BREAKING NEWS: Harvey Weinstein, 69, appeals his rape conviction, claiming he didn’t get a fair trial because the jury convicted his ‘character and not his conduct’
Harvey Weinstein has filed an appeal on his rape and sex crimes conviction, claiming he didn’t receive a fair trial.
The disgraced movie mogul’s lawyer filed a 166-page appeal in Manhattan on Monday, in which they claimed the judge allowed too much testimony about Weinstein’s reputation and character.
They say that is what led the jury to convict him, rather than the facts of the case.
Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison. He is already 69 and, as his lawyers routinely pointed out during the trial, in poor health.
Weinstein was convicted of one count of criminal sexual assault in the first degree and one count of rape in the third degree last February.
Harvey Weinstein with his walker at court in February last year. He has filed an appeal on his rape and sex crimes conviction, claiming he didn’t receive a fair trial
Weinstein was convicted of raping Jessica Mann (left) and forcibly performing oral sex on Mimi Haleyi (right). Both women agreed to be identified as part of the case and they both gave evidence
He was cleared of three other charges. He was sentenced on March 11.
‘Simply put, the prosecution tried Weinstein’s character, not his conduct,’ his attorneys said in their appeal on Monday.
Weinstein was put on trial for alleged crimes against two different women; Jessica Mann, who said he raped her in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013, and Mimi Haleyi, who said he forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006.
Those were the only allegations that were prosecuted but dozens more women have publicly alleged he sexually assaulted or harassed them.
At the trial, other women whose claims were not being prosecuted were invited to give evidence.
That included Annabella Sciorra, who said Weinstein raped her in her apartment in the early 1990s.
Her claims fell outside of New York’s statute of limitations so was not included.