Harvey Weinstein’s legal professionals have demanded his rape trial is moved out of New York Metropolis after claiming his case has changed into a “media and leisure circus”.

The previous film mogul’s authorized staff say a “carnival-like environment” has taken maintain throughout eight days of jury choice in his case, making it unattainable for Weinstein to get a good trial in his hometown.

Their submission to Manhattan’s appellate courtroom got here hours after supermodel Gigi Hadid was minimize from the record of potential jurors in Weinstein’s trial.

The 67-year-old is charged with raping a lady in a Manhattan lodge room in 2013 and sexually assaulting one other girl in 2006.

He has pleaded not responsible and has insisted any sexual exercise was consensual. If convicted, he may face life in jail.

In a written assertion to the appellate courtroom on Thursday, Weinstein’s lawyer Arthur Aidala mentioned: “The deluge of publicity antagonistic to Mr Weinstein has engulfed the potential jury pool leading to untoward strain upon jurors to convict a person demonised and prejudged responsible.”

Weinstein’s authorized staff acknowledged that protection of his case extends past New York Metropolis, however his lawyer John Esposito described it as “the media capital of the world”.

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Prosecutors oppose transferring Weinstein’s trial, pointing to the remaining potential jurors who’ve all pledged they are often honest and neutral.

Transferring to a smaller group with a smaller jury pool would solely make it harder to search out jurors, prosecutors added.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein exits New York Criminal Court during a break in his sexual assault trial in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Picture: Weinstein left New York Legal Courtroom on Thursday utilizing a strolling body

Referring to demonstrations going down close to the courtroom, prosecutor Valerie Figuerdo mentioned: “There is not any motive to suppose the jurors can be impacted by it as a result of New Yorkers see protests on a regular basis.”

The matter will now go to a panel of judges with the intention of getting a choice earlier than opening statements in Weinstein’s trial, which may occur as early as subsequent week.

Appellate Justice David Friedman declined a request from Weinstein’s legal professionals to halt the trial till the panel’s ruling.

Final week, Weinstein’s legal professionals tried and did not get jury choice halted for a “cooling off” interval after Los Angeles prosecutors announced fresh charges in opposition to him on the primary day of the New York Metropolis trial.

Model Gigi Hadid arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court, on January 16, 2020, in New York City. - Hadid was excused Thursday from serving as a juror in former film producer Harvey Weinstein's rape and sexual assault trial, US media reported. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)
Picture: Mannequin Gigi Hadid was dominated out as a possible juror

His authorized staff mentioned the California expenses, which allege Weinstein sexually assaulted one girl and raped one other on back-to-back nights in February 2013, ushered in “a brand new wave of destructive press”.

Weinstein’s legal professionals had additionally requested the choose, Justice James Burke, to step apart for threatening to jail Weinstein for texting within the courtroom, however the request was rejected.

The choose says he expects a panel of 12 jurors and 6 alternates to be seated in time for opening statements within the trial subsequent Wednesday.

He advised potential jurors that he anticipated the trial to complete in early March.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Harvey Weinstein arrived at Manhattan Criminal Court on January 16, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
Picture: Weinstein’s legal professionals mentioned he had been ‘prejudged responsible’

Since 2017, greater than 80 ladies, together with a number of well-known actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct relationship again many years.

Weinstein has denied the allegations, saying any sexual encounters he had have been consensual.

The allegations helped gas the #MeToo motion, by which ladies have gone public with misconduct allegations in opposition to highly effective males in enterprise, leisure and politics.

However Justice Burke advised potential jurors on Thursday: “This trial will not be a referendum on the #MeToo motion.

“You have to determine this case on the proof.”