By Scroll Staff
Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on Monday launched an appeal against his conviction for sexual assault and rape, alleging that the trial judge made several errors that denied him an impartial jury, Reuters reported.
Weinstein’s counsel demanded he be granted a new trial. Weinstein, 69, was sentenced in March last year by Justice James Burke of Manhattan criminal court to 23 years in prison for assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping former aspiring actress Jessica Mann.
His conviction was seen as a watershed moment in the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment. Weinstein has consistently denied any wrongdoing, and has vowed to clear his name. The appeal filed on Monday in New York State Supreme Court signals the start of his attempts to have his conviction quashed.
The former producer made seven arguments in his appeal. In one argument, the lawyers said the trial was “ tainted by a single juror who demonstrated a strong and disqualifying bias in favour of the prosecution”, reported the BBC. His lawyers also argued that he was denied […]
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