Harvey Weinstein‘s attorneys declare one of many 12 jurors on his sexual abuse trial lined up one essential reality — she wrote a novel about older males pursuing intercourse with younger women … and in consequence, they need a mistrial.
Weinstein’s lead legal professional, Donna Rotunno, identified the alleged lie in court docket Friday … telling the decide the juror lied on her juror questionnaire by not disclosing she was the creator of “Age of Consent” … a novel about boarding college women and their sexual relationships with older males in NYC.
Rotunno argued the themes of the e-book are too just like among the sexual harassment claims made towards Weinstein. Rotunno argued this was grounds for a mistrial.
The novel is not slated to be launched till July 2020, however somebody in Weinstein’s workplace clearly did their analysis.
Rotunno additionally takes umbrage with the 12 jurors being chosen whereas Weinstein’s awaiting a choice — from an appeals court docket — on the rejection of a movement to alter the trial venue.
As we reported, Weinstein feels he cannot get a fair trial within the Manhattan court docket as a result of they cannot discover jurors who aren’t biased by information protection and protests of his case.
It did not take lengthy for a choice to come back in … ‘trigger the decide instantly denied the movement for a mistrial.