The substantive trial against Harvey Weinstein started on Wednesday 22 January. On the first day of the deliberation, the seven men and five women of the jury failed to come to a unanimous opinion on the five charges against the film producer.

On Monday, January 6, the trial against Harvey Weinstein started. The film producer was accused of sexually unacceptable behavior by more than eighty women, but this case concerns two women who sue him for rape and unwanted oral sex. The incidents were reported to have taken place in 2013 and 2006. In this blog we will keep you informed of all developments.

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Jury will not make a judgment on the first day

The jury aborted the first day of its deliberation on Harvey Weinstein's guilt or innocence after five hours of deliberation. The seven men and five women on Tuesday failed to come to a unanimous verdict on the five charges against the film producer.

yesterday at 8:19 PM

Jury asks court for definitions of charges

The members of the jury in the case against Harvey Weinstein contacted the judge chairing the case within 45 minutes after the start of their consultation about whether or not the film producer is guilty. They asked him in writing for the legal definitions of concepts from the indictment. According to Page Six , it was about the concepts of "forced coercion" and "consent."

The jury also asked why the witness Annabella Sciorra was merely a witness to demonstrate a behavioral pattern by Weinstein, and not as an alleged victim. The answer to that question was that the accusations of the actress against Weinstein are time-barred. The judge told the jury to only consider the charges that were presented to them in the case.

yesterday at 4:57 PM

Judge forbids lawyers from talking to the press

Judge James Burke banned Tuesday's lawyers involved in the Harvey Weinstein trial from talking to the press until there is a verdict in the case. He did this after Weinstein's lawyer came under fire for a opinion article published in Sunday in Newsweek , in which she addressed the jury.

"I ask the members of the jury to do what they know is right and what is expected of them," said Rotunno in the article. "The facts are the facts. Harvey Weinstein is innocent. His fate depends on this and the world is watching. "

Public prosecutor Joan Illuzi called the article "100 percent inappropriate." Weinstein's lawyer Donna Rotunno defended the article as "just a commentary on the failure of the legal system."

Weinstein's lawyer was criticized earlier because during the trial a podcast interview with her appeared in the New York Times . She then had the defense that the interview was recorded before the substantive treatment of Weinstein's case had begun.

Friday at 5:17 PM

"He abused his status"

In the prosecutors' final argument, lawyer Joan Illuzzi calls Harvey Weinstein a "cruel rapist who abused his status to abuse women." "He kept in touch with his victims to make sure they would not see him as a rapist later. Well, he misjudged that."

Six women were allowed to testify in the case, including the two women who are the main prosecutors in this case.

Thursday at 11:34 PM

Lawyer Weinstein compares him with Tiger Woods

In her final plea, Weinstein's lawyer compared the case about the film producer with the sex addiction of golfer Tiger Woods, Page Six reports. "Woods is a sex addict. You don't see him in court," said Donna Rotunno. "Being sex addict is something other than being a rapist."
Woods checked into a clinic in 2010 to get rid of his sex addiction. The winner of 82 golf tournaments did this after his marriage had hit the rocks after a sex scandal.

Thursday at 8:14 PM

Lawyer Weinstein makes final plea

Weinstein's lawyer held her final plea on Thursday, reports Reuters news agency . "The prosecutor has come up with a sinister story about a man picking his victims out by having them undergo a series of tests," said lawyer Donna Rotunno. She says the charges were devised to drag a lot of money out of it.

The prosecution's final plea takes place on Friday. The jury then examines the case to pass judgment.

Tuesday, February 11 at 8:17 PM

Harvey Weinstein himself will not testify in the trial against him, his lawyers announced Tuesday. That means that all witnesses in the case have been heard. On Thursday, Weinstein's lawyer Donna Rotunno will make her final plea. The jury will deliberate next Tuesday. They must come to a unanimous decision.

Thursday, February 6 at 9:32 AM

According to a witness in 2013, Harvey Weinstein insisted that the woman accusing him of rape be given a role in the 2014 Vampire Academy film. Casting director Marci Liroff testified that the film producer's company had asked her to accuse Jessica Mann and the Brazilian actress Talita Maia audition, even though they would not be suitable for the role. "They were too old for the role and too long," said Liroff. "We were looking for fifteen-year-olds. They were not good enough for this role as an actor." When asked whether the women's audition was a waste of time, the casting director replied in the affirmative, according to Page Six .

