(WBHnews) -Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on Monday requested a New York state appeals court docket to throw out his conviction for sexual assault and rape and grant a brand new trial, saying the trial decide made a number of errors that denied him an neutral jury.
Weinstein, 69, was sentenced in March 2020 by Justice James Burke of Manhattan prison court docket to 23 years in jail for assaulting former manufacturing assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping former aspiring actress Jessica Mann.
Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sexual encounters.
His conviction was seen as a watershed second within the #MeToo motion in opposition to sexual abuse and harassment.
Weinstein makes seven arguments in his bid to overturn his conviction, from seating a juror that Weinstein’s legal professionals accused of being grossly unqualified to an unduly harsh sentence.
His legal professionals additionally argue he was denied a presumption of innocence when Burke allowed the jury to listen to testimony from three girls who alleged Weinstein assaulted them despite the fact that their accusations didn’t lead to a prison cost.
The three girls described for the jury what prosecutors characterised as Weinstein’s signature sample of habits: luring girls to resort rooms or his condominium to debate movie roles, then attacking them.
Weinstein’s legal professionals had requested Burke in the course of the trial to bar two of the three from testifying.
Jurors had been instructed that the three girls’s testimony may solely be used as proof of Weinstein’s intent, not propensity to commit sexual assault.
Weinstein stated the third-degree rape cost must be dismissed as a result of the alleged misconduct occurred too way back, and a brand new trial ought to concern a single rely of first-degree prison sexual act.
Even when his conviction had been overturned, Weinstein nonetheless faces expenses together with forcible rape in Los Angeles involving 5 alleged victims from 2004 to 2013. Weinstein faces as much as 140 years in jail if convicted in that case.
Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware, further reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Modifying by Howard Goller