Jury Begins Deliberations In Harvey Weinstein Trial
Harvey Weinstein's future is now in the hands of the jury, a new report from Page Six has revealed. On Tuesday, the 7-man 5-woman jury in the Manhattan Supreme Court began their deliberations regarding the sex crimes of the disgraced producer.
Justice James Burke gave legal instructions for the jury to determine Weinstein's guilt. Earlier this week, Weinstein's main attorney, Donna Rotunno, wrote an op-ed in which she implored the jury to acquit Harvey Weinstein on all charges.
For that reason, the judge presiding over the case barred Weinstein's legal team from making any other public remarks about the trial. Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, the Assistant District Attorney, protested the essay to the judge, stating that the article for Newsweek was "inappropriate."
Moreover, she asked for the judge to hold Weinstein and his team accountable for the op-ed. As followers of the case know, Harvey has been accused of sexual misconduct, including rape, assault, and harassment, by approximately 90 women since the reports from the New York Times and the New Yorker were first published at the end of 2017.
Weinstein is facing off against several charges, including one count of a criminal sex act, two counts of predatory sexual assault, a well as two counts of rape. All of the charges come from three different women.
The jury's choice on what to do with Harvey Weinstein first started on the 7th of January. From there, the court and jury heard the emotional testimony from all of the aforementioned women, including Lauren Young, Tarale Wulff, and Dawn Dunning.
While the three women listed above were involved in the case, the charges against Harvey Weinstein are not directly related to them. Ever since the charges first came forth, Weinstein, the father-of-five, has pled not guilty to all the charges and maintains his innocence.
Harvey has stated repeatedly that all of his sexual interactions were consensual. Harvey, additionally, never testified in defense of himself. On Tuesday, while Harvey was walking into the courtroom, he told reporters that he was "feeling good."