Wednesday, February 5 at 11:15 AM

The jury and judges were shown photos of the genitals of Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday. Visitors and the press were not allowed to be present. The photos, taken by a photographer from the public prosecutor, are part of the evidence against Weinstein. Jessica Mann, who accuses Weinstein of sexual abuse, had previously testified that the genital area of ​​the film producer would show scars. Weinstein's lawyers had previously objected to showing the photos to the jury.

Wednesday, February 5 at 11:06 AM

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer team interviewed his accuser Jessica Mann about her psychological past during the trial on Tuesday. To questions as to whether she had ever lost sight of reality in the past, Mann replied in the negative. She did say she was sometimes less connected to her environment. "Are you my psychiatrist?" Mann replied after Weinstein's lawyer addressed the paranoid disorders that, according to Weinstein's defense, she would suffer.

Wednesday, February 5 at 10:56 AM

On Monday, February 3, the trial against Harvey Weinstein has been postponed to the next day, reports The Guardian . A witness could not control her breathing and continued to cry in the witness stand, even after a short break. The witness started crying after she had to read a letter written by herself from a lawyer from Weinstein. In the letter the witness wrote about her sexual relationship with the film producer and the appearance of his genitals.

Thursday, January 23 at 9:04 PM

Sciorra says to have gone through a difficult period after the rape. She did not want to see her friends and did not speak to anyone about the event for a long time. At the time, she claimed to have thought that rapes were taking place in alleys. She used to drink a lot of alcohol and did self-mutilation. The actress says that he was confronted with Weinstein more often later. He would have stood in front of her hotel room during a film festival in 1997 with a bottle of baby oil and a film. Weinstein can no longer be convicted of the possible rape of Sciorra because the case has expired, but the prosecutors want to use her testimony to show a pattern in Weinstein's behavior that lasted for decades.

Thursday, January 23 at 8:47 PM

Sciorra further said that Weinstein sent her packages several times, one of which contained chocolate penises and valium, which the actress calls "disgusting and inappropriate", Page Six reports.

Thursday, January 23 at 8:44 PM

Weinstein's Lawyer Donna Rotunno also had the opportunity to interview Sciorra. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she questioned the fact that the actress does not remember the exact date (or month) of the rape and cannot remember the address where she lived at the time. Sciorra stated that she blocked a large part of her time in her head.

Thursday, January 23 at 8:41 PM

The Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra testified against Weinstein on Tuesday. The actress says she was raped in her own apartment in late 1993 or early 1994 by the former film producer. According to Sciorra, he brought her home after a dinner with people from the film world. He dropped her off, but didn't knock on it much later when the actress was getting ready to go to bed. He then forced her onto the bed and raped her while holding her hands above her head so she couldn't fight back. After that he would also have forced oral sex on her. Sciorra, in his own words, tried to get Weinstein off, but at a certain point lost the power.

Wednesday, January 22 at 10:34 PM

Prosecutor Meghan Hast has released shocking details in her opening speech about attacks by Weinstein on six women who are going to testify against the fallen film producer. During her statement, she stepped down to the table Weinstein was behind and pointed to him, saying, "This man is a sexual predator and rapist," The Guardian reports.

Wednesday, January 22 at 10:27 PM

27 women who commented on their experiences with Harvey Weinstein expressed support for the women who testify against the former film producer.

Twenty-seven women who came forward to report Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct issued the following statement in support of Annabella Sciorra, Mimi Haleyi, Dawn Dunning and all of the brave women who will testify in Weinstein's criminal trial in New York City.

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Tuesday, January 21 at 3:43 PM

Wednesday January 21 the trial between Weinstein and his prosecutors will really start. According to American experts, it is a challenge for the fallen film producer to defend themselves without being insensitive, they say. If he wants to win the case, Weinstein must convince all twelve jury members.

