D.A. Accuses Weinstein Defense of Excluding White Female Jurors

Brenda Watkins
January 17, 2020

Weinstein's attorneys have cited the high number of people who have said they can not be impartial, and the "circus-like" conditions at the courthouse, which included a mass protest last week by anti-rape activists.

Three men and two women have been chosen as jurors in the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein, as the judge cautioned against using the case to make a broader statement about the #MeToo movement.

The court denied the request for a delay and will rule on the request to move the trial by next week, according to Arthur Aidala, one of Weinstein's lawyers.

Many were eliminated from contention early on after indicating they couldn't be fair and impartial.

Hadid - who has modeled for a host of top fashion brands - was greeted by a crowd of photographers as she returned to a NY court on the eighth day of jury selection in the proceedings key to the #MeToo movement.

As for the protests, prosecutor Valerie Figuerdo argued: "There's no reason to think the jurors would be impacted by it because New Yorkers see protests all the time".

But he is being tried on charges related to just two.

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Weinstein's trial began on January 6 and is expected to last up to two months. The defense said the California charges, which allege Weinstein sexually assaulted one woman and raped another on back-to-back nights in February 2013, ushered in "a new wave of negative press".

© Richard Drew, AP Harvey Weinstein arrives for jury selection in his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.

Next, they asked the judge, James Burke, to step aside for admonishing Weinstein and threatening to jail him for texting in the courtroom.

Hadid, 24, was spotted shortly before 9 a.m. walking into the courthouse trailed by a person resembling a bodyguard.

A few minutes later, she shook hands with a court officer and left the courthouse. However, despite her minor knowledge in the case, Gigi stated how she would "still [be] able to keep an open mind on the facts".

She told Burke that although she knew Weinstein - and actress Salma Hayek, who accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexual assault - she could still be fair and impartial.

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