The legal team of the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein requested a new trial with new juries, after he was found guilty of charges of rape and sexual assault in December 2022.
The motion was delivered this Tuesday to the judge in charge of the case, Lisa B. Lenchand the assistant prosecutors paul thompson Y Marlene Martinezaccording to information from the specialized media Variety.
The petition will be reviewed on the day of Weinstein’s sentencing, which will take place on 23 of February in the city of Los Angeles, California (USA).
In 2022, Weinstein was found guilty of rape, forced oral copulation, and another count of sexual misconduct in relation to a woman.
The former Hollywood titan was tried for seven charges which were based on accusations of four women whose sexual abuse occurred between 2005 and 2013, all allegedly in Los Angeles hotel rooms.
Nevertheless, was acquitted of one of seven charges against him and three other counts did not have a unanimous verdict by the jury.
In 2020 weinstein He was sentenced to 23 years in prison in a trial held in New York and now could face a sentence of up to 24 years.
Weinstein’s lawyers (Alan Jackson and Mark Werksman) asked the court to reduce the final verdict and to “reconsider their rulings”, alleging that the jury received inadequate instructions.
The former producer’s defense maintains that during the trial, which lasted two months, they were prevented from admitting evidence and arguments necessary for their case.
They claim to have Facebook messages as evidence that could cast doubt on the testimony of one of the accusers.
Weinstein’s conviction in New York marked a great triumph for the #MeToo movement in her feminist fight against sexual abuse and assault.
“It’s time for the defendant’s reign of terror to come to an end”, declared at the time the assistant district attorney, Marlene Martinez, during its closing arguments. “It’s time to bring him to justice,” he added.
“Harvey Weinstein forever destroyed a part of me that night in 2013. I will never get my back. The criminal trial was brutal. Weinstein’s lawyers put me through hell on the witness stand. But I knew that I had to see this through to the end, and I did it, ”the actress said in a statement that she suffered abuse from the producer in Beverly Hills, anonymously identified as Jane Doe 1.
More than 100 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct since 2017at which time the #MeToo movement broke out, when countless actresses, models and women from the world of cinema denounced the producer.
(With information from EFE)
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