.

Lawyers for Weinstein, discovered responsible final yr in a landmark verdict for the #MeToo motion, mentioned in a New York courtroom submitting that the “Pulp Fiction” producer was denied a good trial.

They argue that a number of girls who had accused Weinstein of sexual assault, however whose allegations weren’t included within the prices, mustn’t have been allowed to testify as so-called prior unhealthy acts witnesses.

“The American criminal justice system was designed to convict defendants based on their conduct — not their general character,” the attorneys wrote.

Weinstein’s legal professionals additionally argue that the impartiality of the jury was compromised by a juror who had written a ebook about older males preying on youthful girls.

The movie producer’s protection staff had tried unsuccessfully to have her dismissed forward of the trial.

“Based on the imminent publication of her book, she had a pecuniary motive to convict the defendant,” the attorneys wrote.

Weinstein, 69, was discovered responsible of a legal sexual act within the first diploma and rape within the third diploma in February 2020. He was cleared of predatory sexual assault prices.

Nearly 90 girls, together with Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, have leveled sexual misconduct allegations towards Weinstein, the Oscar-winning producer of quite a few hits together with “Shakespeare in Love.”

But the trial centered on prices associated to simply two. Weinstein was convicted of raping ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013 and of forcibly performing oral intercourse on former manufacturing assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.

In the enchantment, Weinstein’s legal professionals additionally accused Judge James Burke, who they repeatedly clashed with all through the seven-week trial, of passing an “unduly harsh and excessive” sentence.

Weinstein is being held at a most safety jail in upstate New York.

He can be awaiting trial in Los Angeles on rape and sexual assault prices involving 5 girls.

Related Stories


Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial on February 24 in New York.(AP file)
Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar

UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 12:10 AM IST

The disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of the royal honour of CBE awarded to him in January 2004 for his contribution to the British movie trade.


Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial in New York.(AP)
Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial in New York.(AP)

By Associated Press | Posted by Soumya Srivastava

UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 09:47 AM IST

A federal choose declined to offer preliminary approval to a proposed $18.9 million settlement between Harvey Weinstein and 9 girls who say he sexually assaulted or abused them.


Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse as jury deliberations continue in his rape trial in New York. Weinstein and his former studio’s board have reached a nearly $19 million settlement with dozens of his sexual misconduct accusers.(AP)
Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse as jury deliberations proceed in his rape trial in New York. Weinstein and his former studio’s board have reached an almost $19 million settlement with dozens of his sexual misconduct accusers.(AP)

By Reuters | Posted by Soumya Srivastava

UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 10:25 AM IST

Harvey Weinstein and his former studio’s board have reached an almost $19 million settlement along with his sexual misconduct accusers. However, the survivors’ legal professionals are calling it a ‘complete sellout’.


Follow us on Google News

VNAP News Portal