Monday, January 20 at 11:20 AM

A fourth person who has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse, the American actress Dominique Huett, did not agree with Weinstein's settlement proposal. With this she joins three other prosecutors, reports The Guardian . Huett rejects an amount of 500 million dollars. In October it was already announced that Weinstein wants to reach a settlement for a number of women accusing him of sexual abuse.

Friday, January 17 at 8:49 PM

On Friday, January 17, the twelve-member jury for the case against Weinstein was elected in New York. It concerns seven men and six women. American media report that.

Friday, January 17 at 7:29 AM

Gigi Hadid does not become a member of the jury in the case against Weinstein.

Thursday, January 16 at 10:45 AM

The Guardian reports that the defense of Weinstein wants to try to move the trial that is taking place in New York to another place. The reason for this is the 'flood of negative press' that would be poured out over the former film producer. The defense submits a motion of 87 pages in which the judge must be convinced that the case is better off somewhere else.

Wednesday, January 15 at 10:35 PM

Arthur Aidala, one of the lawyers on the Weinstein team, says Variety says the case will open on Wednesday, January 22. For a moment it seemed that the case had to be postponed because there are problems in finding a suitable jury to assess the process. According to the lawyer, the twelve-member jury was found on 22 January and both parties are then expected to tell their story in court.

Wednesday, January 15 at 3:05 PM

The request of Harvey Weinstein's defense to allow the further selection of the jury to take place behind closed doors in order to create a fair trial for the fallen film producer has received fierce criticism from the prosecutor and news media. Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi states that the selection is fair and that there is no reason to handle that behind closed doors.

Wednesday, January 15 at 2:44 PM

Gigi Hadid may be summoned as a member of the jury against Harvey Weinstein.

Thursday, January 9 at 7:58 AM

According to Reuters, a total of 90 of the potential jury members who were to assess the trial were rejected during the jury selection. These judges said they cannot form an impartial opinion in the matter. One of them has a friend who knew Weinstein personally and some women say they have been assaulted in the past.

Tuesday, January 7 at 3:25 PM

On the day the trial began in New York, it was also announced that there are more charges against Weinstein in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, January 7 at 2:27 PM

Lawyer Gloria Allred (photo, left) assists actress Annabella Sciorra and production assistant Mimi Haleyi in the case. Haleyi says that Weinstein had forced oral sex with her in 2006. The woman who sues Weinstein for rape in 2013 does this anonymously.

Tuesday, January 7 at 2:11 PM

Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who claims to have been raped by Weinstein in the early 1990s, is allowed to testify in the case. The defense of Weinstein objected to this, because she's barred in Sciorra's case, but the judge gave the prosecutors permission to hear her story. The prosecutors hope to be able to paint the picture that Weinstein has been guilty of sexual abuse for a long time.

Tuesday, January 7 at 1:53 PM

Lawyer Donna Rotunno, who defends Harvey Weinstein, says he is acquitted. She does not expect that the number of accusers (more than a hundred women claim to have been confronted with sexual abuse by the film producer) will have a negative influence on the jury. She argues that this case concerns only two women and that the jury members may wonder whether the stories are credible given that they did not go to court.

Tuesday, January 7 at 1:12 PM

The selection of the jury for the trial will start on Tuesday 7 January. This can take around two weeks. Twelve judges must be chosen from among 2000 candidates, but only 500 are expected to show up. Donna Rotunno, the lawyer of Weinstein, expects that after the selection of the jury the trial can take another eight weeks.

Tuesday, January 7 at 12:12 PM

Weinstein himself arrived in court with a walker. He recently underwent back surgery.

Tuesday, January 7 at 12:07 PM

Actresses Rose McGowan and Rosanna Arquette joined a group of Silence Breakers on Monday that had gathered outside the court in Manhattan, New York. McGowan, one of the actresses who spoke out against the film producer, turned to Weinstein during a press conference. "Whatever lies you tell yourself, you did this yourself. You thought you could terrorize us so that we would keep our mouths shut, but you were wrong."

Monday, January 6 at 5:39 PM

Here you will find more information about which case exactly started today.

Monday, January 6 at 5:38 PM

Here an overview of all charges against Weinstein.

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